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Hand sanitizer - Cajun style

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I love the "a second time" line - been there, done that. If it smarts that much, maybe I should rub it on my head...

Now, not so much - from the Rolling Stone:

John Prine, One of America’s Greatest Songwriters, Dead at 73
John Prine, who for five decades wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people and changed the face of modern American roots music, died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73. The cause was complications related to COVID-19, his family confirmed to Rolling Stone.

Prine, who left behind an extraordinary body of folk-country classics, was hospitalized last month after the sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, and was placed in intensive care for 13 days. Prine’s wife and manager, Fiona, announced on March 17th that she had tested positive for the virus after they had returned from a European tour.

Crap - too young. Had the great fortune to see him in Seattle about ten years ago. An incredible writer and performer.

She is a journalist and actually reports the facts. Something that the mainstream media hate with a passion. A two-fer:

The New York Post, April 1st, 2020:

OANN booted from White House press briefings for breaking social distancing rules
A news outlet on Wednesday was booted from White House press briefings after one of its reporters broke social-distancing rules put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Access to the briefing room was restricted to about 15 reporters daily under strict guidelines issued last month by White House officials and the White House Correspondents Association. Several smaller news organizations can only rotate into the room once every several days.

But a reporter for the conservative One America News Network appears to have ignored the guidelines, standing in the aisle of the briefing room on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The correspondent, Chanel Rion, on Tuesday was asked to leave the room by a WHCA representative because it wasn’t her day to attend, the Los Angeles Times reported.

From the London Daily Mail, April 2nd, 2020:

White House INVITES the briefing crasher: Trump's favorite OAN reporter who was removed for refusing to socially distance is made press secretary's guest - despite journalists warning she put health at risk
The One America News reporter who was expelled from press briefings for refusing to follow social distancing policies has been invited back by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

'OANN White Hosue Correspondent Chanel Rion tells me she has been invited by Stephanie Grisham to attend today's coronavirus press briefing, despite being voted out of the rotation by the [White House Correspondents' Association] yesterday for violating social distancing guidelines,' tweeted Jennifer Franco, an anchor on the Trump-loving network.

Heh...

Words to remember

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So true - from 90 Miles:

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Dr. Hanson is a national treasure. His essay today is worth reading:

Corona Meltdowns
As the coronavirus outbreak begins to reach its zenith, it remains unclear whether the measures taken to stem its tide will prove sufficient, insufficient, or an overreaction. What is certain, however, is that a number of individuals and entities have behaved shamefully and demonstrated no capacity for leadership or usefulness in this moment.

Nancy Pelosi: Gone are the mythologies that Nancy Pelosi was a pragmatic liberal voice of reason among the otherwise polarizing American Left, honed after years of paying her dues to the Democratic Party, as the mother of five dutifully ascended the party’s cursus honorum.

It does not matter whether her political and ethical decline was a result of her deep pathological hatred of Donald Trump. Who cares that her paranoia arose over the so-called “Squad” that might align with socialist Bernie Sanders to mesmerize Democrats to march over the cliff into McGovern-like oblivion? All concede that very few octogenarians have the stamina and clarity to put in the 16-hour work-days and transcontinental travel required by a Speaker of the House.

Instead, all that matters is that for a nation in extremis she is now puerile, even unhinged—and increasingly dangerous.

Much much more at the site - good stuff.

God Save The Queen

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Betty Windsor knocks it out of the park:

At the end, there is an additional commentary by some talking head - safe to ignore. What the Queen said stands on its own - She needs no 'splainin'

A lot of people are stuck at home. Hmmm. Wonder what's on the tube? From Cincinnati OH station WKRC Local 12:

Shut-in TV viewers push 'Let's Make a Deal' to record rating
Shut-in television viewers tuned in to the game show “Let's Make a Deal” in record numbers last week.

TV programs across the dial recorded superlatives last week with a captive audience of millions of Americans told to stay home because of the coronavirus. Few were as interesting as the newfound fervor for CBS' “Let's Make a Deal,” which recorded its most-watched week since the show was brought back 11 years ago with Wayne Brady as host, the Nielsen company said.

Viewers also gave “The Price is Right,” now hosted by Drew Carey, its biggest audience in four years, Nielsen said.

It was also a terrific week for television uber-producer Dick Wolf, whose Windy City-based trilogy of dramas dominates NBC's lineup. Excluding special crossover episodes, “Chicago Fire” recorded its most popular episode in six years, while “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD” had their largest audiences in four years, Nielsen said.

Advertisers must be happy - more bang for their buck until the networks raise their rates.

Five changes

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An interesting (and hopeful) list from Chris Lynch:

Top 5 - Changes We'll See After the Wuhan Virus
Here are the Top 5 things I think will change as a result of the Wuhan Virus.

    1. There will be a new Cold War but this time with China as the enemy. The trade war with China will force both a decoupling between the two nations but also a choosing of sides with other nations.
    2. Social distancing and wearing masks (especially during flu season) will become the norm. No more handshakes or hi-fives. They will be replaced with the "nod of acknowledgement."
    3. Globalism and any cause that relies on political correctness shaming will lose vast support. People have had a glimpse of what's behind the curtain and they didn't like what they saw. Little to no patience going forward for people who believe they have their own "truths" that need to be listened to. People who think they can "shame" others because their beliefs differ are going to become the new pariahs as it is made clear that these folks really have nothing positive to add to society.
    4. The role of sports in society will be greatly lessened. We've learned that no March Madness, no Opening Day, or NBA, or NHL isn't the end of the world. Interest in watching games will be less and interest in attending games will nosedive as people begin to avoid crowds. Same will be true of anything that relies on crowds like concerts, movies, festivals, etc.
    5. People will start moving out of the cities in droves. Part of the new "avoiding crowds" for health purposes. Subways, buses and other forms of public transportation will be viewed as breeding grounds for the plague. Life is short and not worth spending in crowded environments will be the siren song of people who refuse to be "fools for the city" as Foghat once put it.

I agree. I do not know how long these changes will last - certainly #4 will be short-lived as too many people have too much money wrapped up in getting the bread and circuses staged for the proles. The hype machine is probably already lined up and ready for the fall season.

I love #3 and wish it was a permanent change but again, there are too many people in the shadows with too much money to let their grievance factories go dormant. For every person like Greta Thunberg or David Hogg, there is an entire industry behind them propping them up and using them to support some dark agenda.

I also love #5 but for a selfish and commercial reason. I am selling my old farm and the grocery store I have owned for the last 14 years. This will help rural real-estate prices a lot.

Interesting times to say the least... We had a nice sense of community and strong social ties after 9/11 - it lasted for a solid six months. See what happens this time around.

The silver lining in all of this

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From Vanderleun:

“This crisis will be resolved by truckers running the long haul on deserted highways, doctors and nurses working double shifts in scavenged PPE, grocery store and gas station employees keeping services and food available, utility and telecom workers keeping a strained system functioning, grad students and other researchers poring over data and running countless tests in hopes of giving us an advantage, and ordinary people trying to follow often-contradictory guidance and do the right thing while facing a locked-down economy. At the top, we have leaders whose every move is scrutinized and fraught with potential peril — there might not be any good choices, just bad and not so bad.

“There is no room for our useless media and most of the commentariat. Activists can either pitch in or get lost. We no longer have time for indulging the delusion that they matter.”

The long form can be found here: Crisis, Real and Imagined

True:

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Do not miss any of the first group at all.

Heh - it is not IF, it is WHEN

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Preparedness groups around the world are going to see a major spike in membership - and this is just a wee small taste of what could happen. From the New York Post:

Trump: ‘Complainers’ should have stocked up on supplies before coronavirus crisis
President Trump said Thursday that “complainers” seeking greater amounts of coronavirus medical supplies “should have stocked up” before the crisis.

As cases surge, Trump’s administration deployed supplies from a federal strategic stockpile, used a wartime law to order companies to make masks and ventilators, and is taking donations from abroad.

On Twitter, Trump defended his performance with an attack on unnamed critics.

“Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government,” Trump wrote. “Some have insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?). Remember, we are a backup for them.”

Preparedness is not difficult or expensive - it takes forethought and some research. I go out shopping regularly because I like to people watch, not becuase I am running out of stuff to eat. I am good for three months in that department.

Great move - Texas Governor

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From The Daily Signal:

Texas Governor Deems Religious Services Essential
As authorities arrest pastors for holding Sunday services in defiance of social distancing orders, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that religious services are to be considered essential in his state.

Abbott issued an executive order relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The order mandated that all Texans will minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household, and, among other statutes, clarified that religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship are to be considered essential services.

“‘Essential services’ shall consist of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship,” the order stated. “Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of the Texas Division of Emergency Management.”

Good call. There is a reason so many people are leaving California and moving to Texas. No reason that we cannot assemble intelligently - wear a mask if you are sneezing, don't sit so close to each other and no hugging if you are not already living together. Stuff like that. Simple.

At the bottom of Pandora's Box

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The myth of Pandora's Box is part of the Greek creation myth and has Pandora as the first woman on Earth, opening a box (actually a large jar) given to her by Prometheus' brother Epimetheus. Inside the jar were all the evils we now know today - death, strife, sickness, toil. Remaining in the bottom was Hope. Quite the story.

A parallel today with the COVID-19 virus by Alan Lightman writing at the The Atlantic:

The Virus Is a Reminder of Something Lost Long Ago
Around the year 1600, the weather in much of Europe substantially cooled, in the latter phase of what has been called the Little Ice Age. In all, it lasted 300 years. Winters were brutally cold and summers were damp and chilly, greatly curtailing the growing season. Crops failed. People starved. But the change in weather forced English, French, and Dutch fishermen to build improved boats, capable of following fish farther to the west and surviving long trips through the rough seas. Undoubtedly, some of that new boat-building craft led to the ships of today.

Innovation often arises in periods of adversity. In recent weeks, we have seen such welcome invention germinating in the horrendous crisis of the coronavirus. Consider, for example, the many new platforms for online teaching, or the use of cheap Bluetooth smart thermometers able to transmit a person’s fever and geolocation to a distant database, or members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing together and apart from 29 different locations using their smartphones.

Alan talks about the accelerating rate of information transfer:

As a result, we have created a frenzied lifestyle in which not a minute is to be wasted. The precious 24 hours of each day are carved up, dissected, and reduced to 10-minute units of efficiency. We become agitated and angry in the waiting room of a doctor’s office if we’ve been standing by for 10 minutes or more. We grow impatient if our laser printers don’t spit out at least five pages a minute. We cannot sit quietly in a chair for 10 minutes. And we must be connected to the grid at all times. We take our smartphones and laptops with us on vacation. We go through our email at restaurants, or our online bank accounts while walking in the park. We have become slaves to our “urgent” appointments and to-do lists and addiction to nonstop stimulation by the external world. A momentous but little discussed study by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the British Council found that the walking speed of pedestrians in 34 cities around the world increased by 10 percent just in the 10-year period from 1995 to 2005. And all of this has happened invisibly. Little by little, the noise and speed of the world have increased, so that we can hardly remember an era of slowness and quiet, when we could let our minds wander and think about what they wanted to think about, when we had time to consider where we were going and what we believed in.

And then the virus strikes, we are in enforced isolation and things slow down. His thesis:

What might be regained with a less hurried life? First, as many people have noted and as I discussed in my book In Praise of Wasting Time, there is simply the needed replenishment of mind that comes from doing nothing in particular, from taking long mental walks without destination, from finding a few moments of quiet away from the noise of the world. The mind needs to rest. The mind needs periods of calm. Such a need has been recognized for thousands of years. It was described as early as 1500 B.C., in the meditation traditions of Hinduism. Later in Buddhism. An ancient passage from the Buddhist Dhammapada reads: “When a monk has gone into an empty place and has calmed his mind, [he] experiences a delight that transcends that of [other] men.”

With some degree of freedom from our time-driven lives also comes increased creativity. Psychologists have long known that creativity thrives on unstructured time, on play, on nondirected “divergent thinking,” on unpurposed ramblings through the mansions of life. Gustav Mahler routinely took three- or four-hour-long walks after lunch, stopping to jot down ideas in his notebook. Carl Jung did his most creative thinking and writing when he took time off from his frenzied practice in Zurich to go to his country house in Bollingen, Switzerland. In the middle of a writing project, Gertrude Stein would wander about the countryside looking at cows. We and our children need more time to play. In a 2007 clinical report for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the physician Kenneth R. Ginsburg wrote that “play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.” Yet “many [children] are being raised in an increasingly hurried and pressured style that may limit the protective benefits they would gain from child-driven play.” With the forced slowing of life granted by the coronavirus, we are now seeing an explosion of creative ideas and innovations in many parts of the world. In Italy, quarantined citizens are singing from balconies. Writers have created new blogs. Parents have developed new art projects for their children.

But there is something more to be regained, something more subtle, more delicate, almost impossible even to name. That is the restoration of our inner selves. By inner self, I mean that part of me that imagines, that dreams, that explores, that is constantly questioning who I am and what is important to me. My inner self is my true freedom. My inner self roots me to me, and to the ground beneath me. The sunlight and soil that nourish my inner self are solitude and personal reflection. When I listen to my inner self, I hear the breathing of my spirit. Those breaths are so tiny and delicate, I need stillness to hear them, I need slowness to hear them. I need vast silent spaces in my mind. I need privacy. Without the breathing and the voice of my inner self, I am a prisoner of the frenzied world around me. I am a prisoner of my job, my money, the clothes in my closet. What am I? I need slowness and quiet to ponder that question.

Much more at the site - a long and wonderful read. An inner quiet is something to be treasured. We live too fast - things speed by without our getting a chance to fully appreciate them. This is something that after 60+ years of reaching for the brass ring, I am finally beginning to understand and am feeling a lot better for it. When the library reopens, I will be checking his books out. Good stuff...

The cone of shame

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From Woodsterman:

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Hear hear

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From Vanderleun:

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And it starts - Australia

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From Australia's news.com.au:

Vic wharfies refuse to unload Chinese ship
More than 60 Melbourne wharfies have been stood down for refusing to unload a container ship carrying medical supplies from China.

The Xin Da Lian docked at the DP World terminal at the Port of Melbourne on Tuesday night after leaving Shanghai on March 17.

The Maritime Union of Australia says the vessel is in breach of the federal government's 14-day coronavirus quarantine period after visiting a Taiwanese port on March 19.

Wharfies say shaving two days off the quarantine period is "a risk to workers and the community".

Makes a lot of sense - 14-days is short from what we know - 21 days would be better. To try to shorten this to 12 days is not good public health. The management who are trying to make this happen are probably already self-isolated in their country homes and not affected.

From Vice:

Here's How China Is Rewriting the History of the Coronavirus Pandemic to Make Itself the Hero
At midnight on Friday, China closed its borders to the rest of the world as it tries to stop a resurgence of the coronavirus.

The move was the culmination of a months-long PR and disinformation campaign waged by the Chinese government to rewrite the history of a pandemic that has spread to almost every corner of the planet, killed more than 34,000 people, and infected almost three-quarters of a million.

China initially ignored the outbreak that first surfaced in Wuhan in early December, silencing doctors who tried to raise the alarm before eventually enacting a draconian and restrictive lockdown that impacted 50 million people.

But the Communist Party of China (CCP) is now seeking to portray itself not as the country that allowed the coronavirus to spread unchecked for weeks but as the country that has defeated the virus and is now on hand to save the rest of the world.

It's called Propaganda and Disinformation. For those teetering on the edge of belief, there is always Gaslighting. The State must be preserved. The State must rule and The Narrative must be preserved. I still find it amazing that in this day and age, some people still consider this to be the preferred form of government. The funny thing though is that if you talk to them, they never ever want to be the farmer or the factory worker - never want to be a member of the Proletariat.  They always want to be in the Elite, the Nomenklatura. Sorry but you are most definitely NOT better than me.

What these people do is not useful work - something that the COVID-19 is delineating in today's society - it is sad that we had to have a pandemic to wake people up but it is good that this is the outcome. Do not get me going on Universities these days...

Now this will be fun - France

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Looks like France may be in for a bit of a problem - from Voice of Europe:

France: Top government official argues enforcement of quarantine in migrant areas should ‘not be a priority’ in order to avoid riots
In France, a top official in Macron’s government has said that unlike the strict measures that have been imposed on the vast majority of the country’s population, the enforcement of quarantine shouldn’t be enforced in areas heavily populated with migrants so as to avoid riots.

“It is not a priority to enforce closings in certain neighborhoods and to stop gatherings,” French Secretary of State to the Ministry of the Interior Laurent Nunez said in a letter that was leaked to the Le Cenard Enchaine, French weekly news magazine Valeurs Actuelles reports.

In a video conference call, Nunez argued that restricting the movement of those who live in what are widely referred to as ‘no-go areas’ could ignite violent social disorder if applied with too much vigor.

Nunez’s colleague who was on the call also agreed that businesses in these so-called ‘no-go areas’ should be kept open so as to assist with “social mediation”.

Actually, this is perfect. The unassimilated immigrants will die. Problem solved. We are literally dealing with willfully ignorant savages here:

Last week, Voice of Europe reported that police in Paris’s no-go zones were already having trouble enforcing the country’s quarantine measures. One police officer who’s assigned to the infamous Saint-Denis suburb told local media that many of the migrants living in these areas believe that the pandemic itself is a story invented by whites for the purpose of oppressing them.

“They don’t understand anything,” the policeman said. “Some of them are even saying that the virus is a fable invented by white people to force them to get off the streets.”

Days earlier, video footage surfaced which shows an African woman in Château Rouge, in the 18th arrondissement, becoming aggressive and belligerent after she’s approached by police for refusing to respect the quarantine measures.

“Let me have the coronavirus! You will have it too!” the African woman shouts at the police as she purposefully and savagely coughs in their faces.

I am not being racist - this is not about skin color. This is about culture and how one culture can not be imported into another culture successfully without some measure of effort on the newcomer's part. They fled Africa because their culture has turned Africa into a shithole. They are now trying to re-make France into their own personal shithole as this is all that they know.

It is brutal but it is also honest: Adapt or Die

We could be having a renaissance of the Hut-Sut Song

Earworm? You're welcome 😁

Seeing some horrible things coming out of Eastern Europe:

If I walk like this on my way to my morning coffee, just put me out of my misery...

Stupid human tricks

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Soooo true:

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Talk about being a parasite on a carbuncle on the ass of the elite. From BizPac Review:

Kathy Griffin sticks to COVID-19 angle despite being sent home from hospital with abdominal infection
Comedian Kathy Griffin continued to dramatize her stint at a hospital coronavirus isolation ward despite being sent home with an abdominal infection.

Griffin bashed the Trump administration when she revealed she was in a hospital Wednesday but could not get tested for COVID-19 “because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.” Though the 59-year-old entertainer showed none of the coronavirus symptoms and was sent home with a different diagnosis, she took to Twitter to claim she “still has no idea” whether she tested positive or negative for the virus.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Griffin quoted from a Los Angeles Times article on her experience, which she unfolded on social media earlier that day.

“Kathy Griffin might have been exposed to the coronavirus. Or she might not have. After a recent trip to urgent care and the emergency room while gravely ill, the comic wasn’t able to get tested,” the tweet citing the Times story read.

Way to use a national emergency to spin publicity for yourself and your failing irrelevant career. She probably had some bad sushi and then suffered a panic attack.

Her 15 minutes should have been over a long time ago.

...a careful management of appearences. From behind the curtain of New York State, the Governor lies to his constituents. From Vice:

Cuomo's Prison Workers Say They're Not Actually Making Hand Sanitizer
On March 9, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a measure to fight “egregious” price-gouging: an initiative to produce 100,000 gallons of New York State-produced hand sanitizer every week, to be distributed for free to needy institutions like schools, government agencies, prisons, and the MTA.

“We are problem solvers, state of New York, Empire State, progressive capital of the nation,” Cuomo said during a press conference, before opening a navy curtain and literally unveiling jugs of the “NYS Clean”-branded sanitizer, “made conveniently by the state of New York.”

But according to workers at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York where the hand sanitizer is being “made,” as well as a spokesperson for the prison system, they are doing nothing more than taking existing hand sanitizer and rebottling it into packaging labeled NYS Clean.

Typical Democrat - they do something that sounds good instead of doing something that actually does good. Not able to actually make the sanitizer? How about making masks? Or just STFU and stop trying to hog the front page.

Transformative times in America

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Copied in full from the puppy-blender himself:

SOMETHING THAT INSTAPUNDIT COMMENTER BART HALL POSTED ON FACEBOOK:

Truckers are saying “fuck the log rules, I’m hauling” and they’re getting supplies to the stores. People are stocking the shelves all night and letting old people shop first. Folks are buying meals for truckers, who (obviously) can’t go through the drive-ups. Asking ’em what they want, then buying it for them.

Carnival Cruise Line has told Trump “We can match those big Navy Hospital ships with some fully staffed cruise ships”.

GM and Ford have said “hold our cars and watch this — we can make ventilators where we were just making car parts, starting next week” — by re-engineering seat ventilators which their engineers hacked together for a new purpose. In under a week.

In a project with which I’m loosely associated, a very-effective agricultural disease-control agent was re-purposed and re-labeled specifically for Corona-virus control by the FDA and EPA in under ten days, from initial request to distribution.

Restaurants and schools have said, “we’ve got kitchens and staff; we can feed the poor kids who used have school lunch.”

NBA basketball players have said, “Hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.”

Construction companies are saying, “Here are some high-end masks for medical staff and doctors”.

Distilleries are making sanitizer out of distilling “heads and tails” which are normally discarded. Nasty shit to drink, but effective sanitizer.

People are tipping grocery check-out clerks and thanking them for taking the risk.

Local, state, and county governments are taking control of everything the feds cannot do. Some are doing it wrong, but for the first time in decades … they’re doing it. Federalism is re-emerging, and the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family. This, too, is re-emerging after decades of dormancy.

As Japanese Admiral Isokuru Yamamoto said, after Pearl Harbor … “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

I sense this has just happened. We have a wonderful country, the greatest single force for good in all human history. We have closed our borders, with good reason, yet we have top medical people now assisting North Korea in their response to the virus.

Many things have been re-set, and will never be the same.

By microbiological accident, we are living in profoundly transformative historical times.

Indeed we are.

And be sure to check out the 300+ comments - some very heartening stories there. These are not the elites in Hollywood or Washington. These are us. We The People. This is our Nation and we are talking it back.

America at work - Harbor Freight

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You can joke about them for their cheap tools but Harbor Freight sells a decent product and they are a well run company. Without hogging the media spotlight, they have been doing some really good work as explained by this letter from Eric Smidt, the Founder and Owner:

Hospital Donation Update
On behalf of all of us at Harbor Freight, I want to thank our customers and all of the amazing hospitals who requested donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). The number of requests we received was overwhelming: over 13,000 applications from hospitals and more than 43,000 email recommendations from customers. I only wish we had enough PPE for every one of these hospitals and all of their courageous medical professionals caring for COVID-19 patients under the most difficult circumstances.

The immediate need for PPE is beyond alarming. We hope manufacturers, suppliers and other businesses across the country with the ability to donate PPE will do whatever it takes to help.

Over the next several days, we will be shipping more than 44 million pairs of nitrile gloves and hundreds of thousands of masks and face shields to hospitals in over 1,000 communities that our stores serve.

We are deeply grateful for the enormous efforts of those caring for those inflicted with COVID-19 and for everyone fighting to limit its spread. The days ahead will be challenging, but together we will get through this fight.

With gratitude and best wishes for your health and safety,

No screaming publicity, just a quiet effort to do what is right and get on with life. I wonder what the media elite in California are doing? Photo ops?

See the difference

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Two groups of people - the distinction has been made very clear by the Chinese Flu:

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Tip of the hat to c w swanson at Daily Timewaster.

Just wow - San Francisco two days ago

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Gorgeous drone photography from Dan Denegre (Space Race Studio):

Fun time in the big city - part two

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I had linked to something Peter Grant wrote yesterday: A very nice side effect to the Chinese Flu

Today, he expands on it and offers some very good advice for people still stuck in large cities.

The grasshoppers are already coming after the ants
A few days ago, I noted:

Another big problem is the unintended consequences of government policies to address the pandemic.  For example, many local and state governments are releasing lower-level inmates from prisons, to alleviate overcrowding and forestall the spread of COVID-19 in such close quarters.  That's a legitimate health objective . . . but it disregards public safety issues.  Those inmates are going to have to start earning a living on the street again, just when almost all businesses have been shut down under quarantine.  What are they going to do?  You know as well as I what they're going to do - they're going to revert to a life of crime.  I expect a massive increase in petty crime, and perhaps more serious offenses as well, as the newly released try to get money any way they can.  Even worse, some jurisdictions - for example, St. Paul,   Fort Worth,   Philadelphia,   San Francisco, etc. - are no longer giving priority to lower-level offenses.  They might as well issue licenses to criminals to commit them!  It's no wonder panicking people are trying to get their hands on guns, by hook or by crook.  The odds are pretty good that some of them will need them, sooner rather than later.

Peter continues to set the stage and has these observations:

To summarize it briefly, many of those who are accustomed to buying drugs with the proceeds of panhandling, begging and minor crime are finding their usual fields of endeavor have become barren.  With most people staying at home, there aren't nearly as many drivers, pedestrians, shoppers, etc. to approach for money;  and many stores are also closed, making shoplifting of higher-value items almost impossible.  Supermarkets are overcrowded and under-stocked, and besides, stealing a jar of mayonnaise or a tin of peas isn't exactly going to bring in a lot of money.  Therefore, many of the aforementioned drug buyers are turning to residential and property crimes to fund their habit.  They're snatching anything left out in gardens;  ringing doorbells and aggressively begging for - or, rather, demanding - money;  stealing parcels that are delivered on doorsteps and left unattended;  and breaking into cars parked on the street, looking for valuables left inside them.  There are also reports of threats of violence to homeowners and others who try to stop them.

The gangs who have, until now, made a living from selling drugs in the "hood" are also hurting, because (as noted yesterday) there aren't as many drugs available to sell.  They're trying to compensate by increasing their prices - but, as noted above, many of their regular clients can't afford even their regular prices any longer.  Other buyers are taking the quarantine seriously, and no longer venturing into the shadier parts of town to buy drugs.  Therefore, the gangs are also turning to other forms of crime to make up the shortfall in their income.  Many of those newly released from prison, most of whom have no other way to make a living, are said to be doing the same.>

Finally, with the closure of schools, large numbers of urban youth are wandering the streets.  They don't have a stable nuclear family to keep them at home, and the one parent they have (if they're lucky) doesn't have enough money to buy them what they want in the way of entertainment.  They also have no pocket-money or other discretionary income.  Result?  They're looking for cash any way they can get it.  Shoplifting in some cities is becoming endemic, with "flash mobs" of kids looking for whatever they can score;  and even closed stores are being broken into.

Much more at the site. Stay aware. Stay safe.

When people ask me about why I prepare, I say: "It is not IF, it is WHEN"
We are seeing a very very mild WHEN right now - things could be a lot worse.

We can dream; can't we?

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Tip of the hat to Don Surber for the link to this tweet:

Doctor's advice

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From Mostly Cajun:

DOCTOR’S ADVICE
Heard a Doctor on TV saying in this time of Coronavirus staying at home we should focus on inner peace. To achieve this we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm in our lives.

I looked through my house to find things I’d started and hadn’t finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of me valiumun srciptuns, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how blumin fablus I feel rite now.

Sned this to all who need inner peece. An telum u luvum. And two hash yer wands.

stafe day avrybobby!!!

Heh...

New kit from LEGO

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Timely:

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Now this is going to work out well

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From Sacramento, CA station KCRA:

CA to use hotels to shelter homeless during amid COVID-19 risks
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his plans at a press conference Saturday evening to shelter the homeless during the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are an estimated 108,000 homeless people in the state of California, according to the governor's office. Newsom said the state has over 2,400 hotel rooms secured, with 1,900 beds alone in San Diego County. Seven counties across the state have beds secured.

"We have made it clear we are prioritizing the most vulnerable Californians. We’ve made clear our most vulnerable Californians include the homeless," Newsom said.

No word as to who will pay the cost of disinfecting the rooms and replacing the copper wiring and plumbing.

Excerpted from a longer post written by Peter Grant:

...I developed contacts with members of the FBI, US Marshals Service, and other agencies that I've maintained to this day. I'm hearing interesting things from them about the supply of illegal drugs in our major metropolitan areas. Basically, that supply is being cut off at the knees by the slowdown in world trade. I hadn't realized how much the drug trade was dependent upon Chinese chemicals and precursor materials to process coca leaves into cocaine, or to make methamphetamine or heroin. Also, apparently most of the synthetic marijuana (a.k.a. "spice") on the market comes from China, or is made with ingredients supplied from there.

This is apparently resulting in a severe shortage of illegal narcotics on the street in many cities. I'm told that drug addicts (particularly among the homeless) in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland are finding it very difficult to locate their next "fix", and to afford it if and when they do, because the shortage has led to increased prices. There doesn't appear to be any relief in sight in the short term, and not much in the medium term. One of my contacts is expecting unrest among the homeless community, including a significant increase in violence, as desperate addicts try to get drugs any way they can. He says he won't be surprised if it leads to more general criminal violence - highly aggressive panhandling (with attacks if the victim won't offer assistance), robberies, assaults, etc. He also reports growing disputes between gangs who have drugs to sell, and those who don't, leading to increased conflicts among criminals. Drugs have allegedly been hijacked in transit or stolen from rival dealers on the street, and "turf wars" are said to be increasing. The term "public service homicides" may have been bandied about . . .

He advises heightened situational awareness if travelling in urban areas. Always good advice.

He also links to this article at Vice:

Coronavirus Is Leading to Shortages of Fentanyl And Meth
Disruptions to global supply chains due to the spread of the coronavirus is hampering production of methamphetamine and fentanyl by Mexico’s cartels, according to VICE sources.

Sinaloa cartel operatives in Mexico told VICE this week that importing the chemical precursors they need to make methamphetamine and illicit fentanyl has become harder and more complicated, which is creating a shortage and pushing up prices.

Not a bad problem to have.

Yawn - Greta? Anyone I know?

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From The Gateway Pundit:

Greta Thunberg Says She Likely Has Coronavirus After Traveling Around Central Europe
Little Greta Thunberg has been pretty quiet lately. Perhaps her puppet masters have deemed her dispensable and no longer have a use for her. She’s turned into more of a D-rate instagram figure now, and she’s used that platform to announce that she likely has Covid 19, due to a recent trip across Europe she took with her equally D-rate actor father, Svante.

Trying to claw her way back into the limelight. Her "statement" is at the link. Like I said, yawn.

The silver lining - Chinese Flu

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The pandemic has a silver lining - from Town Hall:

The People Our Loser Elite Look Down Upon Are Saving Our Bacon
Here are some people who are useless, especially now: Performance artists, diversity consultants, magic crystal healers, sociology TAs, members of the mainstream media, and gender-unspecified entities who brew kale kombucha.

Here are some people who matter, especially now: Soldiers, nurses, truckers, cops, the guy who stocks the shelves at Ralphs, farmers, and that dude rebuilding your roof.

The Chinese Bat Soup Flu has certainly clarified some of the blurred lines between what is important and what is frivolous garbage. Yet, in a time when millions of Americans are at risk of dying as a direct result of ChiCom conspiracies and the bizarre need of its serfs to eat any weird thing that crawls or slithers within reach of their chopsticks, our useless elite is fixated on making sure we don’t hurt the feelz of the very people who stuck us in this predicament.

Our elite is full of self-important morons who contribute nothing but more dumb in a time when the only thing we have a surplus of is dumb. The real hero is the guy who trucks in a load of whole wheat bread, ribeyes, and low-priced cabernet to the Trader Joe’s, not the Prius-piloting sissy with a Maddow fetish who shops there. The people our elite laughed at, scoffed at, poked at, are the very people who are going to rescue us from the mess that same elite helped make.

Spot on - more at the site. I hope that the quasi-elites living their so-called normal lives in the cities will see this. That they will see the cracks in the progressives' carefully structured narrative and begin to explore for themselves - begin to think for themselves. Besides, we have milk and cookies - come and get to know us.

News you can use - Germs

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From "Weird Al" Yankovic

So now we know what he has been doing while self-quarantining (more here: germs).

Looks like mall retailer Victoria's Secret is now pandering to a vocal minority. Welcome to the decent into Social Justice world. From Breitbart:

Victoria’s Secret Launches Transgender, Plus-Sized Campaign In Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic
Victoria’s Secret chose the middle of a worldwide pandemic to launch its spring campaign featuring transgender and plus-sized models. But interested consumers will have to wait as the lingerie brand said this week that it is closing its physical and online stores due to the coronavirus.

The new “Body by Victoria” campaign kicked off this week featuring Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio and two plus-sizes models — Candice Huffine and Solange van Doorn — according to a report from W Magazine. The campaign was photographed by former runway star Helena Christensen.

Again, I have zero problem with people pursuing their sexual fantasies. Absolutely no problem with that. What gets me is that the entire gay population of the entire United States is about 3 or 4%.  A room with 100 people will have three or four gay people. Of course, people can move and do - gay people tend to move towards dense urban populations so cities like Seattle or New York, etc... will have significantly larger percentages but overall, again, the population is more than 3% and less than 4% (2000 census).

The percentage of the extremes - transgender, etc. is a small subset of the total gay population so you are probably looking at 0.1% or less of the total US population.

Why are these people getting so much publicity. Why are us normals kowtowing to this fringe group?

Anyway, it will be interesting to follow the fortunes of V.S. Like any other institution, they will get woke and then go broke. This has happened time after time with American Culture (Gillette, Ghostbusters, The Boy Scouts, etc... more here

Get Woke, Go Broke

Little tools of the state

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Ratting on their neighbors - California of course. From FOX News:

Californians are calling 911 on their coughing neighbors
Multiple police departments in Southern California say they have been receiving more 911 calls from residents concerned that their coughing neighbor may have the coronavirus.

The phone calls have increased concurrently with the number of coronavirus cases in Riverside and San Bernardino County, the Desert Sun reported.

Nice to know who you can trust when it come to crunch time. I have zero doubt that these are the same people who will loot their homes when the neighbors are taken to the hospital. No wonder they want communism. They do not want to be the factory worker or the farmer, they want to be the bureaucrat. They are all about the free stuff.

How to do "social distancing"

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You can learn from a master - one of our neighbors briefly allowed a photographer to take a photo. These guys are masters at social distancing. There is also a smaller tribe in the hills of Vermont and New Hampshire but the bulk of them live quite happily on the Olympic Peninsula although there are a couple hundred in the Mt. Baker area where I used to live. Great people, fantastic sense of humor but really bad body odor.

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Poor little Greta

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The world is ending sooner than she wanted it to - from America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee:

Greta Thunberg Condemns Coronavirus For Causing Apocalypse 10 Years Early
Greta Thunberg has come out to condemn the coronavirus outbreak, saying the virus callously ended the world ten years before climate change even had the chance to.

As Thunberg is known for her fiery speeches and doomsday predictions about climate change, she began to worry that the spread of this virus would take the spotlight off her and her brave efforts and instead cause the world to worry about an actual, immediate crisis.

"How dare you cause the apocalypse a decade before it was supposed to happen!" she shouted at a press conference. "I was not consulted on this. I should be in school right now, but I'm not, because the whole world is under lockdown many years before I predicted the end would come."

"I still exist, remember!?"

At publishing time, Thunberg had been tossed out into the dumpster behind the Democratic headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she found David Hogg and dozens of other kids the Dems had exploited for their political agenda until they outlived their usefulness.

Great that they worked has-been Hogg into the article as well. The world will soon forget.
Their 15 minutes of fame is fleeting - Willie said it best:

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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