Soviet Americans

This is so Soviet that I have to post it:

Lining up in the rain for something they don’t need! See! Americans do it, too!

What a relief. We aren’t the only dumb idiots to do something like this. I’ve always felt great shame over my people being drawn to these lines but now I see that Americans are just as bad.

22 thoughts on “Soviet Americans”

  1. I’ve got to do this so I can make an argument to see my father for Christmas but maybe there won’t be a line. Here there won’t be, actually, but in Calif., populous area, to get a second test, when my insurance is from here, I might have to be in a long line. The reason for the second test is that I will have flown on a plane in the meantime. Test here is meaningless except as early triage, i.e., if I test positive then I know I’m already sunk. Test there would be to be realistic, since the main place I could catch the dread disease would be on the plane. So it’s my choice, sort of rebellious, if I need a test it had better be meaningful, dammit.


    1. “the main place I could catch the dread disease would be on the plane”

      “I think the risk of getting COVID-19 in flight is quite negligible,” says Dr. Jerome Leis, medical director of infection prevention and control at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He says that despite the large number of cases and frequent travel worldwide, there is very little documented evidence that people have contracted the virus during a flight.


      1. But it is usually on long flights, or long bus rides, that I do catch the flu / whatever is going around. Still, that’s interesting to know!


        1. As with masking, there’s controversy.

          On the one hand –

          And on the other –

          But here’s the thing, unless you’re over 70 and have a serious pre-existing medical condition or two, according to the numbers your chances of a COVID infection creating a serious medical problem for you are very very very very very very low.


          1. Right, the issue is that I could infect my father who is 96 … I’d sort of like to see him and take him out since 6 months from now he could be dead, but they say that I should to wait 6 months so he can be vaccinated and stay alive, so I am trying to truly prove I am disease free


            1. “my father who is 96”

              God bless him. Does his opinion count in your decision? My mom died when she was 104 and I know how she would have voted.

              “they say that I should to [sic] wait 6 months”

              They sound like heartless creeps.


              1. Oh, he wants to go out and also can, they can’t stop him. They just don’t want him to catch the disease or bring it back. This is because in his community are people who do not want to die and also they have a perfect record of no infections, that they want to keep. Once you have one, you have to do all of these things, put in all these yet more restrictive protocols, and it does spread, and it also ruins your reputation.


              2. “This is because in his community are people who do not want to die and also they have a perfect record of no infections, that they want to keep… ruins your reputation.”

                Who’s stopping these “people” from self-isolating in their basement hidey-holes until whenever CNN, or Joe Biden, calls the ‘all clear?’ They sound like a barrel of laughs and not judgemental or crazy or creepy at all. Your dad, on the other hand, sounds like he still has all his marbles and is focused on life, rather than death.


  2. “Lining up in the rain for something they don’t need! ”

    Did the Soviet Union have …. line culture? (for lack of a better word). When I visited communist Poland there was an appliance store near the dorm I was in and 6 or 7 people there at all times (24 hours for weeks or months on end). There was a rumor or hope that appliances would arrive and there was a master list of who was in line in what position and they’d set up a shift system (you had to do your shifts to not lose your spot in the line).
    There were also techniques for standing in three or four lines at the same time sometimes not that close to each other (you establish your place with people ahead and in back of you and go back and forth between them).
    After a month or so anytime I saw a line I had an urge to stand in it (being afraid I’d miss out on something if I didn’t).


    1. Oh yeah, oh yeah. People loooved standing in lines. It was a hobby, it was an art form, it was a way of life. They’d queue up long before finding out what the line was even for. And yes, there were strategies and skills and secret techniques. It was completely crazy. There was a particular point of pride in lining up in terrible weather, at night, or in some situation where you’d put yourself at risk.

      Which is why New Yorkers lining up in the rain during the flu season for a completely unnecessary test reminded me of this.


  3. Respectfully, a few months ago, New York was losing about a thousand people a day to the disease. A month ago, the whole USA didn’t have a daily death total that high. Italy, which is one of the worst affected countries, has never had a daily death total that high.

    It makes sense that people who lived through losses of a thousand a day would want to get checked. And, since they have more experience, who is anyone to question their judgment.


    1. “It makes sense that people who lived through”

      the creation of needless panic by the very same people who seeded their nursing homes with COVID infected patients and thereby needlessly killed several thousand vulnerable people

      “would want to get checked”


      1. Maybe some of them have elderly relatives that they want to visit and are getting checked first, so as to avoid needlessly killing them.


        1. “to avoid needlessly killing them”

          Of course, it’s the relatives of the elderly that were responsible for the NY State nursing home COVID killing fields. The science is irrefutable. Visiting relatives kill nursing home residents quicker than you can say ‘Andrew Cuomo.’

          Liked by 1 person

          1. @GSW: Yes, that’s what I said. Visiting relatives who were infected by the virus would kill residents of nursing homes, which may be causing them to be checked first. Btw why are you paraphrasing what I write so angrily?


            1. Nursing homes were completely closed to visitors for months, though, and deaths continued to skyrocket. This isn’t because of visitors — there were none of those — but because of hospital policies to intentionally transfer covid patients to nursing homes. This is precisely why the elderly population in Florida did far better than places like New York. NYS only started getting its shit together when they started requiring negative tests for nursing home transfers. Now, along with increased monitoring of elderly populations, it’s far, far better than it was.

              Liked by 1 person

              1. Something strange is happening today. Everyone is agreeing, and then paraphrasing. So. This is what I have to say about nursing homes,COVID, and thanksgiving:

                If everybody was tested for COVID followed by those infected not allowed into nursing homes, then less people would have died in New York back in April. So, now that it is thanksgiving, it would be good for everyone getting tested, either on the street or in a hospital, to stay away from nursing homes over thanksgiving in the case that they test positive.


              2. I will never get over what happened in the nursing home next to where I live. It’s inhuman what was done to the residents. That’s what we should concentrate on instead of depriving autistic kids (like my friend’s son) of a school program that he really really needs. The poor kid has been out of this program for 8 months. It’s inhuman.


              3. That really, really sucks. Your friend’s son has the right to have his IEP or 504 plan followed. Hell, it’s federal law, and it’s things like this that make me so damn angry (another is denial of healthcare services to covid patients and former covid patients). I’m sorry he hasn’t been able to get the support he needs.

                Dear god. I just realized that a lot of early intervention must not be happening, either.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.