Another Shutdown

While I was sick and in mourning, I completely missed that Governor Pritzker (D) has shut down my part of the state again. We went out today, and it’s a ghost town. Restaurants are closed, parking lots are empty.

We have had no change in mortality in this area. It stays at one invariably very elderly person dying with COVID every couple of days. Hospitals are empty. Hospitalizations are down. We were told that the “positivity rate” needs to be under 10%. It went under 10%. But we got shut down anyway because now we are told it needs to go under 6%.

Our mortality rate is 1,8% of the state mortality rate. But we are the ones who get closed down. Why? We vote red. Our economy is being targeted for destruction to make sure we don’t vote Republican anymore.

13 thoughts on “Another Shutdown”

  1. I looked at the Chicago Tribune story on this new ‘stay at home’ order and got stuck on this sentence.

    “The order even allows liquor stores and recreational cannabis dispensaries to remain open for business should the second week of impromptu homeschooling create an essential need.”

    Does this sentence mean something that locals would understand or is the journalist/editor just taking the piss.

    Seriously, is anybody counting how many COVID deaths in Chicago this summer in comparison to deaths attributed to COVID?


        1. “Homicides are not contagious.”

          “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. noted in 1958 that “violence begets violence,” recognizing the contagious aspect of violence. More recently, there is hard science to back up King’s observations. In 2013, the National Academies of Science published a 153-page report titled “The Contagion of Violence,” which looked at how violence occurs. This analogy—that violence is like a contagious disease that spreads from person to person—can shed light on how to reduce and prevent violence.”


    1. ” liquor stores and recreational cannabis dispensaries to remain open for business should the second week of impromptu homeschooling create an essential need”

      Yes, it will be wonderful for children to be stuck inside with boozed up and/or drugged out parents who feel an “essential need” to anesthetize themselves to their children’s presence…..

      How much of this is linguistic? The English speaking countries/areas are, on the whole, dealing with this in a generally awful manner. In almost every country of continental Europe they’ve already announced no more lockdowns, period….. and Australia is arresting people for the thoughtcrime of suggesting that lockdowns/masks aren’t optimal policy….


      1. “The English-speaking areas…”

        Well, obviously, its The English Disease.

        (Etymology: a calque of phrases from various languages, including the French maladie anglaise, Polish angielska choroba, and the German englische Krankheit.)


        1. “Polish angielska choroba”

          Usually ‘choroba angielska’ and it refers to rickets (formally known as krzywica) apparently because it was a problem in England during the industrial revolution (and the general continental perception of the English as a sickly, unattractive people).


      2. I am from continental Europe but based in the UK. This summer I was lucky enough to visit my home country as well as two more others in Europe. While things were definitely not back to normal there, I noticed an overwhelming sense among the population (except for perhaps chronic pessimists) that they will and in fact it is imperative that they do so as soon as practicable.
        Meanwhile in the UK (and this likely extends to the rest of the Anglosphere as far as I can tell) there’s a divide. The “common folk” are more like the continental Europeans I described above. The intelligentsia, on the other hand, cry that there’s no back to normal and they actually revel in the thought. Colleagues in academia extol the virtues of “blended learning” and how it’s here to stay. Others talk about how everyone will work online forever and how this will be so much better for the “communities”. I’ve seen musicians (I’m a musician myself) extol the virtues of sticking to Zoom music lessons and concerts even after Covid because they’re more “inclusive”.
        I talked to someone about this Anglo/non-Anglo divide and they said it might have to do with puritanism, which I can understand. I also note, though, that it is precisely in the Anglosphere (as opposed to other countries) that the intelligentsia and academia have been most active in “deconstructing” Western history, culture and civilization and concluding it is all a bunch of racist, sexist, heteronormative crap. So now that they have an opportunity to leave behind for good everything that constitutes “normal” life, it’s not surprising that they’re taking it up in earnest.


        1. “they said it might have to do with puritanism…”

          Interesting comment. Deep religious and political divisions within the elite in seventeenth century England resulted in several decades of bitter civil wars and ended with the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that marked the birth of modern democratic life.

          “the intelligentsia and academia have been most active in ‘deconstructing’ Western history…”

          Through the next three centuries, the Anglosphere’s chattering classes as a whole supported the brokerage-style political and religious accommodations established by the Glorious Revolution and were a major factor in the underwriting the legitimacy of its power regime. Continental excesses based on destabilizing ideologies like jacobinism, Bonapartism, Marxist-Leninism, fascism and ethnic nationalism gained little traction in the Anglosphere. But the widely predicted peaceful stability of the post-Cold War international system appears to have catalyzed a messianic and authoritarian cultural revolution within the Anglosphere led by its intelligentsia. This cultural revolution seeks to overturn the democratic norms and restraints of the Glorious Revolution regime and establish a new political and religious/ideological order in which the chattering classes would be ascendant.


  2. Our mortality rate is up. That’s why we’re not going to Phase 3 reopening. I am fine with Phase 2. You can go to a café but not a bar, which is what I do anyway.

    The university’s case load is very low. 80% of classes are remote, so it’s not closed, but when you go there they have social distancing.

    I am fine with this middle of the road approach but there is of course a lot of criticism.


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