A paraphrase of Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy is that bureaucrats will ALWAYS go to far.
We started with "two weeks of restricted events." Tough, but bearable, and a good idea. I supported this. ┬áIt was a personal bite to me on my part time gig--a show was shut down literally as I arrived to load in. Okay.┬á Let's do this.┬á Then a bigger one had to postpone because they're 1 day into the existing timeframe, no exceptions, no "let's see if that's enough by next week."
Then the states got into a "We're more quarantine than you!" war.
Blah, blah, the CDC.┬á Per them, no woman of child bearing years should EVER even look at a bottle of liquor, no two people should ever kiss without a doctor's exam first, and we should all live in plastic bubbles.┬á There's hypothetical perfection, and then there's reality, which has kids playing in mud and licking slides others have slid down.
Instead, we have schools closed, possibly for the year.┬á Gyms closed. All public events shut down. No, wait, maybe no more than TEN people at a time is better.┬á No sports.┬á No spring break. No parks!
So what are all these out of school kids supposed to do?┬á Who stays home to watch them if (we're lucky, most aren't) people can't work from home?
Now the goddamned pediatricians are saying well, we can't give your kids their immunizations because of disease. We'll have to "Reschedule."┬á Are you TRYING to give the anti-vaxxtards ammo?┬á Because THIS is how you give the anti-vaxxtards ammo.
The OB-GYN said they can only see single patients without their infants along, figure it out somehow.
Um...why are senior citizens going to pediatricians and OB-GYNs? If they're not, then why not advise the elderly that you're going to be out in public, so Grandma shouldn't visit this month. If you live in an area where it's been an issue.
"This bug kills old people!" Yes, and others at risk. Like me. Who should stay home.
"But people will die!"┬á Jesus, that sounds like Liz "Psychogawea" Warren.
This is literally creating the End of Western Civilization As We Know It over a fucking bug.
"But people will die!"
Then they fucking die.┬á There's a cost benefit analysis here.┬á After enough lost revenue, wages, activities, people stop giving a shit.┬á If they die, they die. Most of them are urbanites anyway, smug in their myth of "efficiency."┬á They can fucking die efficiently, and be efficiently processed into dump trucks.┬á You may have heard this motto if you hang around rural folk for a bit:┬á Five million fewer urbanites is five million fewer urbanites.
And again, those of us who are susceptible should be minimizing contact anyway.┬á You cannot develop herd immunity for the rest by not having herds. We'll come back to that.
Some shithead on Medium (so called because it is neither rare nor well done) lamented we may "never" beat...an upper respiratory infection.┬á Like the 10 million strains of URIs we already have, many of which are... (CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC!)--coronavirii, of different strains. This one is already mutating into subcultures.┬á Which still have more "culture" than your typical city.
And guess what?
Everyone is going to the fucking store. In herds.
BTW, around here, the pussification of yuppies meant they'd cleared out the lowfat and no fat and soy "milk," but left the real whole milk. Please don't tell them that diluting it 50% with water will create their preferred tasteless, nutritionless white drink.
Then, restaurants are still doing delivery...which means the same Uber driver stop at 5 restaurants and 5 houses 3 times a night, along with 12 other Uber drivers, and a hundred random pickups.┬á This is like avoiding VD by skipping the fetish club and only going to singles bars. It's a fuck-all security theater move.┬á We call this "Wetting your pants in a dark suit."┬á It gives you a warm feeling, but nobody notices, and then you realize you're the one suffering.
It is time to mobilize to beat this.┬á Call your mayor, call your governor, call your president, tell them to stop being a huge pussy, to go fuck themselves, and then get on with the real world.
Oh, and Trump? Yeah, if you could stop being a massive faggot, that would be just great.┬á Tell the CDC to STFU, Americans have a world to run.