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Masks in shops are coming back, as of tomorrow. Shops and public transport, but not in restaurants. Right?

I’ve heard the loonies on Twitter say a “new variant” will crop up right before Christmas, causing a holiday lockdown. Hello, new variant. So far, the loonies are batting 100%.

I’m really torn on this one. I agree that mass civil disobedience is the only way to make the government listen.

But I’m an immigrant. I believe immigrants should make a real effort not to be assholes. You go live in somebody else’s country, you don’t bitch about how they do things.

I have a feeling there’s a lot of ‘not going into shops at all’ in my future.

p.s. Picture is not my work. I tried to find out who made it, but it’s just a Twitter orphan.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 29, 2021, 9:34 pm

I guess my head must be in an OK place. I processed the words before the image and what I “read” was “I want an African Violet.” But once I grasped the whole thing 0.2 second later, I LOLed.

You’re right, Stoaty, you’re in a special category and overt protesting wouldn’t be right. I’m quite sympathetic, though that doesn’t help much.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 29, 2021, 10:37 pm

I keep hearing the words ‘Dark Winter’…trying to get everything squared away so I don’t have to go out anywhere, things keep cropping up though.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 30, 2021, 12:35 am

While you’re pondering the truthfulness and honesty of our current lying sacks of excrement government officials, ponder the miracle in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh where nearly a million refugees are packed into 5 square miles of space that we all know must be ultra clean and healthy.

In Spring of 2021 they reported 30,000 tests, 400 cases, 10 deaths. The UN IS PUZZLED as to why it was so low. Must be really good social distancing and masks, amiright?

Contemplate that situation when they tell you they’re running out of ICU space and have ordered more refrigeration trucks to deal with the Covid zombie dead. And you must stay indoors and lock down here in your first world country and above all you must get triple and quadruple shotted and NO CHRISTMAS again this year because BOOOOOOOOOOOO!
You deniers.

Really Mr Fawkes, all is forgiven, really.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 30, 2021, 1:17 am

Some of us here in the States are referring to the new variant as the MEV. “Midterm Election Variant” which is designed to try to force a 100% [or as close as they can get] mail-in election so that the Democrats can steal it again. The thing is, that is not an unreasonable assumption. That old Social Contract thing gets shredded even more every day.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 30, 2021, 5:02 am

@Subotai Bahadur — About that “old Social Contract thing”. I refuse to recognize or be bound by any contract I’ve never had the opportunity to read, nor have ever signed. And if in some heretofore unimagined way I ever was party to such a contract, I ceased being bound by it when the counterparty ceased to abide by the terms agreed to when the (imaginary) agreement was struck, e.g. recognizing my votes, providing for secure borders, administering a court system treating all comers equally. I could go on. And on.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: November 30, 2021, 2:07 pm

You have to wonder when the tipping point will come- this Omicron crap is so transparently a ploy to keep everyone agitated and afraid. I’m afraid folks on both sides of the fence are going to be shocked by what happens in a Civil War. Right now I figure we’re right about 1857 in the process- and there’s no give left on either side.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 30, 2021, 2:12 pm

I have to admit that I am having trouble with this shutting down of normal life for such extended periods.

It rather smacks of the old Vietnam-war trope

“It was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it”

One of the rules I learned during my career is to be very leery of “emergency measures” suspending normal rules of operation. The thinking is that in an crisis, anything goes; whatever it takes. However I found it is very difficult to get management to give up that power and go back to the previous standard operating rules. In the meantime chaos reigns, and planning for anything becomes impossible because exceptions to the rule are possible for anything

I fought many a long boardroom battle trying to get people to realize that once the crisis becomes the norm, you -must- develop normal operating procedures and stop using ad hoc short-term-thinking solutions bereft of any consideration of long term consequences.

To wit: how many small businesses can withstand three years of what essentially equates to closure? What about their suppliers? What about the landlords from whom they rent their premises? What is the ripple effect?

At the risk of sounding like a Ford Pinto engineer, would society as a whole (from the perspective of long term disruption and damage to it) be better off accepting some short higher level of deaths rather destruction of its economic structure?

Those, generally speaking, at actual serious risk from CoVid are not those who participate in the economic system. They are generally beyond working age or have health problems which prevent them from working. A logical long-term approach would be to allow those who will not be seriously impacted by contracting CoVid to get on with their lives and keep working while focusing our medical efforts on those who will be at risk.

I suspect that my callousness will be unpopular, so I’ll just shut up and get back to kicking cute little kittens like people accuse me of doing.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 30, 2021, 6:28 pm

The difference being this is a fabricated crisis. And the fabricators are profiting in control over us and you can bet they are vested in big pharmaceuticals too.

They don’t want it to go back to normal. As George Bailey observed, Potter isn’t panicking or selling, he’s buying.

Killing small business, destroying home ownership and small rental owners, ruining small farmers and tradesmen. Works wonders when you and your buddies (Bill Gates, George Soros, etc ) can move in and buy it all up cheap for pennies on the dollar. All legal like and your victims thank you fir “saving” them if you pay a little more than the next guy offered.

Manufactured crisis designed to “reset” the free countries that they couldn’t control because we had too much personal wealth and crazy ideas about not being serfs.

Pass me a couple of those kittens.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 30, 2021, 6:38 pm

I expected the UK economy, at least, to be in complete collapse by now. Most small businesses barely hang on at the best of times. Who can afford shutting down for two years, but still paying rent, etc.?

I still believe it will come, but it appears to be coming in slow motion. A mask mandate in stores just before Christmas is not going to help small retailers one bit.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 1, 2021, 12:31 am

Just to clarify, I don’t think “ they” set out to create COVID.
But I do believe they quickly realized this was a phony crisis they could exploit with almost no downside for them.

What do they talk about in Davos every year eh? One has to wonder, since I doubt they catch up with each other with travel stories and tales about the grandkids.

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