Restoring Order

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When I was going insane in 08, (because whenever communism or its slower, but just as lethal sister, socialism, with or without happy fun hats threatens, my PTSD rises up, and the back of my brain starts spinning so that I can’t write) Jerry Pournelle gave me as advice “If you can’t do anything else, make things very clean.  It won’t hurt, and in the long run might help, because when you get off the panic mode, it’s one less thing to worry about.”

So I did.  I spent what must have been months scraping and waxing the floors of the previous house.

I’m mostly angry right now, and hopefully the idiocy doesn’t last that long, because, you know, I’m ….. well…. I suppose I could replace the carpet with wood.  Which needs to be done, as well as a lot of touch up and refinishing.

Anyway….

The reason this post is so late is that I woke up the day after a big family holiday meal (the holiday meal was big. The family remains smallish.) to a kitchen in upheaval, since I’d taken out large cooking implements I use maybe once a year, plus a lot of good dishes that DO NOT get washed in the dishwasher.  Plus the floor of the kitchen was a mix of chocolate (I made low-carb chocolate bunnies. They went over well….) and marinade, and heaven only knows what.

It’s snowing really hard out.  When the weather predicted snow only yesterday, I had planned to go to the home improvement store today and spend most of the day refinishing the front door, which has taken a beating from the weather these last four years since we moved.  I also planned to do some repainting inside, and plant two trees.  (Squints out the window at the flying blindness of snow.)  So, that isn’t happening.  in fact, this is one of those times that Colorado would be shut down even without our governor being a concentrated blot of leftist insanity.

But I said I’d start the journey back to normal today.  And so, I did.  I’m on the third load of dishes, and the kitchen looks like a  place human beings might cook and eat in.

And you know, Jerry was right. (Yeah, I SHOULD be surprised. Not.) Because there is something inherently therapeutic in taking a confused mess with blobs of stuff spattered all over and making it into a shining, clean space.  It gives you a feeling you have some control. (More on that later.)  It doesn’t stop the panic — nor should it — but it gives you a sense that you’re not adrift in chaos and powerless to impose your own desires on your personal environment.  And when you’re done, you are rewarded with things looking and feeling better, too.

Meanwhile I was informed (three times. LOL) that Rush Limbaugh read part of my PJM post on why culture makes a big difference in the transmission of any disease, and why OF COURSE NYC has a different risk than the rest of the country.  (BTW, you’ll find if you look on line that they say population density is something like 22k people per square mile.  That’s wrong.  Husband spent way more hours diving into the numbers on all this (He’s now obsessed, and as normal when it’s numbers, all I can do is let him finish his research and then, hopefully, use it in a post.) It is only 22k people per square mile because they include Staten Island in the count. If they don’t, it’s 77k people per square mile.  Compare that to, say, New Mexico, which has at best 2 people per square mile, and you see how irrational it is to model the entire country the same.)  I’m very flattered.  I’ve never listened to Rush, though most of my friends did, back in the day, mostly because I had untreated ADD (actually ADHD because I fidget, can’t sit still, and can only concentrate on something auditory while doing something else.  Which is why I listen to audio books while cleaning.)  Now it’s treated, but I still don’t listen to things very often.  I have however read him, and am aware of the genius of the man.

Anyway, one thing I don’t think I said in the article (I woke up and wrote four of them in a row, so…) is that it baffles me that other people can’t see this.  I have to consciously remember that, through accident of circumstances, I’ve changed cultures more often than most human beings, and can see how the differences translate in daily life, and therefore in risk of disease.

Our president, admirably down to Earth as he is, is after all a New Yorker, and New Yorkers have trouble understanding the rest of the country is not a sort of New York manque.  I think that is part of what has allowed him to be maneuvered into the insanity of locking down the country and destroying the economy.  Which, yes, will doubtlessly now be turned around and used against him.

But, on this snowy morning, and having just cleaned my kitchen enough my female ancestresses can stop haunting me, I’m willing to see positive stuff too:

Governors in the East — in the EAST — are talking of re-opening; the president is talking of re-opening.  Maybe the worst of the howling insanity is now passing.

And meanwhile, maybe we can explain to our slower countrymen why the economy matters; why it’s not just “money” and, in the unpleasant times we now face, why it’s always bad for a government  — ANY government — to prevent people from working and producing.

Meanwhile, like me this morning, coming into a kitchen with dirty appliances and dishes piled with very little rationality on every surface, it’s time for us to take stock of what we now face, with clear eyes and thinking mind.  There are various places now yelling about food shortages this Fall.  And yeah, what’s being destroyed/plowed under, etc, is MOSTLY what supplied restaurants, but please stop and think about it.  If people were eating half the week at restaurants (some estimates are that most people — certainly not us, btw. If we go out once a week it’s a lot — eat out one meal a day) they still need the same amount of food.  In the right “supply chain” or not, that food will be missed.  So, plan accordingly.  I need to budget SPACE to store emergency provisions.

In the same way if your job is at risk or already gone, plot your course.  Take this week or this couple of weeks to plot a way to solvency.  What is there that needs doing that you can do, and that will pay you.

What needs doing will have changed, just like my kitchen cleaning routines don’t apply to the chaos I faced this morning.  And you might find you know things you can do and fill niches no one else can.  Or at least no one has thought of yet.

And it’s time. It’s time, because otherwise the statists will take advantage of the mess they made to impose their preferred, top-down solution, which will only guarantee sooner or later this ends in blood.

So…. take stock of the mess. Decide where there is something you can do. Start planning how to do it.

Me? I have a novel to finish and have jotted down two article ideas for PJ for later today.
Meanwhile, I’ll also learn to do clothing alterations, so that I can change the clothes I want to keep to my present size.

And I should get that subscription on Amazon, so I can watch Foyle’s war and establish some kind of exercise program, if our weather is going to be as crazy as our government.

Let’s get to work and reestablish our own version of ordered chaos, the only order Americans thrive in.  Before the socialists decide the solution is to break dirty dishes and throw them away.

186 thoughts on “Restoring Order

  1. New York Manque. How very true. It’s why so many provincials come here and drive up the prices. 😀

    1. I would like to know what manque is infesting the mindset of whoever is hallucinating up restriction rules in Manila. My Mom was so upset she tried calling me in horror dark thirty AM. They’re talking about reducing hours of trade even further. So people will have even LESS time to get essentials done, thus cramming more people into the malls and markets … oy.

  2. We just got a chop saw, so now I can cut wood in straight lines that are actually straight. (This matters if you’re building something.) So I’ll start on a new loft bed for my daughter tomorrow with wood I marked last summer.

    This house isn’t going to look great when all is said and done—I still have three young kids who make more mess than I can clean—but there will be improvements.

    1. Many years ago I got DeWalt’s biggest, fanciest 12″ compound miter saw. Cost about $600 but worth every cent for making ACCURATE cuts.

    2. Yes, my house is going to look amazing after this spring and summer. We redid all the doorways from the bedrooms, closets and bathrooms, and then repainted the hallway (because with the door doors and repainted trim the hall walls looked gross and grotty – and then we knocked out a stretch of drywall to build a set of bookshelves between the studs…and I got paid by a new client for a book project, so that we could go to Lowes’ today to buy enough pavers and pea gravel to finish off the walkway area at the front of the house … and I want to re-do the fireplace in the living room and the bookshelves on either side in a kind of Craftsman design.

      1. the fireplace in the living room and the bookshelves on either side


        Handy for when throwing a book against the wall just isn’t enough. 🙂
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        Edna Mode: “No capes!!”

    3. Husband got tired of fighting with some of our stuff and ordered a saw that can handle 4x4s, when it was on sale for about 300 all said and done.

      The idea was that we’d use it to repair the kids’ swing set, and a room separator.

      The swingset is still in pieces, but the chicken coop is half done and two aaaargh bad shelves have been replaced with…what do you call those shelves that are designed to lay on the wall, and then you put a few screws into them to avoid pulling, but most of the weight is just pushed into the wall? Because that’s what I put up, made almost entirely out of the discount wood pile from Menards.
      Maaaaaasive improvement on being able to actually store stuff. Also got two bunkbed sets set up, and hauled shelving from the basement into the is-it-a-room-or-a-closet in the girls’ room so I could sort ALL the bed-clothes.

      Husband is still not clear what “hey, we have three pairs of sheets that fit the grown-up bed” has to do with “isn’t it great you bought that saw?”

      1. “isn’t it great you bought that saw?”


        * We repainted everything downstairs, most the new trim is down … it is all primed and painted, but not down.
        * We bought bathroom floor cove base trim, in 2016 … still rolled in the garage.
        * Replaced all the interior pre-primed doors, room & closet doors, in 2016

        This does not count:
        1. Film/Slide picture development supplies … special equipment that put everything into one kit so could setup in interior utility room. Plus an enlarger. -> Never used.
        2. 5 or 6 copies (new one every 3 or 4 years) of Photoshop Elements … Finally used this year to do some digital photo enhancements, & sent to Costco for 8×10 or 10×12 pictures to put up.

        You have my sympathies.

        I’ll be allowed to use the house maintenance equipment … Never …

        1. *chuckles* He got tired of me snarling at him for taking over my “good enough for me” jobs so the new saw was set up in a way that I can use.

          Doesn’t really work for your projects, though.

  3. …I think that is part of what has allowed him [Trump] to be maneuvered into the insanity of locking down the country and destroying the economy.

    To be fair, the President has issued recommendations with no force of law and left it to the Governors to implement what was sensible for each State. Some (yours in CO & Witless Whitmer in MI especially) have gone way overboard, others not so much.
    I suspect a lot of stuff will start to open up May 1.
    I also expect that Governors in States with good numbers (low hospitalization rates) who stay locked down later than June 1 will get a quiet word from Barr that if lawsuits for deprivation of civil rights are filed that the Justice Dept will be amici for the plaintiffs, recommending that personal liability,/i> could be appropriate.
    Trump can’t order the Governors around, but he knows effective persuasion.

    1. I remember the gentle persuasion from the Feds in various crises. When Gas Crunch I (1973 Yam Kippur war and the ensuing OPEC oil embargo) happened, the 55 mph national speed limit was obtained by the Feds threatening to cut off highway funds for any states that had the nerve to insist that people could actually drive faster. Also on driving, seatbelt laws were nationalized by similar means. See the Title IX pressure from the previous administration.

      If GEOTUS wants to pry open the lockdown states, he could find a suitable non-subtle way.

      “Oh, those highway funds? Since you’re disallowing 50% of the traffic on the highways, I think that your federal subsidy for Interstate 666 just got reduced to 25% of last year. Do you think that’s unfair? Of course, if you dispute that, all the subsidies will be put in escrow until the courts are finished. The civil rights lawsuits are taking priority, so you should get a resolution in 5 or 6 years.”*

      OTOH, he’ll probably use the pointage, laughter and mockery he does so well. By then the Left will be complaining that he’s being the dictator that they’re furious that he’s currently *not* being.

      (*) Hey, a Deplorable can dream, can’t he?.

      1. Problem is those measures need legislation and the Marxist Party which controls the House will never go along with it.

        1. A metric crap-ton of “emergency” laws are already on the books. Some date to early in the Cold War, some came along more recently.

          It is a safe assumption that Trump has high-dollar high-talent lawyers reviewing what folks handed him by going along with a 50 state “declaration of emergency”, and in other dark corners of US Code. He didn’t toss that observation about 50 SoE out there for drama, I suspect.

          Hopefully, he turns a bright light on that legislative nonsense, also.

    2. Trump can’t ORDER governors around, but he CAN grasp them firmly by the testicles…and squeeze.

      Sadly, the worst of them won’t respond to that approach, since they either lost them entirely or developed brass ones years ago. Gavin Noisome springs to mind.

      1. I think the smart ones know the answer now and there’s going to be a race to open as precipitous as the race to close. They need to open and want to get out in front of Trump.

        I thought Easter, but a day late and a dollar short would be pretty good for government work.

        1. The smart ones know that, while California may be in lock-down Texas is offering cookies to any business willing to move there.

          Nor is Texas the only one beckoning.

      2. Nuisance, Despicable Kate Brown, and Jay Whathisname are doing a tri-state plan to reopen the economies that they’ve shut down. The press release from DKB talks about “we have to keep everybody safe from the virus” with nothing resembling a promise to actually restart the economy.

        1. The people that own them are counting the cost. it’ll cascade like it did the other way.

          1. I hope, though Kate has been known to take the worst ideas from California and Washington and apply them to Oregon. And yes, I’m seeing more signs for “State of Jefferson” in the area.

              1. And there’s a lot of money in California.

                If nothing else, then Disney’s going to start getting very annoyed if California doesn’t reopen. Not only does Disney have the single most famous theme park in the world located in California, but most of its major corporate offices (including subsidiaries) are located here. If California doesn’t reopen, then Disney doesn’t start working again.

                And Disney’s hardly the only major corporation located in this state that’s been badly hurt by the shut down.

                1. From Wall Street Journal:
                  Disney+ may be the only plus for Disney as coronavirus slams other businesses
                  Disney+’s 50M Subscriptions Might Not Be as Good as They Look
                  Disney+ Now Has 50 Million Paid Subscribers. That Won’t Save Disney’s 2020.

                    1. I mean, yeah, I get it if someone makes the decision to NOT buy a work because they don’t agree with the politics of the author, or something presented in the work (ex: apparently a LOT of people bounced off of The Ancient Magus’ Bride hard because of the female MC getting purchased, as well as the bathroom bathing scene; or dropping The Rising of the Shield Hero because of the slavery aspect) but telling people to not buy their work because your politics… uhm.

                  1. Saw a number that said the mouse is losing ~$30 mil PER DAY from all its operation being shut down. I’d almost feel sorry for it except that ya know all the upper echelon are still drawing full pay and bonuses.

                2. Yeah – The House of The Mouse does not have a major theme park located in Texas. Yet.

                  Imperator Gavin should keep that “Yet” in mind.

    3. Whitless update of a sort. The house next to the one across the street from me has the projecting xmas light set up and one. I wonder if it is a jab at her silly no landscaping nonsense. I’ve not seen them leaving and they got 3 young kids. Weather, yesterday and today, was not conducive to outside work either (rain and then Snow) and Saturday’s outside work didn’t seem to include them.

  4. I gotta try that cleaning thing. I keep letting the paper clutter get out of hand. Among other things.

    1. GROAN. Junk mail is piled on the kitchen table again.

      At least the damntaxes are done. And, that is definitely one word.
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      Hard work and sacrifice pays off at some indefinite time in the future. Laziness pays off today.

      1. Junk mail is the reason I keep the recycle bin between the front door and the mailbox. I extract the one store flyer, and stuff that needs burned (credit card offers mostly, although I enjoy watching the AARP garbage go up in flames). The rest doesn’t even make it into the house.

        Of course, the pile of “to be burned” keeps growing, although I blame that on having very few days this winter and spring without either winds or rain. That’s my story, anyway…

        1. When we first m over to this area we had enough land that we could do a burn barrel. Picked up an old oil barrel free from the local fuel oil company and set it on cinder block over the gravel drive.

          Then set about burning a lot of trash the previous owner had left lying about. Including a few books. That didn’t set right, but what the hell else do you do with a copy of PEYTON PLACE so moldy as to be largely illegible? Or a novelization of ALIEN? Sending either one to a Library Sale is NOT charitable; it just wishes the problem on somebody else.

          1. We had a roof leak in the “library” room and quite a few books were badly damaged and/or moldy. Last winter I set up an barrel with a lid and smokestack, which was OK with the city, and totally not a doubleplus ungood “burn barrel”… after burning a big stack of scrap wood I burned all the damaged books. Most of them were reduced to book-shaped blocks of ash, like ghost books.

            I deliberately avoided keeping track of what I paid for those books. Sigh.

        2. The AARP were merely annoying. Then they went full evil when their board started pumping money into gun control groups despite member complaints.

          1. AARP ‘leadership’ is a bunch of leftist yuppies in their 30’s and 40’s. Sometimes when I’m bored I cut every bit of identifying information out of every piece of paper they sent me and return it all to them in their pre-paid envelope. Take that, hosers!

            1. They also sold out their membership by supporting Obamacare, which is premised on and designed by people who think older people shouldn’t receive care because it takes resources from younger people and would rather older people go off to be euthanized and turned into Soylent Green. They are an organization that is ostensibly for older people that actually hates those very same older people. I find the AARP to be reprehensible.

      2. Junk mail is one of the reasons why I got a paper shredder. It’s safer for dealing with things like pre-filled credit card applications and other bits of unsolicited paperwork with personal information on them. And shredding junk mail is just one of the little things that fills me with bits of happiness.

        1. ProTip: before shredding your junk mail always open it and separate the pieces. This not only makes shredding thick appeals much easier it prevents your shredder being ruined due to inclusion of nickels and St Whoever medals that some include.

  5. I never understood why people didn’t understand that the massive sources of infection were outliers, not the norm for the United States. New York is as close to a European city as you can get in the United States. Louisiana is poor, you have a lot of people with serious health issues, and there are so many places that people are packed in like sardines. Washington state’s deaths were mostly in the nursing homes and care facilities-where a lot of the co-morbidity issues are collected. In California, a lot of the cases are hitting in Santa Clara county, where you have lots of people with a “my shirt doesn’t smell, so I’m clean” hygiene packed together because of the tech industry and California housing policy that hasn’t changed since the ’70s.

    And, the models were terrible, and I feel sorry for every death. But, most of the casualty rates were in the range of the usual flu season, and for the same reasons (COVID-19’s killing mechanism seems to be opportunistic infections).

    The world is going to have changed when we open up-I’m pretty sure it’ll be May 1st or in that range. And, the statists expected us to be cowed and betting for scraps and change.

    I will enjoy seeing their faces when they realized just what they unleashed. You’ve got a lot of Americans with a lot of pent-up energy, both native and imports. They’re going to build new things, start new things, create new things. And none of them will be near the places of the Usual Suspects. And, nowhere near their ability to really control.

    They might have just destroyed the mechanisms they use for “soft” control-the media, the news, and the intellectual institutions. And, the statists never really understood how to work the “hard” systems.

    (As an aside, if anyone knows how to get in touch with the people in charge of “below-DC/Marvel”-tier comic book publishers, there is a huge opportunity here to get an audience and save comic book stores. Working on a Power Point presentation to put on YouTube now, will explain here if people ask.)

    1. “They might have just destroyed the mechanisms they use for “soft” control-the media, the news, and the intellectual institutions.” Does anyone here have ANY faith/belief in the media? As I keep saying, I despise, detest, and distrust the media, especially the NYT and the WaPoo (and CNN,ABC,NBC,CBS…) Also, are the Dems a wholly-owned subsidiary of the media, or is it the other way round? Regardless, they’re in cahoots.

      1. Nope. Not since I was in college the second time, and what the textbooks described and quoted had zero, zip, nada relation to what I had lived through (political, not “on this date, this thing happened.”)

      2. Nobody with sense EVER trusted The Media. The notion of an ‘unbiased’ news business was a Big Lie sold by the Left, to obfuscate their control. Smart citizens always took news from several sources and took institutional biases into account.

        Hell, newspapers started out as political broadsheets.

    2. California housing policy that hasn’t changed since the ’70s

      I beg to differ on that. They’ve managed to make the housing market even more restrictive since the 1970s. I think some of it was via initiatives, but a lot was from city/county/state mandates to “stop suburban sprawl”. Communities that have had major impacts from wildland fires (Santa Rosa, Paradise) seem to have a very hard time approving replacement construction. Last I heard, Santa Rosa was the worse one, but Paradise had so many people give up and move away*, it’s not likely to see anything near the pre-fire population. OTOH, rebuilt houses will have considerably larger lots. 13,000 houses were lost in the fire. Not sure how many will be built.

      (*) This Old House did a series on rebuilding in Paradise. They seemed to have skipped the very large number of retirees who lived in the town before the fire. A relative (Inlaw of SIL) sold her lot and moved to Nevada, while others moved down the hill to Chico and the towns nearby.

      1. Recently there was a Homestead Rescue episode for a Homestead just outside of Paradise. Lost everything, except animals & themselves. Boys playing/doing chores noticed the smoke. Had enough time to turn animals loose, and run. They made it out. Some of their neighbors didn’t. Episode centered on getting animals back to the homestead, getting well working again, getting power working, & prepping for garden. At the time of the Episode they were still waiting on insurance on the house & outbuildings. As of “end of season update” episode, a year later (2019) they had the insurance money, but were waiting on all the authorizations needed.

        1. A few years back John Stossel did an interview with Andy Puzder, CEO of Carl Jr./Hardees restaurants, during which he wet over the time required to open a new store. IIRC, in Texas it took about eight weeks from closing on the and to opening the drive-thru; in California it took over a year.

          Time is money; that extra forty-four weeks meant interest paid instead of cash generated. That’s a heck of a barrier to entry-level jobs.

          1. My hope is that when all the people that did stuff during the quarantine for money get their tax bill from the State of California as independent contractors, the collective cry of “F**K YOU!” is heard in Sacramento.

        2. Yeah, the TOH stuff was a lot of happy talk; not representative according to the sources we’ve heard from. My guess is that there will be a town physically the same size, with a much smaller population, and lots 2-3X the size of what they had been (at least on average).

          Homestead Rescue is kind of neat. One of the episodes they did was very close, and I am somewhat acquainted with one of the ‘steaders. Not sure, but I think the Rescue people have fixers to get plans approved where plans are needed. OTOH, there’s a lot that can be done without worrying the county building departments.

    3. “ California housing policy that hasn’t changed since the ’70s.”

      Nonsense. It’s gotten WORSE. Largely because the Progressive Left is downright allergic to letting people manage their own property.

      1. I know, and my huge fear is that the vanity project will be the comic book world from this point on.

        Which doesn’t sound bad-but, remember “The Room” was a vanity project…

  6. Oooh, this should make the Instapundit stuff even noisier!

    Thing we’ll get the e version of those twits who use to/soemtimes still call Rush with canned conversations?

    1. I try not to pay much attention to Insty comments. Keeps the blood pressure under control.

      1. That’s what happens when the trolls aren’t allowed to take control– they become a pest. A minor one, rather than a threat.

        Like flies when they are a deadly threat vs flies when they’re a pest and you have one of those Bug-a-salt salt shotgun things.

        Which has the delightful result of the folks who are getting their emotional boost off of abusing easy targets suddenly smacking their heads against someone that they know SHOULD be working but it just…won’t… function!

  7. “…why it’s always bad for a government — ANY government — to prevent people from working and producing.”

    Not even that much. Just having small impediments introduced into the system can, and does, cause chaos.

    Example: A 3cent increase in the taxes on gasoline. The price of gas is incorporated into pert nearly everything you buy. Which means the cost of food goes up. Fast food chains have to cut costs somewhere. A position is eliminated and the rest of the workforce has to pick up the slack. The cost of durable goods goes up, because logistics costs are not a small part of the final price when all’s said and done.

    A moron (non AoS) governor learned this the hard way, in my youth. State economy stalled, some businesses closed, others moved away, and ones that were thinking of starting or moving in, well, some didn’t.

    Governments cannot create wealth, material surplus, happiness, freedom, or pleasant weather, all promises of greasy minded politicians aside. They can and do create poverty, shortages, woe, restrictive laws, slavery (economic and otherwise), but not hurricanes (thank Bob). Wise men know that sometimes it is necessary to cause small, temporary harms in order to keep things running smoothly- just not ALL the bloody time.

    Right now we’ve caused quite a lot of harm to the economy as a whole (and in micro). The harm isn’t fatal- but the wound *has* got greedy bloody statists innit. *That* worries me more than the temporary harm done to the economy. People can adapt to different economic circumstances. Losses of freedom are another thing entirely, and should be considered very. Very. Seriously.

    There is quite a lot of complete and utter idiocy on display here recently in the halls of our representative bodies (note I do not say leaders. Americans don’t need ’em. Just folks that will represent our interests). Take note. Remember. Point it out to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Make sure it is spread far and wide come election season. Be sure to back the stubborn a-hole that will put this nonsense in its place.

    We will not be broken by this. If we play our cards right, we may just come out stronger.

  8. Got to thinking about the food system closures…..

    One of the subjects that Europeans and Would-be Europeans hate America for is that we “waste” so much food.

    “Wasting” food, is another way of saying our food supply has slack in it, so that we can lose capacity without insta-starving.

    1. Which is one of the major points in Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir’s Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much.. Slack is often mistaken for fat and cut in the name of efficiency. However, slack is that excess capacity that enables a system to absorb shocks, so that a relatively minor hiccup in some process doesn’t cause the wheels to come off.

      In Chapter 9 they gave the example of a hospital that was continually having elective surgeries delayed or rescheduled at the last minute because of emergency patients. When they set one operating room aside specifically for emergency patients, their elective surgery schedule ran much more smoothly. But when the suggestion was made, they got a lot of resistance from the surgical staff, who saw it as taking something away from an already overbooked and overwhelmed department.

      It’s stuck in my mind because I’ve seen so many examples of it — the overwhelmed business owner who can’t take the time to sort out their projects, or their accounts payable and receivable, and are perpetually strapped for both time and money. The closet or storeroom with things in piles because nobody can stop to sort out what goes where and stuff is forever being piled on any available surface.

      And we’re seeing another example now in how the Just In Time supply line is buckling under the shocks of increased load in some areas and simultaneous decreased load in others..

    2. A British science fiction author described his flight to California. Passing over the Midwest, he was outraged at all the land laying fallow while there were hungry people in other countries.

      Apparently, “someone” was supposed to appropriate the land, force people to work on it, and then they were going to give the good away for free, since his reaction to “American farmers are waiting for your check” didn’t sit well…

      1. The British don’t understand America? I guess they’re consistent, at least.

        1. We’re Britain to drop their farm subsidies then all sorts of people in poor countries could eat and the Uk is nothing compared to France or the rest of the EU.

          I’ve had to deal with that sneering, condescending BS all my life. My grandfather wouldn’t stick it though, he used to say “the Americans filled your empty bellies.”

      2. Horsecrap. That British SF author was a bloody idiot.
        Growing up every summer we drove from western Illinois to northern Utah to spend a few weeks with my Grandmother’s sister in Ogden. Crossed Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Used to take two days on old US 30 until they finished I-80 about the time I got old enough to help with the driving, at which point we could do the entire trip in 26 hours straight.
        Point being that every boring inch of that trip where there was dirt and water was under cultivation. Mile after mile of corn, wheat, and grass for hay or graze for livestock.
        Our people are farmers, it’s much of what the folks fleeing the strictures of Europe came here for, land of their own to grow stuff.
        And what did my grandmother and her sister do on those visits? Along with the usual old lady stuff they canned all sorts of fruit from the orchards all over the foothills of the Rocky Mountains around Ogden. We always drove home heavy with boxes full of Mason jars of canned peaches, apricots, and suchlike.
        Only reason any farmer would allow a field to go fallow is to give it a rest to recover from intensive planting from years prior. Like I said, bloody idiot and clueless.

        1. And anyone who tries to farm the Nebraska Sand Hills without irrigation is . . . stupid past the limits of stupid. You graze where you can graze, farm where you can farm, and don’t plant what won’t grow. Don’t plant where things won’t grow, either.

      1. Yeah. We might just be “tight” — worldwide, though, people will starve. In the millions.


        America may have shortages and/or hunger in areas. Because America has shortages and hunger, there won’t be enough to send to those starving elsewhere in the world. No matter how generous Americans are, they can’t send what they won’t have. Thus those surviving the starvation elsewhere will accuse Americans of being selfish. Never mind if everything is shared equally, everyone starves equally. Sorry. I’d rather be selfish and send what I can spare, even if it means tightening my belt a bit. But when I share, I start closer to home – my family, my neighbors, my community, my city, my county, my state, my country, then the world. Sorry world, you are so SOL.

        1. Naah, the coomiecrats will figure out ways to send food Americans need to our enemies. (Currently they are holding up the latest “stimulus bill” over not sending aid to Iran among their other wishes.)

          1. Naah, the coomiecrats will figure out ways to send food Americans need to our enemies. (Currently they are holding up the latest “stimulus bill” over not sending aid to Iran among their other wishes.)


            Da** Traitors.

        2. They can be given the cheese, powdered milk, honey, etc. that the Government has been buying for ages. They still do that don’t they??

          1. They can be given the cheese, powdered milk, honey, etc. that the Government has been buying for ages. They still do that don’t they??


            I don’t know. Do they? It used to be bought & redistributed to schools, and welfare packages. Some of it went into RTEM for military & the old time bunker bomb shelters. The latter which have been repurposed for wildfire land crews while on the fire lines (or it seemed like the few smaller ones I was on & what my, now, spouse described). I think the programs that bought the surplus milk, cheese, & other surplus foods, is now the WIC program. The food isn’t actually purchased, but instead money is funded to cards that limits what can be purchased; where the limit isn’t just food items, but specific food items that are surplus. Some might go to food banks. IDK

      2. And that starvation will cause migration and war. You thought the refugee situation the past few years was bad. Just wait.

            1. The Biblical plague of locusts kind, yeah. The two legged kind don’t want to head to China, because China is always looking for organ donors.

              Gotta admit, I started looking up The Prince of Egypt songs recently because of these things.

    3. Did you see that story about some restaurant supply chain called Restaurant Depot? I guess it’s like GFS, but more so. The writer was just so happy to see cool and different stuff!

      Man, the picture of bundled-goats in a barrel. You could buy a whole goat for $5.10 a pound. I want me some of that. Gimme a whole goat, and I’ll find something to do with most parts of it. I love eating goat.

      1. I was reading a book that was predominantly about canning and otherwise preserving meat, and I was a bit bemused by the remark that many Americans are weirded out by the idea of eating goats or sheep. And surprised and interested that somebody who’s living off-grid on a farm and butchering her own meat found a psychological barrier at the particular point of eating goat. (She remembers lamb fondly enough. Eventually got around to the goat and says she preferred muskrat(!).)

        Now, okay, I have never eaten goat (let alone muskrat), but while the section is certainly smaller than those for beef, pork, or chicken, the grocery stores seem to do a respectable enough business in lamb that I had not imagined it to be widely offputting. (I love it. The child loves it. My husband is not conceptually perturbed, but does not much like the flavor. I should fix him something else nice while we finish the leftovers.)

        1. Never ate muskrat, but hear it is similar to beaver. I much prefer beaver to mutton or most lamb I have had. (I know a lady who makes some killer lamb sausage and made some pretty dang good lamb burgers, but most lamb I have had is dry). Only goat I ever ate was in burritos and so highly spiced as to be unidentifiable. Speed goat (pronghorn) is delicious, however.

        2. I grew up eating lamb chops. Not so often. But they were great! Don’t forget about veal. Cattle are to be used. I’m a city girl through and through, I feel guilty about being spawned in NYC, but there is nothing wrong in raising some calves to be eaten. free range eggs aren’t much better than regular eggs.I think all this crap has come about because some people have over identified withe the animals. No I wouldn’t like to live a hen, but I’m not a chicken. Cows are food or produce food( meat, veal or dairy)We need meat in our diet. I’ve no problem with people who are vegetarian for religious reasons. But those that are vegetarians because of cute little animals annoy me. I’m as sentimental as anyone. I consider our dog a member of our family etc. but…

          1. You call to mind the evening when Beloved Spouse & I turned o the TV to catch an episode of Julia Child. Apparently a prior program in which she had prepared rabbit had provoked outraged viewer mail (back when outraged viewer mail entailed stationary, envelopes and stamps!) and Julia was having NONE of it! She lectured her audience on the fact rabbits were meat, just like little baby lambs and cuddly-wuddly calves were veal. She had several stern words for sentimental Americans that largely boiled down to: get over it!

            Beloved Spouse & I were rolling on the floor laughing at such a firm dressing down of PBS’ audience.

        3. You can find goat on the menu at pretty much any Indian restaurant, although there are those who do not offer it because American diners are weird.

          1. Goat can have a gamey flavor. The worst goat I had turned out to have been a, let us say, very mature goat in full possession of his masculine attributes when he was slaughtered. The flavor was distinctive. Otherwise goat’s great! Cabrito anyone?

          1. I’ve drank plenty of goats milk. Had a friend growing up whose mother raised milk goats. Nothing wrong with goats milk, no matter what people say.

            And I have helped fix enough fence and put the goats back in for the father-in-law in the last couple years to DREAM about roasting goat! Just ain’t happened yet.

              1. There’s really cheap cuts here from other parts. I know because when we were very, very broke, we used to buy those.
                Look, they were still more expensive than normal meat PER POUND. But they were sold in tiny packages. Which meant we could afford, under $10 a week to buy enough to feed our growing toddler. We didn’t eat meat, unless we found it really, really cheap.
                This is when we gained a million pounds and sent our health to hell, because we were subsisting on rice.

                1. When I was able to get to the grocery on a more frequent basis, I’d buy something called ‘lamb offcuts.’ I would make curries after trimming the meat.

                  Thanks to all the insanity going on, I can’t even find that, or soup bones. The meat we end up buying right now are of sausages of brands we don’t buy because they’re expensive. I hate that I haven’t been able too budget the way I used to.

        4. I’ve got a “psychological” block on eating sheep because I’ve never learned to cook with it– my grandmother could cook mutton well enough to pass off didn’t-have-a-lamb-last-year as lamb, but I only found one exotic meat market that carried mutton and I was not going to practice on meat that cost that much!

          1. Reasonable. I have just bought leg of lamb on sale (and okay, it’s still a lot more than ham or chicken, but for every once in a while it’s SO good), and I’m sure it doesn’t take as much skill as an older sheep.

          2. Great Uncle, raised sheep. Don’t remember having much mutton growing up. Lots of Deer, Elk, Salmon, and Trout. Later yes. When Uncle & Aunt raised sheep. Occasionally there was mutton, well yearling anyway. Mom & Dad would get half of one.

            Then there was their yearly “lamb” barbecue. Not dry at all. Then by the time the cubed meat hit the coal flames/heat, it had already been pretty well “cooked” in the marinade process. Which includes a lot of Worchestire Sauce, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Lime, & Orange, Juices, with pulp & skins, pulped yellow onion, pulped garlic, & I don’t remember all what else. Cooked, just like eating candy; better.

      2. Anyone who has a Restaurant Depot card is guaranteed to have friends. You can buy primal cuts of beef,,pork, etc., It’s Costco as it used to be on steroids.

        At different times of year you can buy Goats in one of the Vostcos near me. Large West Indian and Middle Eastern community. Stock what the people want

        1. OMG you are talking about a WET MARKET!! How could you?? You know WET MARKETS breed viruses!
          /SARC The Media and Progressives will close all Wet Markets in the US. They will want to control how much protein you can get on your 2k cal a day ration.

  9. *glances around office* It’s not clutter. Those books and papers are in carefully curated stacks for rapid access. And yes, that one over there has moved in the last 366 days. (We shall not discuss the ‘they belong to Day Job so I can’t get rid of them even though no one will ever use them again’ religious instruction books.)

    It is snowing. It has snowed earlier today. It will snow tonight. We have two more hard freezes coming. I am tired of the Wu Flu, tired of e-teaching, tired of weather that flip-flops even more than usual, and especially tired of seeing the Governor of NY. What I’m the most tired of is being told by people who know 0 about me and my tribe “This is how you need to live, this is what you must do. This you must not do. Because numbers and Reasons.” A word of advice – when Alma gets very quiet and polite, she is about to unleash the Wrath of Red Tabby on someone or something. Alma is starting to feel quiet.

    1. Once again I am reminded of someone I know/knew online who would cuss up a storm at the drop of hat, and often without the hat dropping. Some did not realize that if they caused trouble, her suddenly getting quiet was NOT their victory and her surrender. It was her very carefully NOT telling them she was Inigo Montoya…

  10. Some observations:

    40% of our food industry supplies restaurant and other “cook for me” convenience food vendors. The packaging is not suitable for retail or consumer wholesale. Switching over to consumer packing takes time. But it could be sold as-is for consumer with waivers.

    Trump has far more authority to force the issue of “reopen” than some pundits and scholars realize. DOJ has tremendous power to sue over interference with Civil Rights, such as peaceably assembling to do business. Any discrimination based on arbitrary “necessary” criteria might get zorched in a lawsuit. He has already hinted at doing so for worship. Suing officials -personally- is an option. And the DOJ has -lots- of lawyers. Eisenhower forced open schools under Brown vs Board of Education with the 82nd Airborne.

    Trump may well have fed a large load of rope to opponents. “How did you like living under their boots? Under Socialism starter kits? And for an exaggeration!” (Oh please, please, please…)

    1. I suspect (with a smidgeon of hope) that the courts will find themselves flooded with civil right abuse cases in the ensuing months. I also suspect that a fair amount of sovereign immunity defenses will be disallowed, either by the courts, by insurance companies, or by initiative in places.

      1. Suing the State in a state court isn’t going anywhere. They’ll either just dismiss the cases out of hand, or drag it out until the plaintiffs go broke.

        The Federal courts still have too many Obama appointees, and frankly, I’m not sure about Trump’s appointees.

        1. I think any suite against the states will be federal, perhaps with amici brief from DOJ Civil Rights division (I gather a lot of the Obama people got eased out). Possibility that the DOJ will be filing some of those complaints.

          I suspect a lot of the lower level suits may well go after the mayors, sheriffs, and county people directly. Trump’s judges have been pretty solid, so far. The 9th Circuit is a lot better than the 9th Circus it had been…

    2. “30 day free trial of socialism.”

      Which may explain some of the hysteria on my FB page– dear husband was called a boomer who didn’t understand what it’s like to raise kids these days.

      The accuser is older than he is, and they’re foster kids….

      1. Is it opt-in, or opt-out, for continuing with socialism? I don’t want more and want to make sure it doesn’t show up in the next billing cycle. 😛

      2. Even down under there’s outrage. An elderly couple both were fined for violating CCPlague rules for… posting pictures of them on holiday on Facebook. Pics were taken last year. The fine was rescinded but the top cops are starting to tell the boots on the ground to be less idiotic as they are losing the trust of the population. A doctor was fined for paddle boarding and the picture is gloriously highlighting the stupid. He is alone in the water and the only thing near him is the police boat.

  11. Sigh. Restoring order is always difficult, particularly when there’s them as adding to the burden whilst one attempts to straighten up.

    Still, must perforce be done and no haphazardness about it; let’s set things aright and by the book.

  12. I took the official figures from the WA Dept. of Health tracking site and calculated the doubling rate over time (sampling a 7-day interval in order to smooth out daily noise).

    Cases
    Date . Days to double
    3/7 2.3
    4/11 . 17.3

    Deaths
    Date . Days to double
    3/7 . 3.6
    4/11 . 13.2

    I think we’ve infected pretty much everyone who’s going to get infected for now. Can we come out of the bunker yet? Because we need to infect a whole bunch of young healthy people who aren’t going to get very sick from this in order to start approaching herd immunity for the old unhealthy people to be safe-ish.

    Oh, and the governors of WA, OR, and CA have <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/washington-oregon-and-california-announce-western-states-pact"announced a pact to coordinate recovery. They say they’ll be guided by data, not by politics, which means that of course they’ll totally be guided by politics.

      1. I was reminded on the Instapundit open thread just now that Disneyland is in CA. Disney has a lot of money and a house organ news network, and they really really really want to get the parks open again. So maybe CA will go first and then WA will be shamed into following. One can hope.

      2. One of the “data” criteria Newsom is using is the existence of therapeutic treatment. Since I doubt he’s going to give Trump win for hydroxychloroquine, I’m sure any treatment that meets the wicket is going to be thoroughly tested with multiple double-blind studies and long-term followup to determine side effects.

        In other words, our governors are going to try and keep us locked up all summer. I don’t think it’s going to work. I’m already hearing that this needs to end, even from medical professionals.

        1. Just out of curiosity, the ones working, or the ones not allowed to treat their patients because they’re waiting for the coronavirus flood?

          I’m trying not to despair that in spite of the whole original “flatten the curve” rhetoric with the imaginary healthcare capacity line where the idea was to get people done with it as much as possible without running out of people, space, and equipment to look after the bad cases, the panicmongers are going to treat any increase anywhere as a disaster for which inadequate limits on things like walking in the park are at fault.

          1. Not sure, he was a guy I ran into at my local brewpub while waiting for my food in a stupid to-go box. At least I’m a good enough customer that they’ll slip me a beer while I wait.

          1. Their problem is if they stay locked down while the red states open back up and prosper it will make their ploy obvious. Their only hope is if the numbers in the red states are worse than the manipulated numbers they’ll use to justify the continued house arrests.

  13. I spent the weekend putting together a bookcase and getting several boxes of books unpacked and arranged on the shelves. The only downside is how this nice new bookcase (a gift from a friend) makes the rest of my office furniture look shabby, and how all those neatly arranged books draw attention to the clutter and disarray everywhere else. I’m going to need to go through the rest of the stuff out here, and the remaining boxes elsewhere in the house, and sort what papers I need immediately to hand, what papers should be filed here at the house, what papers need to be kept but can be packed up and sent to the storage unit, and what should just be thrown away.

    I also need to take the van to Home Depot and use that big gift card to buy me some grass seed to re-seed the bald spots in the yard, and some pavers and pretty stone (crushed marble? pea gravel?) to make it clear where the flower beds are so they don’t get mowed over next year. The tulips and crocuses are making a valiant attempt to push up fresh leaf surface, but the daffodils look like they’re going to be a lost cause this year. I may also try to find some stump remover and see if we can get some of the most troublesome stumps rid of. And get me a can of outdoor paint and get the new fence nicely painted so it doesn’t end up shabby in a few years.

    And now that I’ve got the books on shelves again, I can see how I really need to buckle down on getting those reviews done for The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf so the library books can go back once the library reopens, and at least some of my books can go back to the storage unit.

  14. Don’t you mean, ‘Restoring Sanity‘?

    Order is what all those jackbooted little dictators are trying to impose on us.

    1. I think she means the true order which rises from people behaving rationally instead of arbitrary rules imposed by tyrants.

      1. The reason Americans are so good at war is that war is chaos and Americans practice chaos on a daily basis.

  15. And meanwhile, maybe we can explain to our slower countrymen why the economy matters; why it’s not just “money”

    I am surprised and frightened by how common the idea that “economy = money” and “apartments, food, gasoline all just exist and you should just get them”.

    I knew that was a lot of the left, but regular people who have real jobs (ie not writing “think pieces” or being diversity and inclusion staff) because they do the producing.

      1. In general, yes, as it provides value. While the whole feminist “you need $x to hire everyone to replace a housewife” is miscalculated and misused, the underlying point (which feminists miss, oddly) is valid: a housewife provides value to her family, real economic value. Failure to understand that is one of the big things that has wrecked marriage.

        The stereotypical rich trophy wife from movies, not so much.

    1. Yeah, I’m seeing a lot of people saying things like “I never knew you were so selfish as to prioritize money over lives” or variations on that them. I keep telling them money IS lives. It’s the medium of exchange you use to determine the value of the life energy you are trading for the goods and services that sustain and enrich our lives.

      That’s completely apart from the “black box economy” people as well. The ones who think you just stick raw materials in one end and from out of the other end comes finished goods. The workings of the black box are unknowable, and it can be shut down and restarted at any time.

    2. The best part of this is watching the libs lose their minds when they find out they can’t just order a gun over the internet and have it delivered to their house,HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That and maybe watching the politicos finally figure out where taxes actually come from(hint: when you shut down a local economy, nobody pays any taxes.)

      1. There was a great cartoon about libs ordering guns that was a string of the typical MSM nonsense that ended with “and I’d like the gun show exemption”.

        1. MSM nonsense that ended with “and I’d like the gun show exemption”


          Comic Link?

          Let me guess. The response to the request was Gun Show Exemption = “Same background check, same waiting period.”

          Or as my mom used to say about Bridge House Rules … Same Rules as at your house …

          1. I thought it was a madebyjimbob, but I can’t find it on his Instagram. It was a single panel, so no answer, but it was around the time all the Cali people were trying to mail order guns and finding they still had to go to a local gun store, get the background check, and follow the state waiting period.

            1. Last year hubby won a gun through a raffle at a golf tournament. Took almost 6 months for him to actually get it. Nothing to do with him/us. It was getting the kit to the appropriate gun-sold-here. Once that happened went down, did background check process & walked out with gun. No waiting period in Oregon. Getting Ammunition in Oregon is almost as bad … unless you know someone who does their own loading that you trust and has some excess (free) inventory (BIL). So PTB (although per gun store background checks are not saved on computer, paperwork on the gun is, but not who, because if authorities come to them with serial number they need to prove the properly sold it), anyway even if PTB have all information on the gun, there is no corresponding ammunition purchase to go with it.

      2. That and maybe watching the politicos finally figure out where taxes actually come from(hint: when you shut down a local economy, nobody pays any taxes.)

        No Income Taxes paid, because well no income … well some of us will have to pay. Our income hasn’t dropped. Not because we are working, or getting paid for not working. We aren’t. It’s just all our income is retirement income. Although with restaurants, all other activities closed, discretionary and gas expenditures have plummeted, we will be well within the monthly pension & SS only income. Won’t be pulling as much from taxable IRA’s. 2019 amount pulled from IRA’s dropped by more than half (I started SS), I bet this year it is another 75%, or more, cut. Get this, my pension is $1433/year (no not a typo … it is so much fun messing with financial people when I write that down, they think I checked the wrong box). Then not as much of the SS will be federally taxed.

        We don’t pay Sales Tax regardless. But the neighboring state north of us has Sales Tax only, except not on food or prescriptions. They are going to be hurting too.

  16. It’s really the “adult” children of those with sufficient income or wealth to not notice who do this. They are completely insulated from the consequences.

  17. I just happened to catch Rush Limbaugh today and he was reading from your article on PJ today, if you have not heard. He thought you were spot on about models, culture and country. As a former modeler, I agree bad theory, assumptions and too many free parameters

  18. As a public service announcement you should probably watch at least the first half hour of today’s Kung Flu presser. The whole thing is gold, but the very best parts are in the first 30min or so.

    First of all nothing improves mood quite like Trump whipping the media bloody with their own words.

    Second, Fauci may be smarter about this than we thought. He (nicely) told the media that they were a pack of liars and scoundrels.

    1. Yeah, but he’s like Congressman Crenshaw. He might put on a nice front, but he’s let the innard lizard slip out into view.

      1. What’s wrong with Crenshaw? He represents Houston so he has an uphill battle to begin with.

  19. But Sarah, how will you ever be loved by the literary establishment if you get mentioned by Rush? 😉

    Hopefully this will send a few readers your way.

  20. Numbers are in for March showing that the bullshit, is bullshit.
    Total deaths in the U.S. from all causes:

    March 2017 255,000
    March 2018 249,000
    March 2019 253,000
    March 2020 193,000

    Looks like 2017 was a bad flu year.

  21. I am working, sleeping and writing. Because the writing is a lifeline out of the madness. And also might be channeling some of the frustration from the days so I can go back and do it tomorrow. Paying off debt and putting money aside, because when it rains, it’s going to rain hard.

    And this snow is ridiculous.

    1. All the heat from the global warming has caused brain damage. The snow is totally imaginary.

    2. Tell me about it! There’s 2″ on the ground. Lows in the mid 20s. Yes, we have had snow as late as May and as early as August (I was here for that. Not Fun), but during a hard winter. We’ve had a mild winter, and this is just misery for the plants.

  22. Totally off topic:

    Sarah,
    What happened to Naked Reader Press and the books published there? I was going back and rereading some of Kate Paulk’s books but I don’t have two of her Con Vampire series (I know I had them at one time, but before I had a Kindle and a couple of computer changes later I can only find one of them) and I can’t find anyplace where I can get them now.

    1. Long story, but we had to kill Naked Reader Press. There is a replacement. And I’ve been trying to get it off the ground for three years, in my copious spare time.
      The good news (eh) is that younger son will be semi-employed until the economy recovers enough to be hungry for engineers again (honestly I expect a few months) and he’ll be doing that. So…. this summer? Stay tuned. The replacement press is called inkstain, btw.

  23. While the economic damage done by the shutdown can’t be un-done, I’m moderately optimistic about the recovery once things open up again. I think it will be way faster than the recovery after the 2008 housing bubble. For one thing, we don’t have a cryptosocialist in the White House this time. But for another thing, in 2008 the stock market crash caused a big loss in consumer confidence. People who still had jobs weren’t sure if they were going to lose their jobs soon, so anything nonessential they had been planning to buy, they held off on buying, socking the money away in savings accounts instead. This time, however, everyone understands why the stock market dropped, so anyone who didn’t lose their job during the economic downturn will still be confident. So as soon as nonessentials are available for sale again, I predict a wave of buying, which will in turn drive the stock market back up as investors look at the renewed consumer activity, and adjust their predictions of the future accordingly.

    Now, I’m not saying that the economy will recover instantly. But I am saying that by October, we’ll be so far along the road to recovery that even the MSM won’t be able to conceal that fact. All because this time, the cause of the economic damage is obvious, and therefore won’t cause a lack of consumer confidence.

  24. “But I am saying that by October, we’ll be so far along the road to recovery that even the MSM won’t be able to conceal that fact.”

    Know what’ll be slow to recover? Farming, because when planting season is missed it’s missed for the year. Which means “food.” I do not think anyone will starve, there will be enough food, although no surplus at all, and much, if not all, of it will cost more. Which, if the farmers and their PR folks are smart, will be used for political leverage, as in “see what happens when you let bureaucrats ignorant of how stuff works control things.” I suspect that will be a commonly-heard refrain throughout the “new” economy of late 2020, and if it’s not we need to have it become one, because the other option involves gunfire, and lots of it.

    1. This is what I’ve been sounding the alarm on forever.
      To be fair, it’s not quite true. Farmers are planting.
      The problem is with the sales end, particularly those in the restaurant supply chain. either they lack what they need to jump through the FDA hoops, or their customers have vanished.
      And yes, they are a part of our food supply.
      Of course an executive order to allow everyone to shop from restaurant food supply could alleviate this immediate distress.

      1. Sarah, whose executive order? Based on what we’re seeing from both the East and West coasts, even if President Trump relaxed the Federal rules, most of them are through the lower levels of government and the blue heavens would ignore what he said.

    2. And the way things are going up north, we won’t have Canadian grain as a buffer. They took it in the shorts last year because of the weather, and this year because of the government and the Wu Flu. I’m a little spooned down here, if the winter wheat is getting damaged by the cold right now. There’s not much corn, and it’s irrigated, so it might be OK, and sorghum is a later-season crop, but the winter wheat’s been looking pretty good.

  25. Back to the original topic – I was listening the that idiot Hannity talking about how the new “normal” will be everybody working from home or wearing masks if they are outside, blah, blah, blah. And I wanted to scream at the radio, “No, Dumbo, the whole country is NOT New Jerk city and the people that keep the country running and fed CAN’T. DO. IT. FROM. HOME.”

    1. Concur. A big part of the problem has been that the national mainstream media is almost entirely in NYC and DC. It provides for a terribly skewed view of the universe – even for the “conservatives”.

  26. My question on the whole shutdown show is why is no one talking about the 5th Amendment ad the “takings” clause?

    Isn’t that exactly what the shutdown is? I’m fairly certain that simply shutting down certain businesses (and especially telling people what legal products they may and may not sell) is a “taking” according to precedent. They weren’t made illegal; they didn’t violate any regulations. They were simply told “you can no longer use your business for the purpose for which you bought/rented it and for which you have a business license.” Sure sounds like a taking to me, under the 5th Amendment.

    And, if that’s so, then people need to be demanding payment under that concept from their mayors and governors. Now. If we can make that stick (especially with preemptive moves), it would certainly cause some of those tyrant wannabes to pause next time. And you know there will be a next time.

    1. Some people have been. Of course, the cities and states certainly don’t have the money to pay out that compensation.

      1. Neither, actually, do the Feds. Being able to print money does not mean they have money.

        The only reason it would not be entertaining to see somebody bring a Takings Clause suit against the Federal government over deficit spending as a taking of value through inflation is because they’d get no more than two votes from the Supreme Court.

        And then we’d be stuck with established precedent.

        1. Not quite true; the feds also have ownership of one whack of a lot of real estate and other assets that they could put on the market. Which is in fact what they should have done with closed military bases before this.

  27. Foyle’s War is definitely worth it. Binge watched it twice, enjoyed it both times.

  28. *some* governors in the east are talking about reopening. Governor Paranoid McBlackface is talkign about the possible need to extend the shutdown beyond June 10.

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