Posted On: Saturday - March 12th 2022 7:43AM MST
In Topics:   Kung Flu Stupidity
A week ago Peak Stupidity asked the question "Is the Russia/Ukraine War another piece of Infotainment?" in the affirmative. Mr. E.H. Hail, of the Hail to You blog agrees - if you haven't already, check out his latest post - In search of a “Ukraine-War-Panic”–“Corona-Panic” Venn diagram*. It's not nearly the same issue and likely a somewhat more serious issue for the world, but for Americans it has become the next piece of Infotainment.
It's kind of nice how they segued from the Kung Flu PanicFest to the next one so smoothly. What's nice for me is that, simply put, I don't care that much what Vladimir Putin and the Russians do in the Ukraine**, and, at the same time, people are lightening the heck up about all the Covid nonsense here. That latter is the case at the government and Big Biz levels too, in addition to the (formerly?) normal people.
However, that doesn't mean the stupidity doesn't stick around for a while (on doorknobs, exercise machines, our hands, you name it). After that introduction let me get to the anecdotes. What was nice is that this was all in one morning. Want to start a blog about stupidity, readers? Get outside for a few hours.
I will have to get my first Covid-19 test of any kind. I have not been worried about the Kung Flu for myself*** and had no reason to do this before. It's required for something I've got to do at the doctor's. It was pleasant to talk to the nice cute white pharmacist girl, who must be new to that store. I knew I could have an actual conversation, and she gave me all the info. I had one more question though: "Oh, how much does it cost?" "It's free." "Really, how's that?" "It's covered." Well, OK, "Covered by who? Oh, OK, the taxpayers. Cool." No use getting into a rant, but I've heard of this "free" testing before. Incentives, anyone? More tests = more "cases".
Next, to the haircut place. After going through the usual stressful rigamarole about "Are you in the computer?" "No, I'm here for a haircut." "We've got to put something in the computer.", and my thinking "I know what you can put into that computer.", we got going, and I finally noticed that nobody told me to put a face mask on. This is pretty new. The girls in there still all wore them.
That leads into the check-out girl at the grocery store, a little bit later. She was new too, and also fairly cute, hence the reason I ended up in that line - just a habit. She had no face mask on. That was DEFINITELY a brand new thing. This store has been overboard with the Panicking since early on. I even wore a face mask in there some of the time for a couple of months back in early summer of '20, as I thought they WOULD kick me out for sure otherwise. Then, I didn't, anymore and they gave up trying to hand me one at the entrance.
I asked this young lady about it. "Oh, they finally don't require these face masks anymore? That's got to be nice." "No, they aren't required." She was obviously new, as I find it hard to believe that every single employee for the last 2 years had been wearing one on his own. "Well, it seemed everyone had to have one till now." "No, you don't have to have one on, but anyone can wear one if they want." You don't say! "Well, yeah, sure you can wear whatever you want." What the heck ...?****
It'd be a hell of a thing for businesses to start banning these masks right now. It'd be kind of fun to do so for one's own business, but it'd sure look stupid for this particular grocery store. Discussion about the banning of mask wearing was in the comments here under our recent post Covid Conversations. As a serious Libertarian, I think private businesses have every right to ban them (especially banks), but I don't agree with laws banning face masks. Though it's unfortunately been the left, in particular, doing this before the PanicFest, to me wearing face masks can be a small impediment to the continued implementation of the Orwellian Police State - see The masks of the Antifa - a question of anonymity.
Let me go back about 5 minutes from this 3rd anecdote to the store itself. Mask wearing was down. I'd say it went from 85-90% last week to under 50%. As I've noted in posts such as Menstruation Nation, this seems to go in cycles. The moon is a waxing gibbous right now. Give it a few days.
I hope these face diaper cycles will end soon. Are we approaching mask-o-pause?
PS: Yes, the site is loading very slowly today. Please accept my apologies. I have no idea why.
* From his title, one can see that Mr. Hail is interested in analyzing the people who have been sucked in (or not) by this latest 24/7 mediafest.
** Though I can see the next Cold War coming, brought on almost solely by the American Deep State. Do we have the money this time? (Quick answer - NFW!)
*** I've been exposed to everybody and every thing for 2 years. I don't take ANY of those extra hand-wringing hand-washing precautions that my wife sucked me into for a while near the beginning anymore. If this thing will still infect me, let me tell you, it's not much more contagious than ingrown toenails. (Or, I got infected, and it didn't do squat - more likely, I'd say.)
**** A [sic] tag should be next to that "their" for 3rd-person singular, but I was trying not to interrupt.