24 thoughts on “The new normal

  1. Pretty much sums it up over here NOB.

    Well, maybe only to a point here on the frontier of Tejas. It does not take long to notice which folks are controlled by the fear. And an even shorter period of time to determine which folks become the arbiters of authority.

    Was in Sam’s Club a couple of weeks ago and seriously admonished by a 20-something young woman (not a lady) with instructions on proper distancing.

    All passes. That’s likely the best thing about being old: one knows that.

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    1. Ricardo: The excessive enforcement of oppressive rules and even the coming up with the rules in the first place are found primarily in zones controlled by Democrat politicians. They want to make this event as miserable as possible with the dream it will derail Trump’s reelection. Take it to the bank. The pandemic in America has evolved into something quite political. The Democrats are grasping at the proverbial straws.

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  2. This is the headline of a story on ZeroHedge this morning:
    “Eat A Waffle, Go To Jail…” – Authoritarians Using COVID-19 Fear To Destroy America. And it does seem to be ridiculously true. They’re emptying the jails of folks who are going on to commit more violent crimes, while locking up the likes of hairdressers who want to feed their kids. All to prevent a disease that’s: a) far less lethal than originally believed, particularly to the already healthy part of the population; and b) that all reasonable epidemiologists say we’re all going to get anyway, absent a miraculous development, commercialization, and administration of a vaccine.

    Have you seen the story of the Port of Seattle policeman, Greg Anderson, who did a viral video to his fellow officers admonishing them not to violate the constitutional rights of the citizenry? For this, he’s on administrative leave and will likely be fired for “insubordination,” due to his refusal to take down the video.

    Meanwhile, we are sinking into a depression that will surpass that of the 1930s which did not have the enormous overlay of debt and financial derivatives.

    Yes, the cure is turning out worse than the disease, and the so-called experts have made tons of mistakes along the way.

    It’s quite depressing.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where yesterday I was attacked by an unleashed dog, and then berated and belittled by the owner when I insisted she leash the dog. Crazy!

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    1. Kim: The situation has been politicized by the heavies of the Democrat Party who see it as their last hope of derailing Trump’s reelection. They’ll drag it out to November by any means necessary. Russian collusion, nope. Impeachment, nope. The Plague? Oh, yes, please, dear God, let this one work. Time is running out.

      Believe it.

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      1. It sounds like a “conspiracy theory,” but it’s yet another that’s starting to look more and more like “conspiracy fact.” I hate to be writing those words, but the more we know about China Virus, the more it appears that our response has been extraordinarily expensive, and not terribly effective. To that last point, I’ll challenge you. Go look at the various infection curves for the different countries on FT.com. And then ask yourself if you can see some kind of trend shift that was caused by the lockdowns. I can’t see it, and if there’s any effect, it’s extremely mild. Which is another way of saying that for, what? Seven trillion dollars, we’ve bought a little healthcare system capacity? Whatever benefit from the lockdowns, it’s certainly not dramatic or anything remotely approach a silver bullet. More like a Nerf bullet.

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      1. There’s now something like $250,000 USD waiting for him in a gofundme account. I think he’s going to be okay, and I hope he gets a larger platform because what he’s saying is extraordinarily important.

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  3. So the social distancing and the masks should never have been intended to be an end in themselves. They were intended to keep the rate of infection low enough so that real public health solutions — test, trace, isolate, and treat — were manageable. As has been done in countries with competent national governments.

    This thing will end one of two ways. A lot of people will die or a lot of people will be tested, traced, isolated, and treated. The Trump Administration and the Republican Party seem to be picking Door Number 1.

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    1. Creigh: The situation has turned very political in the United States.

      Lots of people will die? Yeah, but lots of people die every day from many causes. As Kim has just pointed out, correctly, in another comment, the Kung Flu is not nearly so bad as first feared. Percentage-wise, hardly anyone dies. And it’s fairly mild for the majority.

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      1. I dunno, getting takeout from Applebee’s instead of going to Applebee’s seems like a pretty weak definition of tyranny. In my opinion, these protesters want freedom but not responsibility.

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        1. We need to have an adult conversation about the tradeoffs. Simply ignoring economic reality and locking down indefinitely is simply not an option. To date it appears to be an option, but that’s only because: a) most people, including stock market participants, seem to be completely oblivious to the enormous costs already borne; and b) because the government’s money-printing, spending binge has yet to show up in the form of hyperinflation. While the latter may or may not happen, the conditions for it are as strong as they’ve ever been. Finally, we have a mountain of debt and an unexploded volcano of derivatives sitting on top of it. If the economy doesn’t get moving soon, these will destroy us all.

          Meanwhile, there will be no quick recovery of retail/restaurants/leisure which employs somewhere between a third and a fifth of Americans. That means there’s going to be a wave of home foreclosures, car repossessions, and other events which will seriously harm people.

          Finally, it appears that nearly half the deaths occurring are happening in nursing homes. We can do a MUCH better job of protecting them without shutting down the entire economy. Protecting the vulnerable and then getting back to work in as safe a fashion as possible is the best course.

          And remember, we were told the lockdowns were done to prevent a swamping of the healthcare system. Now with many hospitals in financial trouble due to lack of demand, we need to get opening again. Absent a vaccine, all leading epidemiologists say we’re all going to get the virus anyway. If so, then killing the economy to avoid the inevitable seems like bad policy.

          Regards,

          Kim G

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  4. My view is that the virus is being used as an excuse to take away our civil liberties and bankrupt most countries. It is hoped that this will hurt Trump’s re-election chances, kill Brexit and any other populist movements. I read somewhere that COVID deaths are being over-reported by something like 25%. If they want to impose their tyranny they need to scare the hell out of people, and they seem to have achieved it. Something like 9/10 UK citizens don’t want lockdown to end anytime soon. This is getting close to Stockholm Syndrome. Love your abusers. They are keeping you safe! Accept the implanted chip to track you.

    We’ll be heading to our cabin next week, so I won’t be dropping in as often. Cheers.

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  5. The way I see it, when the Chinese scientist added those two sequences from the AIDS virus to the coronavirus they made it very virulent but unstable. It was terrible when it struck in China, Spain, Italy and Ecuador. Now, it appears to be mutated into something less virulent. Will it mutate again? Who knows?
    By shutting down travel from affected areas, we may have bought some time.

    But it only takes one infected person to set off an epidemic. The virus went all over the reservations. Those people lived in isolation miles from each other, but they got their water off the tanker truck. I figure it was the lady who drove the truck who spread it.

    I and my family will continue wearing the masks until the cows come home. If other people don’t want to, well that is their business.

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  6. My perspective is that there is something in our individual makeup that lets us react differently to this virus. People who realize life is a risky business and that loss is part of the natural order are skeptical of what governments have been doing. People who believe it is possible to eliminate risk in life and that government is the tool to do it have been the cheerleaders for shutting down national economies. Admittedly, that is very reductionist. But it helps to explain some of the unabashed bigotry I have seen on Facebook since this virus beset us. Calls for denying medical treatment for the noncompliant or wishing that political opponents would catch the virus and die are every bit as reprehensible as any other form of bigotry.

    Taking measures to protect one’s health is a personal choice. And, often, taking those steps is wise. But I am not going to join the crazies who, simply because they believe something is a good choice, also believe they have a mandate to impose their rules on everyone else. I guess personal choice in medical matters stops at the door of Planned Parenthood.

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    1. Señor Cotton: Well, I do declare! I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this worked up about anything. Crazies? And I agree 100 percent. One element you neglected to mention was that 99 percent — probably 100 percent but let’s be gentle — of those people and politicians (in the U.S.) who have gone off the deep end with the ham-fists and hysteria reside on the political left, i.e. the Democrat Party, and they suffer almost to a man and woman the affliction known as TDS.

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  7. In my opinion, both sides have crazies. Even though only a small percentage of the extremists on both are the problem, they are dominating the conversation. The media is spreading the attitudes of these few because it increases viewership. We have two schools of thought. A: Do nothing but work, play, live. Lots of people die and, for a while, healthcare is under enormous pressure. Maybe herd immunity B: Constant testing, tracking, quarantine, shut down a good part of the economy, and last but not least, put us in an economic depression unlike anything the world has seen. Oh yes, many people still die, it just takes longer.

    Okay, why can’t there be some middle ground? Everything stays open, testing at workplace, mandatory mask usage and, meanwhile, wait for a proven vaccine. Who knows, maybe herd immunity starts to take hold. Economy and our deficit are much less affected.

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

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    1. Dave: I think the media, at least on this topic, is interested in spreading hysteria more than anything. They are the Democrat Party’s PR wing. It is hoped the hysteria will last until November to maybe — “Oh, please, God, let it happen!” — torpedo Trump’s reelection chances. The media are interested in ratings, of course, but they are interested in bringing down Trump even more.

      As for opening the economy, it must be done. There is no getting around it, and the sooner the better. So I’m with your suggested middle ground.

      By the way, your comment went to the Trash file for some reason, thus the delay if you even noticed. Sorry about that.

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  8. Last comment? This seems like good advice: Go outside. Get used to the mask. Relax about the groceries and the deliveries. Stay away from crowded indoor spaces. Be kind to people. If you’re fortunate enough to have an income during this time, be generous. In fact, find ways to be generous even if it hurts. It’s a way to maintain connection. Brace for years of inconvenience and start thinking about ways we can use this disruption to build a better world. (politicalorphans.com)

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    1. Creigh I already go outside. The government down here is not as ham-fisted as some places above the Rio Bravo. I don’t have to get used to a mask for the same reason. I am relaxed about groceries and deliveries, although we get next to no deliveries. I do stay away from crowded indoor spaces. I’ve always been kind to people. I do have an income, for which I am thankful. I’m generous at times, depending. But I’m not bracing for years of inconvenience because this nastiness will pass before much longer. A year from now, we’ll look back and roll our eyeballs at the overreaction. Alas, a better world will not come from it. Things will return to normal as it always has.

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