Let’s Spend Time Together

My husband informed me today that he thinks we don’t spend enough time together and that he wants to spend more time with me. This is a guy who is completely incapable of irony.

He must really like me.

#QuarantineWeekSix

COVID As an Electoral Strategy

It’s clear that COVID-phobia has turned into an electoral strategy. Biden can’t beat Trump, everybody understands this. So billionaires like Pritzker – and he’s a really rich dude – are hoping that if they crash the economy sufficiently hard, Trump will lose.

It’s a mystery why the wealthy are so terrified of him but they are clearly ready to do pretty much anything to get rid of him.

Illness and Equality

Remember when the AIDS epidemic first began and gay rights groups had to beg everybody to notice that it wasn’t affecting all groups equally? They finally prevailed and the gay community started getting the help it needed. But not after many gay people died for lack of resources, attention, and interest because everybody was trying to protect the groups that weren’t at risk.

It’s the same thing with COVID. Instead of concentrating heavily on the groups that are severely impacted, we are wasting resources and destroying the economy to protect the multitudes who are at no risk.

Lockdown Will Continue

Pritzker extended the quarantine until end of May. Or as he calls it “a little while.” Obviously, he’s not promising to open after that.

I swear to God I never thought I would feel bad that Rauner is no longer the governor. The long timers of this blog know how much I hate him. And I still do.

But this is worse.

This will devastate an already dysfunctional state budget. But hey, as long as the lemmings are happy, why not.

P.S. Talking about lemmings, the majority of stupid dumb idiots my dearest colleagues in the union want to stay in online teaching mode for the foreseeable future because they feel unsafe. Only 10 people in the entire faculty want to go back to regular teaching in the summer. The summer! Think about it. They believe the economy will survive 3-4 more months of this. People with PhDs. I have no words.

Favorite Novels

People are so pretentious. The lists of favorite novels on Twitter are absolutely pathetic in their naked desire to look sophisticated.

“1. War and Peace

2. Moby Dick

3. Anna Karenina

4. Brothers Karamazov

5. Infinite Jest”

writes a suburban real estate agent with zero Russian parentage. And then everybody repeats the list with slight variations.

I’m a professional literary critic, so my list updates every week. But even I wouldn’t reread any of the stuff that makes it onto people’s lists even if you paid me to do it.

Let’s Really Close Schools

Governor Pritzker ordered the schools closed until the end of the academic year. Which would be fine if schools were really closed. But they aren’t. They are working very hard on turning little kids into screen addicts.

If you know anybody who has kids in grade school, all they want to talk about is the absolutely insane amount of time idiot teachers are forcing kids to spend online.

An assignment from a Physical Education teacher: “Find information about the importance of physical activity and prepare a 500-word report.” We have beautiful weather. The hiking trails are open. And this is the assignment this pathetic excuse for a teacher comes up with?

I believe it’s child abuse to make children stare at screens. Parents in the Mommy group on Facebook are full of horror stories. Many people are just now realizing what incredible crap secondary education is. I predict a spike in homeschooling after this is over.

We need to realize that schools teach absolutely nothing (as I’ve already discovered from meeting a whole generation of college freshmen) and everything we want kids to know we have to teach ourselves. And constantly battle the idiot teachers who want to outsource everything they do to stupid apps.

And please don’t think it’s just public schools in the US. A very expensive chi-chi fru-fru school in Canada where my niece goes is exactly like this, too. What they are doing to kids should be illegal.