It looks like the local Romans are planning a little good Friday’s entertainment. Just make sure you wash your hands so you are innocent of that man’s blood if you go out during the coronavirus pandemic. See you on Sunday.
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Martial Law in All But Name
Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy of Goldman Sachs and the Democratic Party ordered state and county parks shut down. It can certainly be justified. People weren’t social distancing. Instead, the local bourgeoisie were bringing their huge families into the park and clogging the trails. I’ve been seeing vintage bicycles from the 1990s that have been locked in the basement since the Clinton Administration, and take it from me there’s nothing more terrifying than a gang of 40 year olds (and their kids) on bikes old enough to drink legally coming at you on the local hiking trail. The only people I really feel sorry for are the dogs, who won’t get their daily walks.
The problem is this should have been done weeks ago. We are headed for an inevitable declaration of martial law, but it’s going to come too late to do any good. Had Murphy closed down the trails when he issued the stay at home order, it might have done some good. Had he waited another week or two the novelty about taking the whole goddamned extended Irish/Italian Catholic upper-middle-class family into the park would have worn off and the locals would have settled into their couches with a six pack of beer and a Netflix subscription. Doing it the way Murphy did is the worst of both worlds. There’s plenty of traffic in New Jersey. Now the governor is sending those huge families, their old bikes, and their kids with their training wheels out onto the local highways.
Today, Murphy issued an executive order requiring a mask to enter the grocery stores. It won’t be enforced. Grocery clerks aren’t going to risk their lives arguing with entitled bourgeois toilet paper horders, and there aren’t enough cops (many of them are already sick with Coronavirus). What I’m beginning to notice in the local media is the phenomenon of the frog boiling in slowly heating water. Every day there are new executive orders that should have been issued last week. More and more of the locals are getting into the mindset where they feel its their civic duty to shame people violating what they define as “social distancing.” Like in the month following 9/11 we’re becoming a nation of snitches and conformists. A social order is emerging behind our backs that’s going to last for decades. No local politician will criticize any executive order mandating social distancing, the logic being that “the executive order might not do any good but it can’t do any harm.” Dick Cheney’s 1% doctrine has been made permanent.
In November, 2001, Suskind writes, Vice-President Dick Cheney announced that if there was “a one percent chance” that a threat was real “we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response.”
My guess is next month we’ll see troops in the streets. It would have made sense back in March. But people wouldn’t have been ready for it. They might have rebelled. In May, when all the cops are sick, calling up the National Guard won’t do anything to stop the spread of coronavirus, but it will help maintain social order. Two years from now, in the unlikely event of an American mass uprising, a red white and blue “yellow vests” movement, all it will take is for the corporate media to issue a few rumors that “coronavirus has returned” for the vast majority of the American people to cheer on the crackdown.My guess is that the only people who will rebel against the inevitable declaration of martial law will be the brain dead right, the gun nuts and the conspiracy mongers. We’re already seeing it. Conservative religious communities like the Orthodox Jews in Lakewood and the Evangelical Protestants at Liberty University are getting sick in disproportionate numbers, not only because they’re idiots (which of course they are) but because they have social hierarchies outside the mainstream, their own communities. Mainstream liberal Democrats, on the other hand, will simply go along with whatever the media tells them and convince themselves it’s their civic responsibility.
From my point of view, I’m treating this the way I treat a mass shooting or a terrorist attack. I believe nothing I hear in the media for at least a week, perhaps a month. Social distancing may in fact stop the spread of coronavirus. It may not. Unlike the seasonal flu, people who recover from the Coronavirus don’t seem to be developing any immunity. Considering the number of people who are testing positive, it will be impossible to segregate them from society permanently. My guess is that some people are going to die (maybe even me). Some people are going to live. What determines that is anybody’s guess, but Boris Johnson, while certainly an idiot, wasn’t totally wrong. Coronavirus is going to kill a lot of people. Wrecking society in a fruitless attempt to stop it isn’t going to help. So I actually wish all the right wingers planning to defy the lock down the best of luck. A lot of them are going to die, but then again so are a lot of my fellow secular liberals. Perhaps it’s better to think for yourself and be stupid than to obey orders and be smart.
Make Mini Blinds Great Again
A local store owner updates his Trump banner. So let’s keep the America of the Coronavirus lock down great. For me a really ominous sign is that while I see Trump displays everywhere and even a few Bernie displays, I have yet to see a single Biden 2020 sign, and this is in Union County, NJ, a stronghold of corporate, establishment Democrats.
Even though the hardest hit town in New Jersey so far has been Lakewood in Ocean County, a very religious community, the locals here in Union County seem to be calling on God to save them (because we know Trump won’t).
Personally I think it’s arrogance to assume that God will save us all from the plague. How do we know the plague hasn’t been sent by God to punish us all for our sins?
In any event, I suppose it’s never a bad time to post the 91st Psalm.
My Refuge and My Fortress
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
It’s a Bourgeois Town
I suppose that if they’re going to build condos on your favorite patch of woods it’s just as well a lot of classy rich people buy them. The train to New York is right up the block. The bus to New York is right down the street. But I doubt any of these people are going to take public transportation to their jobs at Goldman Sachs. I wonder if Joe Biden will offer to chauffeur them.
Capitalist Distress Signal
In reality, the McDonald’s Corporation is a real estate company and will do just fine. They make the same profits if their restaurants sell a million fries a day or one fry a day. The franchise owner, however, who still has to pay the same rents, and the fast food worker, who is putting himself in danger of coronavirus, will suffer. I’m not sure if McDonald’s offers health insurance. My guess is they offer it for full time workers, and then make sure that everybody has a part-time schedule. And not all McDonald’s employees are young.
Jesus Loves You Lady Macbeth
God is Closed Until Further Notice
Friedrich Nietzsche said that “God is dead.” I wonder if there’s an untranslatable German word for “God is not dead. He’s out hording toilet paper.”
Riding in the Hills
A dark dreary day.
A Biden Voter or a Trump Voter?
I’m guessing Biden but I’m not sure.