The most surprising thing about coming back is to see the majority of Americans wearing masks (and it ain't Halloween and nobody is robbing the bank).

In Japan it is fairly normal to see people wearing masks on your daily commute even without a global pandemic going on.

Flew back to the States last week on one of the few remaining international flights.

It was eerie.

The airports were empty (stores/restaurants closed, no people).

The planes were empty.

The roads were empty.

It is much more shutdown here than in Japan.

Finished watching today's Trump briefing and it was glorious to see him finally limiting reporters to one question.

The best was when someone wanted to ask a second question for a colleague who couldn't be there and Trump goes "Who cares?"..."He should be here if he wants to ask a question."

"The Coronavirus will come and go.

But the government will never forget how easy it was to take control of your entire life. Control of every roadway, airline, sporting event, classroom, restaurant, church pew, grocery store and park bench.

And society praised it as 'The Right Thing To Do'"

From War History Online (Twitter @WarHistoryOL)

"A Jeep packed with mortar shells, a mortar tube between the seats, and the mortar plate on the floor, New Caledonia, 1942."

From War History Online:

"Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.,
Terry Allen, and
George Patton
observing the field near El Guettar, Tunisia, March 1943."

The Main Street economy is being destroyed as we watch by fear plus an unhealthy dose of bad policy.

Where I live and work is usually swarming with Chinese tourists. Now restaurants and shops are mostly empty. The staff stands around near the entrance hoping a customer will come in.

There's a joke:

"Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it.

Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it."

This captures the essence of the times as worldwide people panic, governments enact draconian social controls, and the economies crash and burn.

It doesn't matter that this is a manufactured panic. Reason, logic, and evidence are thrown out the window.

Real businesses are being destroyed, real incomes are being destroyed.

For those of you who don't know what a democrap windup toy looks like for the upcoming election, here's a pic.

(hint: it is not a machine)

So if we're all going to get exposed to it, what is the best way to get through it?

What precautions would you take for any nasty flu? Eat right (nutritious), some light exercise, and drink boatloads (but not cruiseloads) of water.

Apparently drinking frequently makes it difficult for the virus to take hold.

Supposedly the main purpose of quarantining is to buy time until the virus burns out due to the weather change or a vaccine can be produced.

Not holding my breath.

The idea of quarantining everyone is stupid. I keep coming back to The Masque of the Red Death.

In Poe's story a bunch of Italian nobles think they can isolate and avoid the plague. Doesn't quite work out for them.

Banjo Boy all grown up.

His administration would be as pleasant as a canoe trip with Jon Voight.

BiteMe: ""Hey taxpayer! I bet you can squeal like a pig. Weeeeeeee!"

The thing is this will all fizzle out before the 2020 election.

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