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Eh, I hope not

It looks like they may be about to mandate masks in shops here. That’s a problem.

Uncle B won’t wear one on principle. He thinks they are at best useless and at worst make an infected person get the nasty version of the bug by making him rebreathe his own tainted air. He’s got the articles to back it up, too.

Me, I’d be willing to wear one. I’ll do just about anything for a quiet life. But wearing a fabric mask sets off my gag reflex something wicked. I’ve experimented with all kinds as a cyclist – chugging air in Winter cold is a misery – and I haven’t found one I can stand. Something about warm, moist air just…ugh.

If they make a rule, we’ll have to go back to deep lockdown conditions.

I’ve seen some wild videos of people who refuse to wear masks to the point of grievous bodily harm. A bus driver in Spain(?) got mobbed by passengers to death. I don’t really understand getting that passionate about it, either.

Won’t anyone think of lazy, apathetic weasels?

Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from bee
Time: July 10, 2020, 9:19 pm

If you can, see if you can get hold of a clear plastic face shield. Depending on location they seem to be allowed as a substitute for masks for people with breathing difficulties. Not sure if they’re allowed in England but in the US I’ve seen them being used without issue.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: July 10, 2020, 10:02 pm

Because of my job (I like Money – Frito Pendejo) I’ve learned to live with it. I have several different styles for different applications. The cheapo medical/surgical are OK for normal walkin’ around, the cloth ones suck because of the trapped warm moist air, but they just got some that have a little piece of foam at the top that seals against the bridge of the nose which are great for person to person meetings. Might be an N95, but don’t trust any labels these days. If you wear glasses like I do, not having fog with every breath is a godsend. Too restrictive for activities, but god does it make talking to people easier with unfogged glasses.

What a stupid time to be alive.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 10, 2020, 10:09 pm

Interesting to turn on the BBC this evening, for the first time in weeks, and hear Lefty after Lefty demanding (yes, demanding) masks. UK and US.

It’s almost like someone put up the bat signal.

And that’s precisely what I think it is.

Comment from OldFert
Time: July 10, 2020, 10:19 pm

Seems like some entrepreneur would come up with a battery-powered portable breathing apparatus kinda like the CPAP machines you can use on airplanes, just with better filtering. Gee, maybe you can get NHS to pay for it!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 10, 2020, 10:27 pm

I saw pictures of someone wearing scuba tanks and full face gear in a Costco in the early days of the outbreak…that could work.

People with emphysema have these portable oxygen gadgets they carry over their shoulder and feeds a mask they wear, that might be something to look into.

I find the air in stores hard to breathe anyway cuz it costs them money to ventilate so they don’t do it, just re-heat or re-cool the same crappy atmosphere indefinitely.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 10, 2020, 10:44 pm


Uncle B, I’m with you.

It’s a form of indoctrination.

Get us to accept “little things” and “what’s the harm”.
Then we move on to the next 10 feet of ground they’d like you to surrender to them, because “what’s the harm” and “it’s only a little thing”.

Welcome to 1984+

Comment from ron
Time: July 10, 2020, 10:58 pm

here in wv, usa, i wear my mask on my arm. if anyone mentions, i point and snarl, ‘i am wearing my f***in mask’
and walk away.


Comment from Armybrat
Time: July 10, 2020, 11:08 pm

I just had drinks with a friend of mine today. I love him like a brother. He had a heart transplant 4 years ago and is immunosuppresed. I am a medical professional with 30+ years of ICU experience who has spent the last 6 months working exclusively in the Chinese lung rot ICUs. All that said, I am strongly opposed to masks.
A virus is a VERY small particle. Regular masks are like a wide open mesh as far as the tiny virus particles are concerned. I won’t even begin to comment how most people won’t even wear a regular mask appropriately.
An 95 mask that MAY block virus transmission requires a “fit test” to assure the right size and right brand/fit. I have been “fit” for 5 different brands/sizes. The use of an N95 without the proper fit and donning check is like wearing a bandanna. See my first comment for regular masks.
Last, there has never been a study that supports use of masks as a vehicle to minimize/eliminate disease transmission.
Masks exists purely as a method of control and virtue signaling.
/rant off

Comment from Drew458
Time: July 11, 2020, 1:26 am

I don’t like them either, and every one is hard to breathe through. And I agree it’s the inch they want before they take a mile. But we have an enforceable edict around here, so if I want to go in any stores and not get fined, I have to wear one. I have little enough social interaction as it is, so I’d rather not sit alone on my high horse and mail order everything. I studied the heck out of masks in the very early days of this and figured that N100 masks were the only ones worth a thing. All the bandanas, muffs, buffs, and fashionable or surgical masks are a joke. The whole thing is a joke; every 3rd person is wearing one improperly. It’s pointless. But I’d rather wear a $1 bit of cloth then get beaten to death, arrested, or banned from any stores. What can you do?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 11, 2020, 4:46 am

I am a citizen. I am not a subject. I will not obey govt orders to wear a mask, and I intend to go about my business as usual and simply keep a physical buffer zone (I also refuse to call it by that stupid name “social distancing”) between others and myself. I will wear a mask if a medical doctor requests it, though, and I have done just that on a handful of doctor’s appointments.

As for businesses that require masks on customers, I make up my mind based on my desire to do business with them. If I decide to go ahead, I have a black balaclava made of thin nylon or something similar that covers my whole head except for my eyes. It looks scary as hell and I get strange looks when walking around, for example, Costco. But I think putting on my black canvas duster and black wide-brim hat would probably be going a step too far! (-:

I highly recommend a similar balaclava for those who need to wear a mask but also want to make a statement. It is quite easy to breathe through, meaning of course that to a Wuhan Plague virus it may as well not be there at all. I like black, but they come in all colors and some nifty designs, e.g. The Punisher, grim reaper, The Joker, and I’m looking for one with Tony Fauci, a/k/a Doc Panic.


…there has never been a study that supports use of masks as a vehicle to minimize/eliminate disease transmission.

Exactly right. Yet we have ugly politicians declaring that masks “cut disease transmission by up to 70%” which is simply A LIE.


…it’s the inch they want before they take a mile.

This ain’t no INCH, pal. It’s at least five furlongs. It’s a big step on a long road in a very, very bad direction. And we’re already a long way down that damned road. Something’s gonna blow, and soon.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 11, 2020, 11:36 am

Thank you, Armybrat. You have just neatly summed-up all the informed medical and scientific evidence I have read. It’s useful to have it confirmed by someone who knows what they are talking about – not some half-arsed BBC hack or Karen from HR.

Glad to see that I’m not alone in my contempt for the idiots who are trying to enforce this sinister exercise in making us display our craven obedience.

Like durnedyankee, I’m sure this is just ‘the next step’. The giveaway is the people pushing for it. You could have predicted who they would be with pinpoint accuracy.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 11, 2020, 1:53 pm

Drew – the boys and I have discovered that Covid is actually quite intelligent, and respects the intent of edicts.
For example, Dallas County/Dallas city has a mask edict for restaurants. You MUST wear a mask to enter, and walk to your table. Once you are at your table, regardless of how close it may be to other tables, you may remove your mask because Covid understands it may only infect you, or others you may pass, IF you are moving about the room.
Son #1 traveled to New Jersey, where, were I visiting a friend, I would have to quarantine for 14 days.
BUT! If you’re there on business, Covid will respect your need to make some money, or possibly have some from New Jersey make some money, and it won’t infect you or others during your time there, provided of course you maintain the magic 6 feet of social distancing or something.

It’s all really quite magic you see.

I have been a staunch “NOT WEARIN IT!” proponent once I determined it was little more than hyped up flu, and especially once that little shit Fauci admitted he’d lied to us about the masks in the first place. Based on Armybrat’s comments, he was probably telling us the truth the first time, and then started lying, and has continued to lie, since then by claiming we have to wear them.

IF I agree to wear one to avoid ‘turmoil’ I can assure you, as soon as I see someone in a business without one, mine comes off. I’ve only been booted, sort of, once for not having one. Ironically the ones I use are 95’s from our ‘go bags’.

Oh! And it’s now official, testing positive is the same as if you died. We’ve become rather Indian, having dead living people walking around all over the place.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 11, 2020, 5:14 pm

I tend to view masks as religious amulets showing that the wearer is a true believer in the great god of our day, Science! Thus the masks are like wearing a little silver cross around your neck to ward off the plagues of old. A token symbol of belief which is comforting because it means a wise and great power exists. You are not alone in these troubled times. Not a single sparrow falls person tests positive without Science! taking note. Like your cat, Science! may not help you, but he knows. “But, but!”, you protest, Science! is good; Science! is true!

Children, I tell you that the True Science did exist in the past, just as true Christianity once existed. However we are now in a time that is equivalent to the dark days where the Catholic Church had dueling Popes (Can you say World Health Organization, children? Now try CDC), and it will be some time yet before the Martin Luther of our times publishes his politically-incorrect non-peer reviewed Theses calling for a return to the days was if it wasn’t quantified, it wasn’t sanctified.

If the meantime, if you choose not to wear your mask, remember remember what The Spanish Flu Inquisition does to people who deny the wisdom of the great and powerful Science!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 11, 2020, 11:05 pm

It hit me this afternoon – there are people in ‘high places’ who have taken this opportunity to do a massive social experiment to see how ready and compliant we are for the bit and halter.

Comment from MikeInFairfax
Time: July 12, 2020, 3:06 pm

Hi Swease,
Mrs Fairfax was just shopping online for some masks and said that pretty much every ad claims that their mask will stop dust and allergens, but not the virus. So, yeah what *is* the point.
Anywho, you might want to try one of from the following list (A mask is a mask, right?)

Comment from Claire
Time: July 12, 2020, 7:08 pm

In CaliZuela they *require* a “face covering”. They’re adamant about the *requiring* bit but completely lacking standards in the “face covering” department. Proggie Logyk.

As I have the same reflex you do to cloth on my face I have discovered that a banana — like yer gonna rob a stage coach — folded triangularly and the long side folded repeatedly until only 5-6 inches remains to the triangle tip. It feels like a band over the nose when tied behind but the fabric pokes out enough that breathing is easy and air is fresh and panic/gag averted. For the Karens, your face is “covered.” Also a fashion nod to the medieval plague mask.

As I have the same reflex Uncle Badger has, I call it The Rag of The Unclean, and yank it off one step out the store’s door. It’s the camel’s nose alrighty. Makes one look a fool, too.

Comment from Drew458
Time: July 13, 2020, 5:33 pm

Changing topics a little, as her stoatliness is a bit delayed in posting today … how about that report that the UK has at least 100,000 SLAVES ???



Comment from Jon
Time: July 13, 2020, 5:57 pm

You’ve got to watch the guy in Walmart who talks back to the two Karens. Who respond with “I know you are, but what am I?” to everything he says.

Comment from BJM
Time: July 13, 2020, 6:08 pm

Durned: they’re also talking about banning cash as a preventive measure…yeah, sure, like that’s going to fly with SoCal’s illegal population.

The gummint has been aching to get it’s hands on the black economy for decades and the virus may be their opening gambit.

Since The Great Mobbing and Burning cases have risen dramatically in CA and our county is beginning to lock down again.

The commie state/media complex blames 4th of July parties, yeah riiight.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 13, 2020, 8:10 pm

@BJM – Yes. Cash back is the current no-no in many parts of Tarrant County, “can’t because there’s a cash shortage you see”.

All of this is making me realize they can, without exception, by fiat, declare whatever they like is verboten now as long as they provide the absolute merest fig leaf of a reason.
“We’ve discovered that wearing red shirts increases the chance you can catch Covid. Red shirts are outlawed.”
“Could we see your actual scientific data?”
“We’ll provide that soon, in the meantime, you are required to
shut up, and obey!”

“It can’t happen here” – right, course not. Till it does.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 13, 2020, 8:18 pm

And they were eager to get adequate testing established, because they intended all along to claim that testing positive was equivalent to mass death just a week or two away.

Goal posts have now been moved to the western most exit of the stadium parking lot.

Comment from Syracuse1989
Time: July 15, 2020, 7:59 pm

I loathe masks and think they are useless and nothing more than a sop at “doing something” that provides people with a false sense of security. I plan on “complying” by making my mandatory mask out of gauze/mosquito netting. I’m wearing a mask AND I’ll actually be able to breathe.

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