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How We Live Now 2

CW at Daily Timewaster says: One of Glenn Reynold’s commenters posted this, and it’s just too good not to repost. I agree.

“Truckers are saying “f*** the log rules, I’m hauling” and they’re getting supplies to the stores. People are stocking the shelves all night and letting old people shop first. Folks are buying meals for truckers, who (obviously) can’t go through the drive-ups. Asking ’em what they want, then buying it for them.

“Carnival Cruise Line has told Trump “We can match those big Navy Hospital ships with some fully staffed cruise ships”.

“GM and Ford have said “hold our cars and watch this — we can make ventilators where we were just making car parts, starting next week” — by re-engineering seat ventilators which their engineers hacked together for a new purpose. In under a week.

“In a project with which I’m loosely associated, a very-effective agricultural disease-control agent was re-purposed and re-labeled specifically for Corona-virus control by the FDA and EPA in under ten days, from initial request to distribution.

“Restaurants and schools have said, “we’ve got kitchens and staff; we can feed the poor kids who used have school lunch.”

“NBA basketball players have said, “Hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.”
Construction companies are saying, “Here are some high-end masks for medical staff and doctors”.

“Distilleries are making sanitizer out of distilling “heads and tails” which are normally discarded. Nasty shit to drink, but effective sanitizer.

“People are tipping grocery check-out clerks and thanking them for taking the risk.

“Local, state, and county governments are taking control of everything the feds cannot do. Some are doing it wrong, but for the first time in decades … they’re doing it. Federalism is re-emerging, and the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family. This, too, is re-emerging after decades of dormancy.”

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  • BillH March 27, 2020, 7:27 AM

    Shades of WW2. I was old enough to watch mostly, but did do things like pull my wagon around the neighborhood asking for scrap metal, then offloading at the school yard collection point. Ten years old and helping fight a war. High point of my career now that I think about it.

  • Rob De Witt March 27, 2020, 7:42 AM

    “…. the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family. This, too, is re-emerging after decades of dormancy.”

    This is an exact description of the Catholic principle of Subsidiarity, part of the Magisterium since 1891.

  • jwm March 27, 2020, 8:18 AM

    What a great post to begin the morning. Like a lot of people I’ve been feeling the ambient stress this mess has generated, and it’s making me cranky (not hard to do, on the best of days). But I believe that there can be some good come out of all this. I traded notes with Ghostsniper on this a few posts back. I can foresee a huge push to bring manufacturing home. “Made-In- USA” should be a thing, ya’ know? Perhaps that will necessitate the relaxation of ridiculous “climate change” and other environmental nonsense regulations.
    And perhaps this will drive nail into the coffin of our utterly corrupt mas media. “Hurry them to their grave. Signed Jaque.”
    We can hope.


  • ghostsniper March 27, 2020, 8:28 AM

    “…the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family…”

  • anne March 27, 2020, 9:32 AM

    “…the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family . . .’
    OHHH. . .SO that is why the liberals are still trying so hard to destroy the nuclear family as we have known it for centuries. You can do a search by asking: BBC+Polyamory. You can see how many times in the past year the liberals at British Broadcasting have posted “news” articles about people living menage a trois lives. I think there has been close to ten times the BBC has put this idea forward to the press as a positive new way to structure the family. Guess all those older single professional women find that life without a good man is also a personal tragedy!

  • Vanderleun March 27, 2020, 9:50 AM

    Here you go, JWM

  • jwm March 27, 2020, 12:15 PM

    Well, I came close, and misspelled Jacques to boot. Probably remembering the quote from the easy reading version I had to use when I taught it in high school. But yeah. Fast.


  • Casey Klahn March 27, 2020, 12:22 PM

    Greetings and a great post and comments. I am prompted to begin a list of things now post-apocalyptically up for revision.
    Chinese manufacturing and imports from same.
    Communism, liberalism, statism and all of that no borders horseshit.
    The environment, as an issue.
    The Democrat Party.
    Joe Biden.
    Cloth shopping bags.
    Social politics as a whole.
    Anti gun sentiment.
    Anti hunting sentiment.
    Packaged food/ meals.
    New York City.
    News media.

    What else?

  • Rick March 27, 2020, 12:53 PM

    I wish I believed that things will change but I don’t. Give us 3 months and we’ll all be just as self centered, money hungry and shopping at all the stores that sell cheap stuff from China as we were 6 months ago. We made the choice of having China make the cheap stuff, not the manufactures. They moved to China because they couldn’t pay $15.00 an hour to someone to sink screws all day. Why is buying a Chinese product worse than buying a shirt made in Malaysia or a German camera or a frying pan made 3 states away? I know, China is governed by despots. But we’ve been buying from despots for as long as I’ve been alive . People knock themselves to buy Cuban cigars or Venezuelan oil and never give it a thought. Any of us can buy American anytime we want, but we don’t because we don’t want to spend the money. Somethings there is so little profit on, like flatscreen TVs, that no one in America would even consider making them. Welcome to our world.

  • azlibertarian March 27, 2020, 5:00 PM

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then that picture of the kid scowling at the camera while holding his BB-gun and seated on a Big Wheel is the picture of my childhood.

  • Terry March 27, 2020, 7:22 PM

    “Self-reliance” is the proper term. To become self-reliant one has to be in a situation where it is not possible or not safe to rely on someone else to assist you. It takes a mind set that is not normally easy to switch on. All TV must be gone from ones life. Short wave radio or AM radio can be useful. Absolutely no broadcast “news/propaganda” is allowed.

    Only very well vetted neighbors may be trusted. If neighbors watch TV, they are not to be trusted whatsoever.

    Off the power grid is preferable. You must be able to provide your own power. The gov can shut off grid power by pressing a mouse button from hundreds of miles away via the smart meter.

    Self-reliance means social distancing on steroids. My wife and I practiced self-reliance for eighteen years and grew closer and happier and secure in our ability to fend for ourselves in a severe weather area.

    Just do it.

  • jwm March 27, 2020, 8:01 PM

    @Terry “Only very well vetted neighbors may be trusted. If neighbors watch TV, they are not to be trusted whatsoever. ”

    I’ve haven’t had one in my home for a very long time. Haven’t been a regular watcher since high school back in the 60’s. I read a lot on line. Sometimes I trade notes across the local Next Door app. It is very difficult to communicate with TVheads. They are now stuck home feeding their brains with covid doom porn all day long. Many of them know for sure that Trump lies. Trump is both incompetent, and diabolically evil, and they’re sure he is causing all this chaos. The “experts” tell them so. They think that if they watch both ABCNBCCBS, and then tune in for a few minutes of msnbc, cnn and Fox that they are getting a good balance of liberal and conservative viewpoints.
    Crazy shit. You can’t get through to them.

  • Rob De Witt March 27, 2020, 9:16 PM


    Absolutely spot on. Television is for stupid people.

    I don’t care what you’re watching, it’s for stupid people. I don’t want to hear any more about “Yeah, but there’s some good stuff, too.” It’s crap, it’s always been crap, and you oughta know better.

  • Gnawbone Jack March 28, 2020, 2:15 AM

    JWM, I totally agree with you and Zappa on television and the sinister attributes of the media:
    “I am gross and perverted
    I’m obsessed ‘n deranged
    I have existed for years
    But very little has changed
    I’m the tool of the Government
    And industry too
    For I am destined to rule
    And regulate you”

  • Rick March 28, 2020, 6:48 AM

    We have some friends we see occasionally. He has been retired for 15 years. He gets up at 10 every morning, gets coffee and moves to the sofa and turns the TV on. He watches anything, all sports, the View, Chew, CNN, and MSNBC until 1 in the morning. He rarely leaves the house, and when we visit he still sits and watches the TV. His poor wife would like to travel and have fun but not him. I can’t imagine a drug that could ruin lives any more effectively.

  • ghostsniper March 28, 2020, 9:52 AM

    @ Rick, people like that would probably go bazeek if the power went off for 30 days.
    We have a 10 year old 42″ TV in the living room we watch at suppertime and 4 DVD players are connected to it – each has a TV series from the 50’s. Last night we watched Wyatt Earp. Tonight it will be Perry Mason. Tomorrow night I think it will be Gunsmoke and the next night it will be Have Gun, Will Travel. We have no satellite, just an antenna but back here in the hills of brown the reception is terrible at best. Just think of all the cool stuff that you can do when you are not shackled to a TV. I think you have to turn a high percentage of your brain off to endure mainstream TV, or didn’t have much in the first place.

  • H March 28, 2020, 11:38 AM

    Casey, that list is a damn good start.

    Let’s nuke ’em all from orbit; it’s the only way to be sure.