Very long; well worth the read. (Come on: you’re shut up indoors with fuck-all else to do; read the damn thing.)
If just about all the diseased are old-timers and/or people set with preexisting diseases, the entire response to the pandemic, by individual countries as well as by the global community, may very well be one huge overreaction.
According to the video of a Frenchman who claims to have lived 25 years in Hong Kong, one part of the world (and of China!) that is experiencing a low number of deaths in spite of all, or most of, its businesses remaining open. What is the secret? Every single person in the street is wearing a mask.
A nationwide scandal erupted in France a week or two ago when a Nice Matin journalist interviewed a woman on the town’s rocky beach. Christiane was tanning in a bikini, and declared that she wasn’t about to give up the sun rays. The next day, the written press picked up the story. They would quote her remarks, only to mention with disgust to what extent she was irresponsible, and selfish, and a shame to her community.
Truth to tell, Christiane may have come across as a bit snobbish and self-centered, but there was just one problem. Christiane was almost entirely alone on Nice’s long rocky beach near la Promenade des Anglais. The beach was virtually empty of people. There were perhaps 3 or 4 sunbathers or sunbathing couples in the background, perhaps 50 to 100 meters away, but otherwise it was deserted. (Indeed, the only time that Christiane was in potential danger or that she was a danger to others was when the Nice Matin journalist showed up!)
Makes sense to me. Instead of our local KrimPo (Kriminal-Polizei) arresting people for sunbathing on a deserted beach, or buying “non-essential” products to take home, why don’t they just arrest, detain or fine people for not wearing a mask in public?
Oh, but that would be too simple, you see; not enough incentive to bully and/or fine people or look into their shopping bags.
Fuck ’em. At some point, the history of this sad era will be written dispassionately, and the overarching conclusion is going to be that we overreacted, massively, our economy was shut down for no good reason, and governments needed to print trillions of non-existent dollars to “bail” people and businesses out of trouble — when all we needed was several hundred million cheap paper facemasks, and a temporary public order for everyone to wear the damn things outdoors.
Seen at Insty a while back:
Well, my initial reaction was:
“And I hope you fall overboard and get devoured by sharks.”
But I’ve had some time to think about it, and I’ve adopted a gentler, more measured response.
Now I just hope he falls overboard and drowns.
Did I ever mention before just how much I hate the recording industry?
Here’s a headline for you all:
Dick’s Sporting Goods Halting Gun Sales at 440 More Stores
As some comedian once said, the principle behind Daylight Savings Time is the same as the belief that you can get taller by cutting off your head and then standing on it.
[pause to let that visual dissipate]
Let me tell you why I hate this bloody nonsense with a passion.
- We have, in our little abode, well over a dozen clocks which do not self-adjust like laptops or smartphones do (I like and collect clocks). This means that twice a year I have to prowl around the house like a hyena seeking a dead zebra, rooting out clocks and changing the damn hour hand or else pushing buttons on electric alarm clocks etc. “Pain in the ass” barely begins to cover it. And somehow, I always manage to miss one, which causes me aggravation later (could be a week later) when I discover the omission.
- Because we are an international family, with friends and family scattered all over the globe, I have had to resort to stern measures to keep up with this situation, ergo a wall decoration in the living room:
I think you can see the problem, can’t you? The U.S. and the U.K. change their times on different dates, South Africa only uses one time (gawd knows how much they’d fuck up changing clocks and times… they operate on “African time” as it is), and as for Australia it’s even worse: some states observe DST while others choose not to.
As I am a man of advanced age, little brain and severe deficiency in patience, I think you’ll get where I’m going with this.
I’m always reminded of the classic exchange from Cheech & Chong:
“Hey, hippie… wanna buy a watch?”
“Uuuhhhhh… no, man; I’m not into time.”
Wish I could be that way.
If some mook showed up at my house wearing a “FLORIDUH!” t-shirt and threatened to kill me, saying, “I gorra knife!” and my security detail didn’t shoot the asshole in the face, I’d be interviewing their replacements as we speak. Sadly, the White House security detail seems to be operating under De Blasio Rules of Engagement (“Love him, kiss him, ask him to tell you about his mother” ), and so this choirboy is still alive, even though he threatened to perform a little home-made impeachment on God-Emperor Trump.
And speaking of De Blasio City, the NYPD somehow didn’t put fifty bullets into the bastard who decided to do a little impromptu RIF on two of their cops, but arrested him instead (only after he ran out of ammo). Which means that he’ll be released back into the population in time to have a cup of tea wif his Momma (pursuant to current NYFC legislation).
By now, both these tools (Floriduh Man and Homeboy) should be being referred to as “the late” or “the deceased”; instead, they’re going to be coddled and become heroes of The Left and all New York criminals [some overlap], respectively.
We’re getting too soft.
Oh FFS, here we go again:
Bosses at Warner Bros. are allegedly considering taking on a female actress to play the role of the iconic chocolatier, after two previous adaptations starred Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder.
Is any male role safe anymore? Dr. Who, James Bond’s “M”, Ghostbusters and countless other male roles have recently grown tits and vaginas — I mean, Jane Bond was even considered a while ago. (“I’d like a strawberry vodkapop… stirred, not shaken.”)
I really want some brave producer (I know, I know) to propose a movie project entitled “John Of Arc” : the story of a humble French shepherd boy who gets a message from God, becomes a fearless military leader and rallies an army to defeat an English occupation force. Then he’s captured and burned at the stake.
Nah, that’s just too far-fetched. Might as well just cast a chick for the role, to get the green light. Of course, the movie will bomb spectacularly and lose money — but who cares, as long as Teh Womynz get the gig?