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Re: Things That Make Me Say, "Dafuq?"
« Reply #390 on: June 01, 2020, 05:01:21 PM »
This is going to be a rough summer!



https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/1/cornel_west_us_moment_of_reckoning

Saw this! Thanks, JRM. An old lefty friend sent it to me. Good stuff.

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Ex-cop charged after video shows him shocking pregnant woman in stomach
« Reply #391 on: June 29, 2020, 04:57:35 AM »
Another dispatch from this, the best of all possible worlds, where since we had a Black POTUS, nothing is about race because nothing is EVER about race.

Ex-Miami Gardens cop charged after video shows him shocking pregnant woman in stomach with Taser


Video released from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office shows a police officer violently apprehending Safiya Satchell.

A now-fired Florida police officer faces battery and official misconduct charges after video shows him dragging a pregnant Black woman out of her SUV, holding his knee on her neck and shocking her in the stomach with a Taser twice. Former Miami Gardens Police Department officer Jody Martel is also accused of fudging details of the incident in his report to arrest Safiya Satchell on charges of battery and resisting with violence, according to 7 News Miami. The charges against Satchell were later dropped, the news station reported.

The incident happened on January 14 outside of Tootsie’s Cabaret, a Miami strip club, and Martel was arrested Thursday. “As a result of Martel’s actions, Ms. Satchell suffered abrasions to her stomach from the Tasers, bruises and abrasions on her arms and bruises on her legs,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle said Thursday. “By filing these criminal charges today against former Miami Gardens officer Jordy Yanes Martel, we are saying that these actions are just plain wrong.”

Satchell was trying to leave the strip club after an argument over food with the manager ended with her throwing money at a waitress, according to the Miami HeraldThe manager, Salem Kamareddine, asked Martel, who was working off-duty security at the club with Sgt. Arthur King if Satchell could be given “a trespassing warning to prevent her from coming back to the club,” the newspaper reported. A security guard then blocked Satchell’s SUV, which she sat in with her friend, Raheam Staats-Fleming. 

When Martel approached Satchell and asked for her ID, she asked why, and he explained he needed her to get out of her vehicle so he could issue her a trespassing warning, according to the Miami Herald.  Satchell, a Temple University graduate, could be heard in video explaining that her father was also a police officer. “I don’t care about that. ... Get your shoes on and come with me,” Martel said.

He reportedly said in an arrest affidavit and incident report that he “was able to help” Satchell out of her vehicle and she began resisting, “tensing and kicking” him. Rundle said video footage of the incident refutes Martel’s claim that he was helping Satchell, who told him initially that she didn’t want to get out of her SUV because she wasn’t wearing shoes. Rundle also said video contradicts Martel’s claim that Satchell was kicking him.

She was shown lying on her back with Martel’s knee pressed into her neck while he was holding one of her arms down and another officer was holding her remaining arm down. When Martel shocked the woman with his Taser, she could be heard screaming in the video while a bystander yelled, “why are you tasing her.”

Rundle also said Satchell wasn’t told she was under arrest when Martel forcibly removed her from the vehicle. “This is just plain, senselessly wrong,” Rundle said. Satchell was four months pregnant at the time of the encounter, and she later miscarried, according toNewsweek.

Martel’s attorney Douglas Hartman told the Miami Herald the case was politically motivated with Rundle up for reelection and that Martel was “punched in the mouth” by a “clearly intoxicated” woman. He called Martel’s arrest “an overreaction.”

“Clearly, it’s a political move by Ms. Rundle’s Office,” Hartman said.

The incident follows widespread protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death May 25. Floyd, a Black father, was unarmed when a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Satchell’s attorney, Jonathan Jordan, told the Miami Herald: “If you’re an officer that has broken policy or acted under color of law with a belief that Black lives don’t matter, you ought to be looking over your shoulder because the chickens have finally come home to roost.” He added: “My client deserves to witness justice be served in this prosecution against this former officer where so many others in her position have not been as fortunate.”

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Your Guide to Shaming Idiot People Who Donít Take Covid-19 Seriously
« Reply #392 on: July 07, 2020, 07:21:11 AM »
One of the continuing frustrations of online life is the need to argue with virus slurps, invariably libertarian idiots, who are convinced that mask laws are "fascist." Here's a how-to by one of my favorite young writers. Your mileage may vary, but I like it.

Your Guide to Shaming Idiot People Who Donít Take Covid-19 Seriously
Because not all offenders are equally offensive (or contagious)




I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than feeling superior to other people. This has been especially true during the pandemic because it has gifted America a veritable parade of wingnuts, denialists, hucksters, and shitbags whose breathtaking inferiority now constitutes a dire national emergency. Bereft of national leadership when it comes to virus prevention, we’ve been forced to rely on each other to keep the country safe, or at least as safe as it can possibly be at the moment. The good news is that, this time, we know the basics of how to prevent mass contagion: wear masks, keep your distance, and don’t be inside with large groups of strangers.

The bad news is how many Americans — including fucking governors — are not only ignoring these basics but doing so proudly. Turns out the only thing more contagious than the coronavirus is our collective idiocy. We can’t yet mitigate this at the voting booth because 1) the national election isn’t until November, 2) to find your local voting booth, you must first answer a series of intricate riddles posed by John Roberts, and 3) the voting booth just tested positive. Hence, the only available weapon we have on hand in this fight right now is shame: browbeating Covid-19 slackers into compliance.

Shame may be the only way we make any notable statistical progress as we enter the Second Lockdown.

I won’t lie. I do enjoy Covid-shaming people. Makes me feel like a big man. Shame may be the only way we make any notable statistical progress as we enter the Second Lockdown. But who is most shameable? Who deserves to be scorned for their epidemiological negligence, and who makes for an unfair target? I’m glad I asked. Reader, join me now as I escort you through a rogue’s gallery of possible Covid offenders and whether or not they deserve your open disapproval.

The Trader Joe’s Karen

The offense: Shows up to buy her Trader Ming’s frozen Peking duck in a bag without a mask on and then screams at everyone for daring to question her.

Should you shame her? YES. Oh god, yes. I know it’s disturbing to watch that video and see our Karen (you youngsters out there are getting so, so good at concocting new and lasting epithets for white people) letting her diseased spittle fly in an act of ignorant rage at a grocery store that has taken great painsto keep both its employees and customers safe. But it’s genuinely heartwarming to see the other shoppers call her out for her bullshit right on the spot. Weren’t expecting that now, were you, Karen?

The hair salon people

The offense: They endured so many bad hair days through quarantine that they had to break their shackles to get themselves some goddamn coloring. Inside! With strangers touching their heads! Are they fucking crazy?

Should you shame them? NO! Not crazy! As a matter of fact, Missouri hair salon patrons just conducted a successful ad-hoc experiment in virus prevention. Two stylists at a salon tested positive for the virus. Every single one of their customers who got tested after exposure to the virus (Note: It was only 46 of 140 exposed who volunteered to get tested) came out negative. The key? Everyone at that salon, customers included, wore a goddamn mask the whole time. Who knew Missouri would prove good for anything?

Playground trespassers

The offense: They jumped the fence so little Johnny could go on a swing.

Should you shame them? Absolutely. Other parents remain the undisputed worst. If a playground is closed, it’s closed.

Movie theaters

The offense: They’d like to reopen so that you have the pleasure of sitting next to a random guy coughing both lungs out during a nine-hour screening of Tenet. Look at them disinfect their filthy seats like they’re spraying for fucking termites:

Should you shame them? No. Last week AMC Theatres announced plans to reopen without mandating that audiences wear masks. They were summarily shamed into reversing that policy and falling in line with the likes of Alamo Drafthouse, which does require masks and is enforcing social distancing. If Hong Kong’s success with containment is any indication, there’s a have-it-both-ways scenario in which we can still do a lot of normal activities so long as we do them correctly. So look at that Cinemark tweet again. They’re cleaning that auditorium thoroughly! That’s good! If they left every seat covered in a thick layer of used Jujyfruits, I’d be judgier.

Indoor diners

The offense: They’re eating at restaurants and drinking at bars! No masks!

Should you shame them? YES. We’ve fucked up the restaurant part of this so, so badly. What we should have done is shut down every restaurant while simultaneously bailing them out. Instead, we waited until damn near every restaurant was bankrupt and then let them reopen (forced them, really — what other choice did owners have if they wanted to stay afloat?) with restrictions that were destined to be ignored. So yeah, I reserve the right to be both disgusted and horrified when mouthbreathers converge on Kid Rock’s Family Feedbag to drink shitty beer and exhale all over one another. Get some takeout and tip generously instead. Assholes.

Private party types

The offense: They threw a goddamn wedding. With 100 people! Inside a hotel ballroom!

Should you shame them? You should. Also, don’t buy them a gift.

Fliers

The offense: They got on a plane. Can you imagine?

Should you shame them? No! Air circulation aboard a 737 is, surprisingly, more sanitary than you might believe. The safety of airplanes is gonna get a more thorough stress test soon because American Airlines is planning to book flights at full capacity once again. But they’re also enforcing mask usage. Again, we see that you can’t shame people for engaging in a potentially infectious activity when they take the correct precautions. However, you can very much shame this guy…

Cops

The offense: Can I only name one offense here? Because there are a lot of them. When you waste millions upon millions of municipal treasury funds beating and tear-gassing protesters, at least wear a mask when you do it.

Should you shame them? Every day. Every hour. Never stop.

Outdoor diners

The offense: They didn’t go into the restaurant, but they still went to a restaurant.

Should you shame them? Nope. Restaurants are, arguably, the trickiest victims of the pandemic because you can’t wear a mask if you wanna eat in one (unless you wear the dining gimp mask currently being developed). But experts have already noted that outdoor transmission of the virus is far less prevalent than indoor transmission. Other people have pointed this out, but America desperately needs to open up every last street and patio to keep as much activity outside as humanly possible, especially during these warmer months when the virus can die outside even more quickly. So if you can’t resist the urge to eat a grilled chicken Caesar salad out on a deck, you’re taking on some riskbut not all of it. I won’t stop you. Would I eat outside at a restaurant right now? FUCK NO. But I won’t shame you for it. Do it in Missouri.

Schools

The offense: They may reopen.

Should you shame them? Honestly, I have no idea. We just got a survey from our county asking where we stand on sending the kids back to school this fall, and I answered “I don’t know” when asked if school should be 100% virtual for the rest of the calendar year. A group of U.S. pediatricians said it was vital that kids go back to physical school and that children might also be superhumans who are invulnerable to the virus? Gonna need that Fauci guy to weigh in here. Meanwhile, I’m torn because I want my kids safe, but I also don’t want them to experience a long stint of arrested educational and social development that could potentially mar their respective intellects for years to come. Please God someone tell me what to do.

Old people

The offense: They’re crazy lonely and will walk right up to you and just start talking! No mask!

Should you shame them? Yes, but I don’t have the balls to do it. I’d feel awful.

Protesters/beach people/people at crowded parks

The offense: Look at them all, like, together! Seems pretty irresponsible! The cops may discriminate, but Covid doesn’t!

Should you shame them? No. I know the pictures of dense crowds at Central Park can elicit a gasp or two, but I’ve been at parks since the outbreak. I’ve taken my kids to protests. I just spent all week at a beach. In every instance, the participants were all, in general, responsible. All the protesters wore masks. Protest volunteers wore gloves while handing out water and snacks. Stats already show the Black Lives Matter protests caused no discernible virus spikes, perhaps because people cared about one another at them.

At the beach, people stayed in their little packs: clusters of human granola out on the sand. Everyone stayed out of each other’s way, even along a coastline that looked densely packed from certain angles. Last week, I was in the ocean and a beach ball went past me. I let it pass and then told the owner I was sorry but I just couldn’t risk touching it. Then the ball went farther out into the ocean, and I felt shitty, so I swam after it as a courtesy. But I was too late to rescue the ball. It blew out to the horizon, never to return. I still have mixed feelings about the whole affair.


Covid does indeed discriminate. It infects those without care and without a plan. It infects those who are either dependent upon or too trusting of the irresponsible. It infects those who think this is a hoax or a panic or a danger worth blowing off to eat at a fucking Chi-Chi’s. It seeks out those without shame and quickly works its way into them, knowing it can thrive in such wanton obliviousness. Shame is the best disinfectant we have in cutting off that exchange right now. Use it wisely.

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Re: Your Guide to Shaming Idiot People Who Donít Take Covid-19 Seriously
« Reply #393 on: July 07, 2020, 03:48:02 PM »
One of the continuing frustrations of online life is the need to argue with virus slurps, invariably libertarian idiots, who are convinced that mask laws are "fascist." Here's a how-to by one of my favorite young writers. Your mileage may vary, but I like it.

Your Guide to Shaming Idiot People Who Donít Take Covid-19 Seriously
Because not all offenders are equally offensive (or contagious)




I donít know about you, but thereís nothing I enjoy more than feeling superior to other people. This has been especially true during the pandemic because it has gifted America a veritable parade of wingnuts, denialists, hucksters, and shitbags whose breathtaking inferiority now constitutes a dire national emergency. Bereft of national leadership when it comes to virus prevention, weíve been forced to rely on each other to keep the country safe, or at least as safe as it can possibly be at the moment. The good news is that, this time, we know the basics of how to prevent mass contagion: wear masks, keep your distance, and donít be inside with large groups of strangers.

The bad news is how many Americans ó including fucking governors ó are not only ignoring these basics but doing so proudly. Turns out the only thing more contagious than the coronavirus is our collective idiocy. We canít yet mitigate this at the voting booth because 1) the national election isnít until November, 2) to find your local voting booth, you must first answer a series of intricate riddles posed by John Roberts, and 3) the voting booth just tested positive. Hence, the only available weapon we have on hand in this fight right now is shame: browbeating Covid-19 slackers into compliance.

Shame may be the only way we make any notable statistical progress as we enter the Second Lockdown.

I wonít lie. I do enjoy Covid-shaming people. Makes me feel like a big man. Shame may be the only way we make any notable statistical progress as we enter the Second Lockdown. But who is most shameable? Who deserves to be scorned for their epidemiological negligence, and who makes for an unfair target? Iím glad I asked. Reader, join me now as I escort you through a rogueís gallery of possible Covid offenders and whether or not they deserve your open disapproval.

The Trader Joeís Karen

The offense: Shows up to buy her Trader Mingís frozen Peking duck in a bag without a mask on and then screams at everyone for daring to question her.

Should you shame her? YES. Oh god, yes. I know itís disturbing to watch that video and see our Karen (you youngsters out there are getting so, so good at concocting new and lasting epithets for white people) letting her diseased spittle fly in an act of ignorant rage at a grocery store that has taken great painsto keep both its employees and customers safe. But itís genuinely heartwarming to see the other shoppers call her out for her bullshit right on the spot. Werenít expecting that now, were you, Karen?

The hair salon people

The offense: They endured so many bad hair days through quarantine that they had to break their shackles to get themselves some goddamn coloring. Inside! With strangers touching their heads! Are they fucking crazy?

Should you shame them? NO! Not crazy! As a matter of fact, Missouri hair salon patrons just conducted a successful ad-hoc experiment in virus prevention. Two stylists at a salon tested positive for the virus. Every single one of their customers who got tested after exposure to the virus (Note: It was only 46 of 140 exposed who volunteered to get tested) came out negative. The key? Everyone at that salon, customers included, wore a goddamn mask the whole time. Who knew Missouri would prove good for anything?

Playground trespassers

The offense: They jumped the fence so little Johnny could go on a swing.

Should you shame them? Absolutely. Other parents remain the undisputed worst. If a playground is closed, itís closed.

Movie theaters

The offense: Theyíd like to reopen so that you have the pleasure of sitting next to a random guy coughing both lungs out during a nine-hour screening of Tenet. Look at them disinfect their filthy seats like theyíre spraying for fucking termites:

Should you shame them? No. Last week AMC Theatres announced plans to reopen without mandating that audiences wear masks. They were summarily shamed into reversing that policy and falling in line with the likes of Alamo Drafthouse, which does require masks and is enforcing social distancing. If Hong Kongís success with containment is any indication, thereís a have-it-both-ways scenario in which we can still do a lot of normal activities so long as we do them correctly. So look at that Cinemark tweet again. Theyíre cleaning that auditorium thoroughly! Thatís good! If they left every seat covered in a thick layer of used Jujyfruits, Iíd be judgier.

Indoor diners

The offense: Theyíre eating at restaurants and drinking at bars! No masks!

Should you shame them? YES. Weíve fucked up the restaurant part of this so, so badly. What we should have done is shut down every restaurant while simultaneously bailing them out. Instead, we waited until damn near every restaurant was bankrupt and then let them reopen (forced them, really ó what other choice did owners have if they wanted to stay afloat?) with restrictions that were destined to be ignored. So yeah, I reserve the right to be both disgusted and horrified when mouthbreathers converge on Kid Rockís Family Feedbag to drink shitty beer and exhale all over one another. Get some takeout and tip generously instead. Assholes.

Private party types

The offense: They threw a goddamn wedding. With 100 people! Inside a hotel ballroom!

Should you shame them? You should. Also, donít buy them a gift.

Fliers

The offense: They got on a plane. Can you imagine?

Should you shame them? No! Air circulation aboard a 737 is, surprisingly, more sanitary than you might believe. The safety of airplanes is gonna get a more thorough stress test soon because American Airlines is planning to book flights at full capacity once again. But theyíre also enforcing mask usage. Again, we see that you canít shame people for engaging in a potentially infectious activity when they take the correct precautions. However, you can very much shame this guyÖ

Cops

The offense: Can I only name one offense here? Because there are a lot of them. When you waste millions upon millions of municipal treasury funds beating and tear-gassing protesters, at least wear a mask when you do it.

Should you shame them? Every day. Every hour. Never stop.

Outdoor diners

The offense: They didnít go into the restaurant, but they still went to a restaurant.

Should you shame them? Nope. Restaurants are, arguably, the trickiest victims of the pandemic because you canít wear a mask if you wanna eat in one (unless you wear the dining gimp mask currently being developed). But experts have already noted that outdoor transmission of the virus is far less prevalent than indoor transmission. Other people have pointed this out, but America desperately needs to open up every last street and patio to keep as much activity outside as humanly possible, especially during these warmer months when the virus can die outside even more quickly. So if you canít resist the urge to eat a grilled chicken Caesar salad out on a deck, youíre taking on some riskbut not all of it. I wonít stop you. Would I eat outside at a restaurant right now? FUCK NO. But I wonít shame you for it. Do it in Missouri.

Schools

The offense: They may reopen.

Should you shame them? Honestly, I have no idea. We just got a survey from our county asking where we stand on sending the kids back to school this fall, and I answered ďI donít knowĒ when asked if school should be 100% virtual for the rest of the calendar year. A group of U.S. pediatricians said it was vital that kids go back to physical school and that children might also be superhumans who are invulnerable to the virus? Gonna need that Fauci guy to weigh in here. Meanwhile, Iím torn because I want my kids safe, but I also donít want them to experience a long stint of arrested educational and social development that could potentially mar their respective intellects for years to come. Please God someone tell me what to do.

Old people

The offense: Theyíre crazy lonely and will walk right up to you and just start talking! No mask!

Should you shame them? Yes, but I donít have the balls to do it. Iíd feel awful.

Protesters/beach people/people at crowded parks

The offense: Look at them all, like, together! Seems pretty irresponsible! The cops may discriminate, but Covid doesnít!

Should you shame them? No. I know the pictures of dense crowds at Central Park can elicit a gasp or two, but Iíve been at parks since the outbreak. Iíve taken my kids to protests. I just spent all week at a beach. In every instance, the participants were all, in general, responsible. All the protesters wore masks. Protest volunteers wore gloves while handing out water and snacks. Stats already show the Black Lives Matter protests caused no discernible virus spikes, perhaps because people cared about one another at them.

At the beach, people stayed in their little packs: clusters of human granola out on the sand. Everyone stayed out of each otherís way, even along a coastline that looked densely packed from certain angles. Last week, I was in the ocean and a beach ball went past me. I let it pass and then told the owner I was sorry but I just couldnít risk touching it. Then the ball went farther out into the ocean, and I felt shitty, so I swam after it as a courtesy. But I was too late to rescue the ball. It blew out to the horizon, never to return. I still have mixed feelings about the whole affair.


Covid does indeed discriminate. It infects those without care and without a plan. It infects those who are either dependent upon or too trusting of the irresponsible. It infects those who think this is a hoax or a panic or a danger worth blowing off to eat at a fucking Chi-Chiís. It seeks out those without shame and quickly works its way into them, knowing it can thrive in such wanton obliviousness. Shame is the best disinfectant we have in cutting off that exchange right now. Use it wisely.


I take COVID-19 about as seriously as it can be taken, I expect, but the numbers are telling a different story than the news outlets. Ugo Bardi even mentioned it.

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Lots of new cases, but a younger cohort....and less mortality.

Look at how the demographics are changing. This graphic below is from Texas.

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Re: Your Guide to Shaming Idiot People Who Donít Take Covid-19 Seriously
« Reply #394 on: July 07, 2020, 06:00:11 PM »
One of the continuing frustrations of online life is the need to argue with virus slurps, invariably libertarian idiots, who are convinced that mask laws are "fascist." Here's a how-to by one of my favorite young writers. Your mileage may vary, but I like it.

Your Guide to Shaming Idiot People Who Donít Take Covid-19 Seriously
Because not all offenders are equally offensive (or contagious)




I donít know about you, but thereís nothing I enjoy more than feeling superior to other people. This has been especially true during the pandemic because it has gifted America a veritable parade of wingnuts, denialists, hucksters, and shitbags whose breathtaking inferiority now constitutes a dire national emergency. Bereft of national leadership when it comes to virus prevention, weíve been forced to rely on each other to keep the country safe, or at least as safe as it can possibly be at the moment. The good news is that, this time, we know the basics of how to prevent mass contagion: wear masks, keep your distance, and donít be inside with large groups of strangers.

The bad news is how many Americans ó including fucking governors ó are not only ignoring these basics but doing so proudly. Turns out the only thing more contagious than the coronavirus is our collective idiocy. We canít yet mitigate this at the voting booth because 1) the national election isnít until November, 2) to find your local voting booth, you must first answer a series of intricate riddles posed by John Roberts, and 3) the voting booth just tested positive. Hence, the only available weapon we have on hand in this fight right now is shame: browbeating Covid-19 slackers into compliance.

Shame may be the only way we make any notable statistical progress as we enter the Second Lockdown.

I wonít lie. I do enjoy Covid-shaming people. Makes me feel like a big man. Shame may be the only way we make any notable statistical progress as we enter the Second Lockdown. But who is most shameable? Who deserves to be scorned for their epidemiological negligence, and who makes for an unfair target? Iím glad I asked. Reader, join me now as I escort you through a rogueís gallery of possible Covid offenders and whether or not they deserve your open disapproval.

The Trader Joeís Karen

The offense: Shows up to buy her Trader Mingís frozen Peking duck in a bag without a mask on and then screams at everyone for daring to question her.

Should you shame her? YES. Oh god, yes. I know itís disturbing to watch that video and see our Karen (you youngsters out there are getting so, so good at concocting new and lasting epithets for white people) letting her diseased spittle fly in an act of ignorant rage at a grocery store that has taken great painsto keep both its employees and customers safe. But itís genuinely heartwarming to see the other shoppers call her out for her bullshit right on the spot. Werenít expecting that now, were you, Karen?

The hair salon people

The offense: They endured so many bad hair days through quarantine that they had to break their shackles to get themselves some goddamn coloring. Inside! With strangers touching their heads! Are they fucking crazy?

Should you shame them? NO! Not crazy! As a matter of fact, Missouri hair salon patrons just conducted a successful ad-hoc experiment in virus prevention. Two stylists at a salon tested positive for the virus. Every single one of their customers who got tested after exposure to the virus (Note: It was only 46 of 140 exposed who volunteered to get tested) came out negative. The key? Everyone at that salon, customers included, wore a goddamn mask the whole time. Who knew Missouri would prove good for anything?

Playground trespassers

The offense: They jumped the fence so little Johnny could go on a swing.

Should you shame them? Absolutely. Other parents remain the undisputed worst. If a playground is closed, itís closed.

Movie theaters

The offense: Theyíd like to reopen so that you have the pleasure of sitting next to a random guy coughing both lungs out during a nine-hour screening of Tenet. Look at them disinfect their filthy seats like theyíre spraying for fucking termites:

Should you shame them? No. Last week AMC Theatres announced plans to reopen without mandating that audiences wear masks. They were summarily shamed into reversing that policy and falling in line with the likes of Alamo Drafthouse, which does require masks and is enforcing social distancing. If Hong Kongís success with containment is any indication, thereís a have-it-both-ways scenario in which we can still do a lot of normal activities so long as we do them correctly. So look at that Cinemark tweet again. Theyíre cleaning that auditorium thoroughly! Thatís good! If they left every seat covered in a thick layer of used Jujyfruits, Iíd be judgier.

Indoor diners

The offense: Theyíre eating at restaurants and drinking at bars! No masks!

Should you shame them? YES. Weíve fucked up the restaurant part of this so, so badly. What we should have done is shut down every restaurant while simultaneously bailing them out. Instead, we waited until damn near every restaurant was bankrupt and then let them reopen (forced them, really ó what other choice did owners have if they wanted to stay afloat?) with restrictions that were destined to be ignored. So yeah, I reserve the right to be both disgusted and horrified when mouthbreathers converge on Kid Rockís Family Feedbag to drink shitty beer and exhale all over one another. Get some takeout and tip generously instead. Assholes.

Private party types

The offense: They threw a goddamn wedding. With 100 people! Inside a hotel ballroom!

Should you shame them? You should. Also, donít buy them a gift.

Fliers

The offense: They got on a plane. Can you imagine?

Should you shame them? No! Air circulation aboard a 737 is, surprisingly, more sanitary than you might believe. The safety of airplanes is gonna get a more thorough stress test soon because American Airlines is planning to book flights at full capacity once again. But theyíre also enforcing mask usage. Again, we see that you canít shame people for engaging in a potentially infectious activity when they take the correct precautions. However, you can very much shame this guyÖ

Cops

The offense: Can I only name one offense here? Because there are a lot of them. When you waste millions upon millions of municipal treasury funds beating and tear-gassing protesters, at least wear a mask when you do it.

Should you shame them? Every day. Every hour. Never stop.

Outdoor diners

The offense: They didnít go into the restaurant, but they still went to a restaurant.

Should you shame them? Nope. Restaurants are, arguably, the trickiest victims of the pandemic because you canít wear a mask if you wanna eat in one (unless you wear the dining gimp mask currently being developed). But experts have already noted that outdoor transmission of the virus is far less prevalent than indoor transmission. Other people have pointed this out, but America desperately needs to open up every last street and patio to keep as much activity outside as humanly possible, especially during these warmer months when the virus can die outside even more quickly. So if you canít resist the urge to eat a grilled chicken Caesar salad out on a deck, youíre taking on some riskbut not all of it. I wonít stop you. Would I eat outside at a restaurant right now? FUCK NO. But I wonít shame you for it. Do it in Missouri.

Schools

The offense: They may reopen.

Should you shame them? Honestly, I have no idea. We just got a survey from our county asking where we stand on sending the kids back to school this fall, and I answered ďI donít knowĒ when asked if school should be 100% virtual for the rest of the calendar year. A group of U.S. pediatricians said it was vital that kids go back to physical school and that children might also be superhumans who are invulnerable to the virus? Gonna need that Fauci guy to weigh in here. Meanwhile, Iím torn because I want my kids safe, but I also donít want them to experience a long stint of arrested educational and social development that could potentially mar their respective intellects for years to come. Please God someone tell me what to do.

Old people

The offense: Theyíre crazy lonely and will walk right up to you and just start talking! No mask!

Should you shame them? Yes, but I donít have the balls to do it. Iíd feel awful.

Protesters/beach people/people at crowded parks

The offense: Look at them all, like, together! Seems pretty irresponsible! The cops may discriminate, but Covid doesnít!

Should you shame them? No. I know the pictures of dense crowds at Central Park can elicit a gasp or two, but Iíve been at parks since the outbreak. Iíve taken my kids to protests. I just spent all week at a beach. In every instance, the participants were all, in general, responsible. All the protesters wore masks. Protest volunteers wore gloves while handing out water and snacks. Stats already show the Black Lives Matter protests caused no discernible virus spikes, perhaps because people cared about one another at them.

At the beach, people stayed in their little packs: clusters of human granola out on the sand. Everyone stayed out of each otherís way, even along a coastline that looked densely packed from certain angles. Last week, I was in the ocean and a beach ball went past me. I let it pass and then told the owner I was sorry but I just couldnít risk touching it. Then the ball went farther out into the ocean, and I felt shitty, so I swam after it as a courtesy. But I was too late to rescue the ball. It blew out to the horizon, never to return. I still have mixed feelings about the whole affair.


Covid does indeed discriminate. It infects those without care and without a plan. It infects those who are either dependent upon or too trusting of the irresponsible. It infects those who think this is a hoax or a panic or a danger worth blowing off to eat at a fucking Chi-Chiís. It seeks out those without shame and quickly works its way into them, knowing it can thrive in such wanton obliviousness. Shame is the best disinfectant we have in cutting off that exchange right now. Use it wisely.


I take COVID-19 about as seriously as it can be taken, I expect, but the numbers are telling a different story than the news outlets. Ugo Bardi even mentioned it.

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Lots of new cases, but a younger cohort....and less mortality.

Look at how the demographics are changing. This graphic below is from Texas.

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Maybe. Give the deaths a couple of weeks. I am not sure that a midstream measurement is all that meaningful.
None of which has anything to do with the point of the original post.
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."

 

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