Tuesday, April 28, 2020

I just don't want to live in District 12

Who knew the Hunger Games would be non-fiction?  For the uninitiated, the Hunger Games is dystopian tale of a dark future when North America has been divided up into 12 districts and while they are all still governed by the elites, those elites have very little compassion for their fellow citizens from other Districts.

Fast forward to the great RE-OPENING of 2020. We have a Northeast coalition (NY, NJ, PA, CT, MA), we have the West Coast (OR, CA, WA), Western States (NV, TX, NM, OK), etc, etc. 

Each "district" is forming their own rules on re-opening - in the Northeast manufacturing and construction might re-open on 5/15 if social distancing can be enforced.  In Texas, bars and restaurants are opening on 5/15.  The rugged individualism that certain states value more than our collective health is going to lead to further calamity in the US down the road. 

Consider the case of China, where they have been open for business for about a month in Beijing.

1) Traffic is back to 60% of normal.
2) Public transportation is only about 30% of normal use.
3) Retail has no idea how to operate, some shops are open, some require curbside pick up, and many remain closed. 
4) All gyms and athletic facilities that were opened 2 weeks ago had to be closed this week over fears of the virus re-emerging.
5) Consumption is focused on bare minimums there has not been a return to normal.

So, this is the experience in a state with complete control of its citizens.  People follow the rules in China, for better or for worse.

In my limited adventures into the outside world during our lock down, I've seen a flagrant disregard for the "rules" at every turn in NYS which has been the hardest hit by the virus (at least that's the narrative, I'll write something about that later).

Maybe 65% of people wearing masks in NY (I asked for other reports from around the US - I was told 20% in Texas, 35% in Georgia), social distancing in a retail setting is non-existent, people are gathering in large numbers socially, etc.

As Americans we are captivated by scary things we can see and we like to disregard silent, real threats all around us.  A tornado rips through Texas so every thunderstorm in the Northeast causes fear of a tornado.  A terrorist on a scripted CBS show scares people into sending more tax dollars to Washington, while people eat and drink themselves to death slowly at Sonic and the Cheesecake Factory.  

My point is that you aren't going to see people get sick and drop dead like they did in the movie "Contagion", so there will be little initial fear in the streets after the re-opening.  This virus is still everywhere in the US and as we re-open we need to adhere to strict guidelines or else. 

Ask yourself, how likely is it that someone in Louisiana (where things are still closed through 5/15) will drive to Texas to get their hair or nails done?  How likely is it that when Myrtle Beach opens EVERY other license plate will be from NY? 

However, none of it may matter because the narrative has shifted - from a nation that once wanted to protect all of it's citizens equally - to a nation that wants to  protect the citizens of the Capitol first and let the other districts fight for survival. We will have clusters emerge across the US and 1,000 Americans a day will continue to die from COVID19 but the narrative will become "Karen got her haircut today, so GOD BLESS AMERICA".

The narrative will become much that much like other preventable forms of death - heart disease or lung cancer from smoking - that COVID19 is just part of life -- "Well, we lost some people but wasn't that steak at Texas Roadhouse spectacular?"

if you think the country should reopen meme

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Daily Dose of Humor:

via @portmanteauface
*listening to the theme song from Dexter on repeat as I make my breakfast* I wouldn't say any of this has changed me.

via @ghostkirsten
People i like:

1. Your dog.

via @jannakillhimnik
Todays parenting level -

IDGAF burn the house down

Cheers!

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