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Monday shopping…

We did our weekly shop today. It was the first day they allowed ‘non essential’ shops to open and, I must say, the streets were packed. The government may not know it yet, but the lockdown is over.

Though Uncle B got chatting with the cashier, and she said they’d ordered better barriers and a sort of traffic light system for letting people in. That sounds like they’re planning to do things the social distancing way for a long time. That sucks, because I hate how I feel frog marched through the store.

We go through separately as we’re not allowed to go through together and there are things I eat that he doesn’t. I got chatting with my cashier and asked if she knew anyone in any of the stores that had caught the bug. Nope. They apparently have a rigorous testing regime, though. If you feel unwell, you get the test and you don’t come back until you’re clear.

Spoke to someone else who was in the emergency room over the weekend for something fairly minor. She said it wasn’t busy at all.

Very little in the last three months has made a lick of sense. Though I suppose incompetence is the one thing that could neatly explain everything that has ever happened to me, ever.


Comment from thefritz
Time: June 15, 2020, 9:43 pm

Duck pancakes??! I want to know more!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 15, 2020, 11:34 pm

Pressed Duck?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 15, 2020, 11:53 pm

I see the “choloroquine” study saying it killed people wasn’t scientific junk, it was pure junk, from the get go.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 16, 2020, 12:36 am

I have some sympathy for the government officials who were forced into the lockdowns. The problem is that you don’t know what you don’t know, and the only guy who acts like he knows is the ‘expert’. Now, the expert doesn’t know either, but he’s the expert so he has to say something. When he doesn’t know but he has to say something he’ll go conservative every time because that’s the safest guess. And… there was 1918.

Once the expert has spoken, it takes a very brave politician to go against it.

Having said that –
Here in Texas the statistics just don’t support any shutdown. Where New York has 1530 deaths per million, Texas has 69 deaths per million. So, the lockdown is over. My car club (roughly 30 people came) went for a drive, had lunch at a restaurant in a private room, and then went to a brewery, last Saturday. We all had masks with us, but no one wore one and there were handshakes and hugs at the end of the day. So far, my wife and I are still wearing masks when we shop, but not everyone is…..

I know that the numbers in England have been closer to those of New York than Texas so perhaps some caution there is a good thing even as lockdown slowly fades away.

As you can see I am all over the map in my opinions – I really honestly still have no idea what to think about this stuff.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 16, 2020, 12:38 am

Although the viral disease is real, the reaction to it has been unreal. Everybody has known for more than month, maybe two months, that the ChiCom plague is much, much less lethal than originally reported, and that those most in danger are elderly people suffering from other serious health problems.

Yet the economic and social catastrophe inflicted by the govts’ reaction to their pandemic continues. Related deaths are up all over the world: starvation is very much on the rise in the third world, and the first world is seeing higher mental health problems and especially suicides. Doctors are calculating how many extra deaths will occur over the next few years as a result of people afraid of going to clinics and hospitals for treatment and checkups: the longer you wait before beginning treatment, the more deadly cancer of many types is.

We all need to angrily ask, “Why?” And consider cui bono.

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 16, 2020, 1:13 am

I envy you your hand sanitizer. I keep reading about people giving it out at the protests and elsewhere, but I haven’t seen it on the shelf anywhere since early March. I’ve found some online bulk-size options, but prices are still jacked up 10-fold (or more) for we non-essential types, and delivery charges are crazy.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 16, 2020, 1:23 am

@AliceH — Maybe it’s a regional thing, but the two Walmarts near me (Sarasota County FL) have had Han¹ sanitizer in stock for a few weeks now, and at a normal price.

1. Not a typo

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 16, 2020, 10:31 am

Hello thefrtiz! It’s a sort of poor man’s Peking Duck that you cook in the oven. It comes in a packet with hoisin sauce and pancakes – add vegetables to taste (or at your peril, if you are offering them to me).

As we don’t have a decent Chinese restaurant anywhere near here, it makes a welcome change.

Durnedyankee – yes, the Lancet article was nonsense. Apparently their editor is said to be ‘furious’ that he was sold a pup but then he has form – mostly for turning a once respectable scientific journal into a Leftist rag, so who knows who’s really to blame on this occasion?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 16, 2020, 10:52 am

Uncle B!
Matters not who really was responsible, the interns in Cincinnati are to blame, and they’ll no doubt be suspended with pay, reassigned, and promoted once the furor has died down.

(What? The Furor has been dead for decades!
I can use the word furor, right? Even though it’s a NAZI word? )

Sorry, Uncle B, you may be unaware but the “Interns in Cincinnati” are my official go to for the government tracking down the miscreants who do wrong and abuse government power. “They” were the ones who allegedly worked at the IRS and used their ‘low level powers’ to tax abuse the ‘Tea Party’ organizations back in the halcyon days of the best President ever who did no wrong and had not a lick of corruption in his administration (Also note: I’m auditioning to be a hysterical fact re-writer for Wikipedia).


Comment from technochitlin
Time: June 16, 2020, 1:02 pm

The Anglosphere created the greatest civilization since the Romans, yet we seem unwilling or unable to fight for its preservation. It was a good run while it lasted. Now it comes crashing down as we angrily fixate on trivialities…

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 16, 2020, 2:45 pm

We invited too many people in who think voting free stuff for themselves is called “Democracy”.

And when they discover that doesn’t work, they tout socialism because that makes free stuff appear magically.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 16, 2020, 4:51 pm

All the above, plus we invited in the Frankfurt School who took over our education systems and then all of our institutions. A fish rots from the head.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 16, 2020, 6:33 pm

I have some sympathy with the government’s reaction too, Some Veg. You know I’m a 1918 nut; I thought this was going to be a much more lethal pandemic. Whatever they did, a sizeable chunk of the country was going to say it was wrong.

Our area has one of the lowest incidences in the country, though the county next door is one of the higher.

Comment from dissent
Time: June 16, 2020, 9:22 pm

You may protest, but you cannot loot and riot.

You have free speech, but you cannot have other people’s property.

This used to be something I thought was well understood by most people, but now I’m not so sure.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 16, 2020, 10:17 pm

@Dissent – yes, if they have ‘needs’ it’s acceptable for them to take your stuff, and you should be grateful you had an opportunity to provide it to them to fulfill their ‘need’.

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: June 17, 2020, 3:46 pm

Alice H: We have two local distilleries that went into production of hand sanitizer when it became hard to find, and they sell it at our local Sunday Greenmarket. The brand I bought is called “Hand Shine,” and it smells very faintly of whiskey.

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