Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

On Friday, when Minnesota had 14 cases of the virus, Governor Walz announced schools would remain open because health care workers needed daycare so they could go to work and fight the virus.

 On Sunday, when Minnesota had 35 cases of the virus, Governor Walz closed the schools except for children of health care workers who need daycare so they can go to work to fight the virus.  Everybody else’s kids, stay home. But not to halt the spread of the virus – no, it’s to give administrators time to figure out how to teach kids who aren’t in school. 

Basically, this is another “in service” week, when teachers and administrators try to recreate the wheel that Phoenix University already invented, what every home-schooled parent already uses: distance learning.

Now.  In the middle of the pandemic.  Now, you start thinking about the possibility of doing something different.  Now, after all those years of criticizing and belittling home-schoolers as ignorant and fearful racists, afraid their kids will catch cooties from The Other; now, you’re adopting their methods without admitting they were right all along.

Joe Doakes

Public institutions, like education, or if nothing even more subject to “not invented here” syndrome than the private sector.

But since we are talking about revising “progressive” assumptions about the world?

Perhaps jamming everyone into “high density housing” isn’t the best strategy for (and yes, progressivism is in the midst of corrupting this term as well) “Resiliency”..

I’m trying to imagine people in long rows of apartment buildings, “socially isolated” from their neighbors but unable to escape them, either.

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  1. From the SF Chron
    Newsom on coronavirus: California schools likely closed through summer break”
    If Newsom is right, it would mean a five-month break from a formal education for nearly six million students across the state.

    I’m taking bets. I say the GPA, test scores and proficiency in the English language in CA next year will not be affected in any statistically significantly amount, up or down. The government school system has proved it’s only tangible purpose is to feed the hapless offspring of feckless moochers and illegal aliens.

  2. Here’s another dirty little secret. Ever notice that the fake news is updating body counts hourly, but never identify who is dying? There is a reason for that.

    The worldwide average age of people who die from batflu is 70. The fake news has focused on Italy’s 400+ dead (ZMG!!!). The average age of pasta eaters that died was, EIGHTY ONE.

    The Great State of South Carolina lost our first citizen yesterday…he was a 75 year old man in a nursing home. That fact was reported, which shocked me because our paper of record is as infected with liberals as any other.

    It is our duty to dig out the facts and step in to calm people in our circles, because even relatively rational people can, and have been negatively effected by the 27-4 Dempanic propaganda.

  3. Well, based on what’s happening with all of the shut downs, I’m pretty sure that we are seeing the implementation of Agenda 21 and it’s being pushed by George Soros, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. Gates has been a big proponent of depopulation for years, is a gloBULL warming zealot and owns a significant stake in “Impossible Meats”, to eliminate agriculture and real meat. Mark my words. Amazon is going to shut down, too and the reason will be something along the lines of the virus being able to live on cardboard for a certain time period. I also don’t think it a coincidence that he sold around $41 billion in Amazon stock, in the first week of the collapse and in fact, exacerbated the situation. He is another one that is also involved in eliminating traditional agriculture and owns a huge indoor vertical farming operation. We should also look at the part where the elites want to eliminate cash. When that idiot that is the head of the WHO declared the virus a pandemic, he inserted that we should eliminate cash transactions, because the virus can live on paper money for 2 days. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want to, but the details of the evil of Agenda 21 are out there for your inspection. Remember, Preppers have been tagged as “whackos” and “conspiracy theorists’ for years. Now, they look like geniuses.
    I think that I’ve mentioned this before, but we are not being told the back stories on the deaths allegedly related to the virus. We aren’t hearing if they are directly related to the virus or were they due to a combination of the virus and underlying health issues. I became even more skeptical last night when a friend of mine, whose wife is from Italy, heard from her family that the government health authority has been releasing that only two people actually died from the virus, but they had underlying health issues and were both in their 90s.

  4. Profit Taking Swiftee

    Wholly agree. I just commented and included that point about not knowing if these people are actually dying from the virus or was it a combination of factors.

    Unfortunately, it’s in moderation limbo.

  5. Police Chief: “Thank you for coming. A man named Grigori Rasputin died today. He was 46 years old.”

    Reporter: “What did he die from?”

    Medical Examiner: “He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, and thrown in a lake alive. Fluid was found in his lungs.”

    Reporter: “Fluid? Like from the Corona Virus?”

    Medical Examiner: “Well . . . .”


  6. Hoss, if today I was offered the certainty I’d die at 81 from some damn flu, I’d sign up in a nanosecond.

  7. February 11; seems like a lifetime ago

    “Flu season is hitting its stride right now in the US. So far, the CDC has estimated (based on weekly influenza surveillance data) that at least 12,000 people have died from influenza between Oct. 1, 2019 through Feb. 1, 2020, and the number of deaths may be as high as 30,000.”

    “The CDC also estimates that up to 31 million Americans have caught the flu this season, with 210,000 to 370,000 flu sufferers hospitalized because of the virus.”

    But yeah, sure, shut down the damn economy, toss a few trillion more into the debt column and get in your bunkers, you fucking morons.

  8. ^^ For low IQ readers (ykwya), that is the seasonal flu. Happens every year.

  9. My company used to make you jump through all kinds of hoops to do WFH. Now they can’t push everyone out the door fast enough. If this catches on, maybe we don’t have to build so much light rail. (Heh, I crack myself up.)

    Meanwhile, Hollywood is bypassing the theaters and making new releases available immediately via streaming. That’s going to leave a mark, if you own a movie theater.

  10. Curious…

    I wonder how long it will be before the diverse, urban communities notice everyone is hunkered down at home (busy wiping their butts evidently), and no one is watching the store.

    All those huwhite, leftist midwits that moved into the hood to expose their kids to the diversity are about to get all the vibrancy they ever dreamed of…real hard. Just wait; give it week.

  11. PTS – and some prison systems are talking about releasing prisoners so they won’t be at risk of catching the virus in prison. I wonder where the prisoners might find a place to live, or work, in these conditions? The State will say “Wash your hands, just like we’re doing with you.”

  12. Is anyone else infuriated by the fact that while the president and his White House palace guard ignored our home-grown experts’ repeated, dire warnings, they did an immediate about-face, once London’s experts published their own predictions about what could happen in the U.S.?

    What are Americans supposed to make of this unaccountable “executive” dereliction?

  13. PTS – “LA Koreans be like: “To the roof!””

    Thanks Swiftee! That’ll have me laughing all day!

  14. No, we’re not infuriated. We know that politics is the art of the Possible: what will people put up with, at any given moment?

    Homegrown experts said “Quarantine the entire nation forever.” Nobody was ready for that, at the time. Wash your hands and fist bump, we’ll be fine. Even cutting off flights from overseas caused a huge uproar, it’s racissss, it’s unnecessary, it’ll crash the economy.

    Until it wasn’t. Until people looked at what was happening around the world, and then demanded the ban.

    In a representative democracy, you can’t impose stronger measures until there’s public support for stronger measures. Otherwise, people rebel (Americans, particularly). And rebellion is worse than waiting until you can build popular support for the stronger measures.

    I know, E, in your country it’s easier. The Maximum Leader For Life makes a pronouncement, most people obey and for the rest, the firing squads go to work. Doesn’t work that way here, much as you’d like it to.

  15. Well, based on what’s happening with all of the shut downs, I’m pretty sure that we are seeing the implementation of Agenda 21…

    I added a slightly different conspiracy theory of my own to that multiple choice narratives post, but I like this one too.

    I really hope, regardless of which is correct, that some degree of revenge might be exacted against those who are – there’s no other way to put than – anti-American. Those who want people to die, the economy to fail, and chaos to reign. Because Orange Man Bad.

  16. It’s good that Trump is finally flipping and admitting that the coronavirus is not under control, but it’s actually a good thing that he finally is broadcasting the depth of the threat to his supporters. And hopefully he will continue to say it until every one of his supporters has heard it and begins taking the proper precautions. Every life matters and we need a united front against this thing.

  17. Ah, Emery, you pathetic tool.

    Even CNN’s Dana Bash, hardly a Trump fan, has praised his handling of the virus response.

  18. Chinese actions created this pandemic. Chinese officials quashed any talk of the virus when it was a growing pandemic in China. They arrested people. They disappeared people. The destroyed samples. The Chinese communist government is 100% at fault for all the economic damage of this pandemic. The only way they will learn is if they are made to pay for it.
    Russia is nothing. Our stupid media kept saying “Russia, Russia, Russia” in an effort to hurt a president that they rejected. They should have been looking at China, which actually considers itself to be a global competitor to the United States.

    Chinese scientists destroyed proof of virus in December

    “hinese laboratories identified a mystery virus as a highly infectious new pathogen by late December last year, but they were ordered to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news, a Chinese media outlet has revealed.

    A regional health official in Wuhan, centre of the outbreak, demanded the destruction of the lab samples that established the cause of unexplained viral pneumonia on January 1. China did not acknowledge there was human-to-human transmission until more than three weeks later.”

  20. So if you are a participant in China’s “Great Belt and Road” project (like Iran & Italy), you now know that if a pandemic breaks out in China, the Chinese government will cover it up and continue to send tens of thousands of possibly infected workers to your country.
    Don’t you love globalization? It’s win-win! No downsides for anyone!

  21. Almost unimaginable to say that Italian deaths from coronavirus likely to exceed those in China tomorrow.

    Did coronavirus come from China?

    Did it expand globally because the Chinese government covered it up for a month?

    Does China produce most of US medical supply chain?

    Is it wise to antagonize China in the middle of this crisis?

    Are you f-ning kidding me.

  22. “Is it wise to antagonize China in the middle of this crisis?”
    Once again the crazy Lefty notion that our enemy is stronger than we are.
    Chinese leadership should be shaking in their boots. They took deliberate actions that could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands on non-Chinese. Their regime could fall tomorrow, and Xi and his buds could find themselves against a wall.
    Gimme a break.

  23. Getting defensive, eh, Emery?
    Years of “Russia this” and “Russia that” over a quarter million buys of hoaky Facebook ads, and all the while you are willing to bend over for the Chinese after their malevolent arrogance has produced a global pandemic.
    Empirical evidence suggests that, as usual, I will be proven right, and you will be proven wrong.

  24. MP, don’t be too hard on ol’ Low IQ. I’ve heard there was a bloodletting at Popeye’s franchises yesterday. Poor thing probably had to TakE Sum PR0fITz for a roll of TP to dab his tears with.


  25. Regardless what the market does today, if it can’t make up 9,000 points it isn’t again only a prop if a business is closed, and nothing being manufactured and nothing being trucked and the unemployment rate skyrocketing, common sense should say this is going badly because of a failure as a President who could have handled this months ago instead of denying it.

  26. As people start realizing what a farce the dempanic really is, and notice the only people stirring up panic are degenerate leftists, I see bad times ahead for the misanthrope party.

    Today is the first day of enforced restrictions of moment in California which is home to millions of kooks, gangbangers, illegal aliens and bums. Does anyone not see what’s coming? And how will it look when Cali’s degenerate governor issues a plea for federal help to quell the rioting he created?

    Popcorn time, friends.

  27. I see bad times ahead for the misanthrope party.

    Unless it involves actual pain and suffering for the (bulk of the) media, I’ll be disappointed. I’d also like to the various internet trolls punished as well, but that would be too much to expect.

  28. Chinkyflu panic is beginning to wane in Italy, and the recriminations are starting. Guess who’s taking heat, and guess what he’s taking heat for?

    Matteo Salvini, leader of the League party, used the outbreak to attack Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for not defending the borders. He cited the docking of the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship in a Sicilian port with 274 African migrants on board to say Italy needs “to make our borders armor-plated.” He called on Conte to resign “if he isn’t able to defend Italy and Italians.”

    For those who don’t know, Conte switched from center right to left in 2019. Looks like he’s going to pay for that now.

  29. How did the Trump administration handle this better than China?

    By implying its a hoax which his followers are repeating today.

  30. It IS a hoax, perpetrated by the Democrats and their willing accomplices in the media.

    The hoax is not that there’s a virus. The hoax is telling us this virus is The End Of The World As We Know It And It’s All Trump’s Fault. No, it isn’t. It’s the flu. And he’s doing as good a job as anybody can do, given what he has to work with – a deep state bureaucracy determined to sabotage him, and a media determined to sink him.

    In an average year, 30,000 Americans die from the flu. In a bad year, maybe 60,000. Straight-up, ordinary, normal flu. Check the CDC numbers. It’s true.

    Every year, millions of people GET the flu, but they don’t DIE from the flu. Old people, sick people, people with immune problems, yes, they die from the flu. Here, in Italy, in China, all over. The regular old flu kills people but nobody stocks up on toilet paper because of the flu.

    That’s what’s showing up now – confirmed cases of the flu, thousands of them, but not many Americans dying of it. If the government ran around testing everybody in the world to see who had the flu in ordinary times, it’d look like the biggest pandemic ever. It’s not. It’s the flu. A bad strain of it. Take sensible precautions.

    But shut down the entire economy? That’s not sensible, that’s bad faith. Because you know as soon as the numbers show the crisis is over, the media will be hammering Trump for the bad economy, the people thrown out of work, the illegal aliens who couldn’t sneak across the border to claim asylum . . . .

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