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It’s Probably Nothing 3

First this item from daily life in Hong Kong:

Coronavirus: Hong Kong Shows Symptoms of a Failed State Grocery runs in Asia’s financial powerhouse have begun to remind me of shopping in Russia in the chaotic summer of 1998. You grab what you can find, and if there is a queue, you consider joining it. Surgical masks and sanitizer gel are bartered for; detergent shelves are bare. A run on toilet paper last week, after an online rumor, was reminiscent of Venezuela.

Crowds are irrational everywhere, and social media hardly helps. Yet the palpable anxiety in coronavirus-hit Hong Kong these days suggests worrying levels of distrust in a city where citizens have always expected private enterprise at least, if not the state, to keep things ticking over. Both have failed miserably, preparing inadequately even after the SARS outbreak that killed almost 300 people in the city in 2003.

Hong Kong is not, at least for now, as grim as parts of mainland China, where the outbreak of novel coronavirus has people building barricades, or being followed around by drones. This isn’t Wuhan. Yet after 26 confirmed cases and one death, the semi-autonomous territory of more than 7 million people is in lockdown, with schools, universities and museums closed. A $360 billion economy, torn apart by months of anti-government protests, is in tatters. Masks are in such short supply that some clinics have closed, and queues snake daily outside pharmacies.

Second: A document from Wuhan:

And bringing up the rear…

Two arrested after armed gang makes run for toilet rolls in HK$1,600 heist as coronavirus panic shows no signs of easing

Three masked men stole 600 rolls in about 50 packets from a delivery man outside a Wellcome store in Mong Kok, at around 6am on Monday. Police said one of the men was armed with two knives.

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  • Mizz E February 17, 2020, 5:38 PM

    “As a consequence of technological advances, the old prophets of catastrophes are giving way to the witnesses of catastrophes that were already predicted.” 
    – Nicolás Gómez Dávila

    “The Process Failed”: US Breaks Cruise Ship Quarantine, Flies 13 Infected Americans To Omaha Facility | Zerohedge


  • Nori February 17, 2020, 6:27 PM

    That document from Wuhan Police Dept reads like it was written by the box wine cat people who make up the rules on Twitter. Or the DNC.
    This is what they expect from us,proper obeisance.
    With bloody fingerprints.

  • Snakepit Kansas February 18, 2020, 4:32 AM

    I’ve been to Hong Kong a couple times. Flying in you will see many large matrix of apartment buildings 30-40+ stories high. Then more and more of them. Tall buildings everywhere indicating logically that more than half of the population of HK has to be above ground level at all times. Even at that, the streets and everything ground level are very busy with people. As long as you are there, you cannot get away from it. Tight proximity of people and a contagious virus. Yikes.

  • Nori February 18, 2020, 2:18 PM

    Kinda convenient for Beijing,this virus,in regards to Hong Kong. Perfect excuse to disappear those annoying protesters.
    Hey Snakepit,OT,but I invoked one of your memorable characters recently.
    Took my 89 yr old Mom to a new Dr,and as I’m filling out pages of forms,there,on the last page is The Question:Do you have guns in your house?
    My first reaction was LOLGF. Then I recalled something you said awhile back.
    I put an asterisk and an arrow pointing to the margin:
    I keep a 9-dick
    dinosaur in the
    garage 4 protection

    I gave the young lady at the desk a big smile as I handed her the clipboard.
    Thank you for the inspiration. I’ll return your dinosaur soon as the swat team leaves.

  • Snakepit Kansas February 19, 2020, 4:30 AM

    Thanks for giving me a smile to start my day!