Tuesday, March 17, 2020

People vs Corona Virus

In this case I fear people more. Tonight on the news was a story about an increase in gun purchases and sure enough turning to the Times, yep gun sales are up.  I see this turning out well.

I had jokingly decided to selectively take a vow of silence to whomever annoyed me, as of now that list is increasing and I am not sure I just wont do it universally.  I am afraid very afraid of what is to come.  I just watched my neighbors haul in a luggage cart of supplies.  I never want to speak to them ever not that I ever did but this cements it. 

Tonight on PBS they had London Breed the Mayor of San Francisco who has demanded all residents "shelter in place" and she seems to think it was necessary to stave off virus growth in the city.  Meanwhile DeBlasio who is still smarting over his idiotic Presidential run (NYC has a surplus of idiotic Mayors with delusions of grandeur) is now threatening to do the same.  Hoboken is already stepping up that game as he announced this today; This dick off is turning out to be quite fascinating as I suspect Jersey City will follow as Fulop seems to never see a tape measure that he can refuse.

The sense of isolation, rage and depression I am feeling right now is nothing compared to what is happening across the country with hoarders, gun buyers and aged home residents or cruise passenger prisoners who feel the same.  If we re-elect any one of these individuals to office after this we all need to catch a death flu.

This bullshit that we are staying safe is the biggest bullshit I have heard since well Trump saying he is a genius, so there you go.  Its a low bar clearly.

I never thought I would be Libertarian but that seems to be where I am heading when I agree with the below thoughts on some of this.   It has gone on to the point where unless we are all required to test and in turn be isolated and compensated for the forced isolation as it is not like we fucked this disease into our bodies I suggest you realize that this is a wake up call for a country with Medical care issues that goes beyond the reality that despite our costs our quality of care is shit. 

Stop It With the Coronavirus Curfews Already
Self-imprisonment orders from panicky politicians are not a prudent way to flatten the curve.

Matt Welch | 3.17.2020 1:05 PM

Now that sports have been effectively canceled, there is apparently a new competition afoot in this coronavirus-cursed country: Politicians vying to see who can impose the most freedom-infringing clampdown in the name of flattening the curve.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday evening "strongly suggested" a statewide curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions made only for emergencies and "essential travel," whatever that means. For now, this designation falls short of an official order, resting instead in the vaguely threatening legal zone of strong discouragement, though the governor has literally promised "more draconian steps" in the future.

The move came concurrently as a "shelter in place" order for the 7 million residents of six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, who are now permitted to leave their own homes only "to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential business or government services." Violating the order is a misdeameanor that—according to the order!—"constitutes an imminent threat and creates an immediate menace to public health." Don't worry, though; San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said that cops will be taking a "compassionate, commonsense approach" to enforcement.

"We're absolutely considering that," New York City's clownpants mayor Bill de Blasio added this morning.

It is worth thinking this stuff through a bit more than your average politician. I sit squarely on the worst-case-scenario side of the spectrum and have been practicing the kinds of social distancing de Blasio is only belatedly preaching, but there are a least four main commonsense objections to curfews that arise even before you start considering the constitutionality and massive economic impact of it all.

1) Shutting most everything down creates real shortages, not just the no-toilet-paper-at-Whole-Foods kind. The more people and industries you order locked down, the more supply chains get broken, the more stores shutter, the fewer goods are available. We all still need stuff, even if we're sitting indoors all day. And in cramped, big cities like New York, where living space is at a premium, there is frequently neither storage space nor predilection for stocking up on weeks' worth of food at a time.

2) Compressing the commercial day will mean more people shopping together in close quarters. The smart play until now among germaphobes has been hitting up the local Rite Aid in the wee small hours. Mayors, county executives, and governors are increasingly foreclosing that option.

3) Law enforcement has more urgent priorities than policing the free movement of citizens. At a moment when National Guard reservists are being called up to build emergency ICU capacity, do we really want available man/womanpower scaring peaceable residents straight?

4) Human beings do not have a limitless capacity for self-imprisonment. We are about to see a lot of resentment from the healthy Youngs about how they no longer have jobs or the ability to make student loan payments because of draconian governmental measures to combat a disease disproportionately affecting the Olds. But even setting that aside, in the absence of V-1 bombs flying overhead, people are eventually going to bust out of their containment. Setting up legal regimes in contravention of human nature is a recipe for all kinds of trouble.

How do these curfews and mandatory quarantines end? No really, how do they? What does success look like? When is the "emergency" over? We see very little acknowledgment that these questions are even relevant, let alone attempts to answer them amid the cascade of competitive shutdowns.

I, too, urgently hope that people mostly stay the hell away from each other over the coming weeks. But not at gunpoint, and not in such a way that creates new and perhaps even worse pathways for unhealthy behavior. Let's be careful out there both personally and governmentally.

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