I can go to Walmart to buy clothes, shoes, toys, gardening supplies, school supplies, kids’ clothes and shoes, furniture, etc.
But I can’t go to stores by local people who sell all this stuff.
It would clearly be healthier to let people disperse among small local places where it’s easy to control how many are inside at any given time. Instead, people are herded into Walmart “to save lives.”
I think you’ve got to be
a blethering idiot a naive human being to think it’s about “saving lives.”
Everybody is asking what I got N for his birthday. It was a huge geode kit. Obviously, he’s not the person who will be playing with it. Klara will play, giving N a chance to enjoy some peace and quiet.
I was going to deploy the geode kit myself but “there’s no greater love” than when you sacrifice a great time-consuming activity for somebody else during lockup.
I also introduced N to Chris Arnade’s book.
“It’s a great book!” N enthused. “What I don’t get, though, is who was with his kids while he was doing all of this.”
And now a creepy piece of news:
This new workplace monitoring tool issues an alert when anyone is less than six feet apart. Amazon is also using similar software to monitor the distances between their warehouse staff. https://t.co/aUiVgUMWg5 https://t.co/9uiNmvQwVU
Surveillance has gotten a lot easier. Comply or you’ll die! Scary virus is coming for you! We are saving your life by policing you!
Asian giant hornets have been spotted in the United States, scientists say. At more than two inches long, they’re the world’s largest hornets with a sting that can kill humans if bitten multiple times. Researchers have nicknamed them “murder hornets.” https://t.co/UADVdpGALq
How long before we hear that it’s racist to call the hornets Asian? And CNN’s Jim Acosta will start every White House briefing with, “some people say that your constant use of the expression ‘Asian hornets’ is an invitation for white supremacists to murder Asians. How would you respond to that?”
I’m very impressionable. Like in, really really impressionable. The other day Klara and I picked a plant in the woods that I decided was poison ivy. I immediately developed an itchy painful rash. Then I googled poison ivy and discovered that the plant we’d found was completely different. The rash instantly disappeared.
I thought I was unusually suggestible, especially in what concerns health. But now that I see how people are freaking out about the coronavirus I’m realizing that I’m actually a lot less so than most.
In Quebec, Premier Legault (he’s like our governor) is opening daycares. Nobody who doesn’t want to take kids to daycare has to. Everybody’s place will be kept for them until they feel safe to return. Nobody has to pay anything. This is just for the people who want to use the daycare services.
The same public that hailed Legault as the greatest leader for instituting a lockdown is cussing him out for opening the daycares. He’s a Nazi, a murderer, an evildoer. Once again, nobody is asking anybody to do anything they don’t want to. The labor legislation in the province is such that no employer will dream of forcing anybody to work onsite.
So why are people losing their shit?
Because it forces them to make a decision. And they prefer to be told what to do. It’s incomprehensible to somebody like me but most people are like that. That’s why totalitarianism is so attractive.