Posted On: Tuesday - November 9th 2021 8:31PM MST
In Topics:   China  Kung Flu Stupidity
(Maybe this was before the Flu Manchu, maybe not.)
As I wrote to Mr. Hail in the comments, as he and others too* might already know, you can't believe everything you read about China. That especially goes for their response to the Flu Manchu. Supposedly "they did it right", with their police having locked people up in the apartment buildings for weeks, and then the contact tracing, just another brick in the Orwellian wall. "Oh, oh, how can you have any mooncakes if you don't bind your feet!"**
I'd seen Japanese people, mostly the women, wearing face masks coming off of the widebody airplanes into the airport terminal back during the '09 Swine Flu or whatever that one was, maybe with some Chinese people mixed in. (Only 12 years ago, but the Chinese people still didn't have the amounts of money for travel then that they have now.) That was weird enough, back in that era of relative sanity, as I figured "at least we aren't so cowardly and silly."
I'd also seen lots of people with face masks on outside, years before this Flu Manchu thing, but they were being worn to filter out smog particles, not viral particles. I don't know how big the masking thing is there now, as I haven't been there since well before the PanicFest started, then the Chinese have their own, possibly more normal-style, vaccine, but what about the Social Distancing stupidity over there? I simply don't see that it can be implemented at all in that country.
A really significant thing that I noticed about China over the many times I was there is that, not only do the Chinese live very close together, but they LIKE living close together. Many times they don't have a choice. However, even in the rural areas, instead of houses on an acre or two, spread apart, they have their pieces of land, but live close together in villages of a few hundred. The city areas are just teeming with people, respectful as they are, too.*** (When I say respectful, I don't include the spitting on the sidewalks. See Show me a nation that can enforce a social distance of 6 ft. ...****.) Mainland China is bad enough, but Hong Kong is ridiculous. You truly have to move along like ants in a line, headed to that goldfish cracker that the kid dropped yesterday right alongside the ants going the other way with one piece at a time, and it didn't cost me a dime ..."
I was in Macau, what the Chinese call Àomén, on the way to the mainland of China by city bus. It was not so easy to maneuver on it due to my having a piece of roll-aboard luggage with me. Well, I found a decent spot, but people kept on squeezing into me. I couldn't move much, even to turn around. The problem was just that I needed to see a little bit to make sure I got off at the right place. "OK, that's got to be all the Chinamen that can fit on this bus" I kept thinking, but, nope, the driver kept making the stops. 5 here, 2 there, getting on, with nobody headed out the front door. (At least nobody was getting pushed in through the windows as in the picture up top.) "How can this go on?!" I was wondering, after a few more stops in which people kept getting on. When I got off the bus is when I finally noticed that people were getting out via the back door. I wasn't able to turn around to see that during the ride.
Yeah, it's crowded over there. The best bet for China with this virus is for it to get around a bit and for the people to build up immunity. Maybe their vaccine is more conventional and not so deadly. We wouldn't know if it isn't. They have not just plain 'beat it", with all the locked-up apartment buildings and now health-scoring phone apps. One thing China is surely no good at is social distancing. Can the Chinese possibly implement the 6 feet apart rule with floor stickers and that? Nah. Fugetaboutit!
* In fact, if Mr. Ganderson would like to chime in sometime about the reports from China from his son there, I'd appreciate it.
** Our interpretation of that line in the Floyd song is discussed here.
*** I'd say that they are. I mean, were the diverse people of NY City this close together, it would be complete mayhem. Even in a White NY City, such as of the 1950s or earlier, well, I guess this has never been tested, as it never has been as crowded as cities in China except in certain parts - the Chinatowns!
**** "... and I'll show you a man who can hawk a loogie 7 feet."