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The Slow Suffocation of California

This is the new tiered system just announced by @GavinNewsom to provide California counties with guidance re: re-opening.

Counties must remain in each tier for a minimum of 21 days before being eligible to move into the next tier.

There appears to be no one of intelligence or goodwill left in charge in that once great state. 1 to 3.9 “cases” per 100,000 to reach the utopia of “some” businesses opening. Some!

My dear readers, what is the false positive rate for coronadoom testing? Yes. In the range of 1 to 3.9 per 100,000. Not only that, look at the bottom category, which requires 1 in 100,000 for only “most” businesses to reopen with “modifications”.

Do the brilliant minds—they tell us of their genius constantly—in California universities and government not know that COVID will never go away? That there will always be positives showing up on tests forever, not only the fake positives, but real ones, too?

And this is just testing! I.e. “cases”. Not deaths, or even, the good Lord help us, illnesses! Positive tests! My mind has actually boggled.

California will never reopen if these guidelines are adhered to. I mean never as in never.

This Newsom has reached a very special level of evil stupidity thought by scientists to be impossible. Personally, since I do not live there and the idiocy is causing many people I loathe (hello, Hollywood!) great pain, the longer it lasts the funnier it becomes, in a dark sort of way.

The only real worry is that often Californian madness spreads like a cancer. Our rulers, none too bright, too often play follow the leader. They believe this excuses their mistakes.

There are other forms of incompetence, like NYC’s Bill de Blasio, who openly seeks to cause pain. He thinks only the “rich” go out to eat, and he has never forgiven the “rich” in the city for not voting for him. So he says he’ll begin think about reopening “next year.” Alas, de Blasio has not been a victim of the increased number of shootings in the city.

RTWT: Coronavirus Update XXIX: How Many Really Died? When Will Panic End? – William M. Briggs

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  • ghostsniper September 4, 2020, 12:09 PM

    Guess what you get when retarded and/or criminal citizens hire retarded and/or criminal politicians?
    That thing’s written as if for kindergartners, by kindergartners, innit?

  • jwm September 4, 2020, 12:44 PM

    I noticed that barber shops are open again. I went to one this morning. One gal cutting hair. One customer in the chair. The door was open, so I stepped in. “You have to wear a mask while you wait.” She started explaining the rules, “Only the customer in the chair is allowed to show his face. If “they” come in and see you there I could get fined…”
    Now I truly felt bad for this young woman. I know how brutal this lockdown shit has been for barbers and stylists. It isn’t their fault. I sat out front for a few minutes, and spent some serious brain time deciding. What is the right thing to do? This poor gal is just trying to get by. She didn’t create this mess. If I walk, her business suffers just one more small loss. I thought about saying, “Your call, ma’am. Do you want to sell a haircut or enforce the mask rule?” And I asked myself, “Do you want stand on your principles, and keep looking shaggy, and unkempt, or give in a little to help keep this small business open, and look good in the bargain?” Forcing the gal to choose would be rubbing salt in an already serious wound. I though hard about it.
    And quietly walked off.



  • jwm September 4, 2020, 12:50 PM

    One further note:
    William Briggs site is one of the best things on the internet. Scroll down for his 8/27 post on the effectiveness of face diapers.


  • Gordon Scott September 4, 2020, 2:27 PM

    Today there were three separate opinion pieces on the Star Tribune website about Wuflu restrictions. One criticized Iowa’s governor gal for never locking down, and letting the universities open. They’re all dying, in Iowa!

    Another went after South Dakota’s governor Kristi Noem for similar things. Now you know they’re all dying in South Dakota because there’s lots of Native Americans with diabetes, and Sturgis happened, you know.

    Both of these quoted obscure stats to prove their point. But I looked at Worldometer for the “deaths per one million” number. It’s the least manipulatable and most useful for comparisons. Whaddaya know? Iowa’s number is near identical to Minnesota, whose governor has been dictator for six months running, and has not hesitated to shut down stuff.

    South Dakota’s number is significantly lower than Minnesota.

    Now Kristi Noem is very easy on the eyes, and smart as only a successful rancher can be. I think the Democrats look at their bench and see Peetie the Gay Mayor. They look at the Republican bench and see Ted Cruz, Candace Owens, and Kristi Noem.

    But Noem has made it perfectly clear she does not want to go to Washington. She likes her horses and her ranch just fine. But still, she’s scary to them.

  • Vanderleun September 4, 2020, 2:57 PM

    His face diaper post is right on the money. Saving it for a future item .

  • Kevin in PA September 4, 2020, 3:03 PM

    You had everything and you killed it. From the Moonbat Brown family, to the Grey Davis, Shwartzeneger….just killed.

    What a pity.

  • Elmo September 4, 2020, 3:57 PM

    I’m in a county just south of Gerard. Population, 100,000. Total Wuhantavirus cases, 450. Current hospitalizations, 1. Deaths, 5, all of whom were around 80 years old, the last 3 of which were in care facilities. Yet this county is in the next to highest risk category. A morbidity rate of 0.005% morbidity rate puts you at substantial risk, according to Governor Goodhair and his creepy sidekick Dr. Mark Ghaly, both of whom haven’t missed a paycheck.

  • ghostsniper September 4, 2020, 5:37 PM

    John sed: “..shaggy, and unkempt…”
    There’s more important stuff to stay distracted by/focused on.
    Unkempt is my sop.
    “And quietly walked off.”
    Nothing wrong with that.
    Principles. They matter.

  • mmack September 5, 2020, 6:25 AM

    Gerard or anyone else,

    Does anyone know if John Lithgow is on Twitter or Instagram? I ask because the Idiot Democratic mayor (yet I repeat myself) of Capital City in Flatlandia, USA has magnanimously deigned to allow bars to reopen at 25% capacity for indoor seating, but no dancing or singing you miserable peasants or our Health Department will go “Footloose” on the establishment and close you down.

    These are not serious people. And I want Mr. Lithgow to do a You Tube or Tik Tok video to explain that Footloose is a move and Rev. Shaw Moore is a character in it, not an example to use for guidance in governance. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Tom in CA September 5, 2020, 12:52 PM

    I live in Contra Costa County. We are still in “Widespread” color. If fall approaching and cooler nights and rain, they will succeed in wiping out every restaurant and salon. For the flu.

  • Tom in CA September 5, 2020, 12:53 PM

    I live in Contra Costa County. We are still in “Widespread” color. With fall approaching and cooler nights and rain, they will succeed in wiping out every restaurant and salon. For the flu.

  • paul September 5, 2020, 2:12 PM

    I went to the feed-store today for guess what? Feed! Five bags of sheep & goat for the last emu. That’ll last to about mid-November.

    One last bird. She not friendly enough to pet but she knows who feeds her. I have cats with the same attitude. She’s 27 so I don’t buy a lot of feed at a time because (a) if she croaks, what do I do with the extra feed and (b) it gets weevils if sitting too long (though that’s not a problem when it gets cold).

    NO ONE had a face diaper. Not even around their neck. It felt normal. While paying, I joked with the cute girl at the counter…. “OMG, you don’t have a mask and we all gonna die!”. She started laughing. The Owner started laughing. “Yeah, we don’t do that stupid stuff here.”
    Would that WalMart and HEB had as much sense.

  • Dirk September 6, 2020, 8:52 AM

    If a set of Levi’s won’t stop a fart from stinking,,,,,,,, how the hell is a silly mask going to work?