Well, this week the lockdown has ended, but one's ability to do what you need to do remains regulated. We have continued to work at home at casa weka, which means we have a new member of the family -- Sophie, a cat who was Scruffy's mate, has now decided that the office is her home, and to get anything done you need to remove her from the premises.
Well, what has been happening since last time?
The Woodpile report
We're just circling the drain. We ain't seen nothin' yet. Those ingénues who believe troops are being positioned to "ensure food security" will be among the first to discover otherwise. Get away, and stay away from crowds. It's the indispensable first step.
The Woodpile Report
As I have said many times, there is a reason I left Auckland, and if I returned I could barely afford an apartment. Kea would hate that, and it is not compatible with an antifragile life. Is not going to happen. You've got to get those inputs down, because everything is going to get harder to obtain.
What good is your government check if 90% of the stores are shut down, 50% of the items you want to buy are considered “non-essential”and restricted, and the items you are allowed to buy are skyrocketing in price? The common American is being set up for a shock they are not prepared for when they realize that government checks (Universal Basic Income) are barely going to keep them alive, let alone grant them months of paid leisure. I think the awareness of this will hit the general public in around 60 days.
To reiterate, the supply chain breakdown will go mainstream in a couple months. The stores are sparse right now; they are stretching inventory to fill gaps in shelves and limiting purchases on a long list of items to one per customer, but they aren't in crisis mode yet. With the biggest producers of meat products shutting down as well as farms having trouble hiring workers to process produce and other goods, there is no doubt food shortages are going to become a problem that the mainstream will no longer be able to ignore.
The lockdowns caused an initial drop in some prices due to closed restaurants and oversupply, but this is soon to end as supply is about to be destroyed because of lack of production. Economic collapse rarely if ever leads to advantages for consumers; this is a fallacy from the depression era which for some reason is still perpetuated by uneducated economists today.
The name for this type of event is a “stagflationary crisis” and it is something I have been warning about for years. It means price inflation in necessities while deflation occurs in wages, many assets and some commodities. The oil market is an indicator of these mechanics in action. As oil plunges, the public gets cheap gasoline, but the price collapse also represents a collapse in global energy demand, and thus a collapse in production. A collapse in production leads to less supply, and thus higher prices, and the cycle continues until everything breaks and the populace is reduced to one of two choices – poverty or self sufficiency.
We are not, repeat not, self sufficient, and when it comes to coffee we will never be self sufficient: or any thing else subtropical. But we live on and island, in a provincial region, out of town but close enough to commute by bicycle if needed, and grow what we can. This did not happen by chance.
Your security will be your family, church and neighborhood. Concentrate on them, stay away from crowds, and avoid protests.
Satire of the week
This is from Mundabor, and proves that the Greens have as much humour as the Cheka, and the same moral compass. It is so hard to do satire nowdays
Inspired by this prediction I immediately posted on the Greta Thunberg site the following “robust” and “necessary” steps needed to Save-Our-Species:
1. Suspend democracy across the planet and appoint a world-wide ‘Climate Crisis Council’ of scientists, climate experts and population control specialists to manage Mother Earth
2. Immediate electricity rationing across the planet.
3. The immediate ban on all air travel, vehicles and transportation systems using fossil fuels.
4. Immediate introduction of aggressively enforced population control policies (‘1-child-per-family’) including mandatory sterilization
5. Immediate ban on capitalism
6. Immediate introduction of socialism and communism with the forced distribution of wealth, food, water and other resources
7. Instant ban on the advertising, marketing and sales of all consumer goods
8. Immediate ban on all meat consumption with mandatory adoption of vegetarian/vegan food consumption practices
9. Aggressively enforced mandatory euthanasia for those aged 75 and above with large financial incentives for voluntary euthanasia between 55 and 74.
10. Aggressively enforced euthanasia for all age groups deemed by experts to have incurable physical and mental disabilities
11. Immediate adoption of Swedish behavioral scientists Magnus Söderlund’s suggestion that we need to “overcome our taboo against cannibalism” by eating our own deceased to reduce carbon emissions.
12. Ban all religions with the arrest and lengthy imprisonment of any religious leaders and their followers who oppose steps 1-11.
I was truly stunned by the positive comments, ‘likes’ and overall favourable reactions my absurd suggestions received.
As Adam notes, you have been warned (Yes, Adam is still putting links up about once a week).
Ace of Spades takes a religious view of this, including the Karens of enforcement.
I really didn’t expect an upstart religion to go from zero to Sharia in just two months, but here we are. How’s everyone enjoying the mandatory religious codes under our new state religion that just showed up from Wuhan?
Social distancing went from “keep a safe distance” to “remain behind closed doors at all times” in about the same time that Fat Tuesday gives way to Lent. And this sure is feeling like Lent in that you must sacrifice pleasures to be an obedient adherent. But unlike Christianity’s Lenten season, where there is no police force nor elected official commanding you to be properly observant, our new state religion will not tolerate anyone being deficiently pious.
There are many parallels that can be drawn between the required Covid observances and traditional religious practices, but the two that stand out the most are Masks and Shutter-At-Home.
Masks = Veils. Don’t misunderstand, if I’m in a fairly crowded store I’ll wear a mask (at least for now) to assure frightened co-shoppers that I’m not going to spread germs on them. And if I were on a plane or in a nursing home, I would certainly wear one just in case I’m an asymptomatic carrier. But the zealotry over masking is long past any health or safety concern. It’s become a public showing of obedience to the rules handed down by our ruling clerisy. A person riding his bike, alone, without wearing a mask is at risk of a public shaming from way too many Americans right now. He is not posing a risk to anyone, but neither is he publicly displaying obedience to the faith. And that will not be tolerated these days.
Shutter At Home = Observing The Sabbath. The high priests of our new religion are ordering police to arrest lone surfers, or dads playing catch with their kids at a park, or couples launching a canoe, etc. Their motivation has nothing to do with preventing the spread of disease. Zero. It is about regulating unapproved pleasure-seeking during a time when piety behind closed doors has been decreed mandatory. If you’re not miserable and pent up behind locked doors, you are a sinner.
And then there are the Church Ladies of our new state religion - the whole Karen meme is about these suddenly empowered secular Church Ladies who live for moments like this. Normally their only joy in life is scolding people for simple sins such as not using canvas grocery bags or perhaps driving a large SUV. Now these humorless vigilantes feel they are deputized to enforce the observance of the shutter-at-home sabbath. A sabbath that goes on day after day, week after week, without any end in sight. Karen could not be happier.
Ace of Spades
COVID for fun and profit
This is from Australia. New Zealand is contracting with Singapore for an app. Yeah, right.
I find it amazing that people think it “helps” to download the governments “virus spying app”. Perhaps it is a real life demonstration of Stockholm syndrome where the captives think that they will garner some favour by being nice to their oppressors.
Having destroyed the economy, put thousands out of work, had businesses throw in the towel and fomented the next depression the government now want to make our “release” from captivity conditional on allowing some intrusive technology to keep an eye on us and tell the authorities if we have been “naughty”.
Talking to people about this today while having a coffee, (after walking the dog at the beach), quite a few of them thought that it was their “civic duty” to “help out” so we could all be “free” again. Someone used the line that it should be OK “if you had nothing to hide”. The inference is that if you don’t comply you could be a criminal just as the Covid hysteria promoted everyone was “diseased” and needed to be isolated from one another.
There is also the line from young tech billionaires, whom fate has kissed on the knob, that we all download apps and give away our personal data now so it should not be anything to worry about. That is so, but there are some of us who manage to get through the day without constantly checking facebook to see who has just had a shit and can still use a phone for just talking to people. If someone is stupid enough to drop their electronic pants and bend over then they deserve the pain that follows. They should not expect others to be as dumb. The idea that anyone can “trust” the government is just laughable.
And if you can't make an app, you can make stuff up, because your job depends on keeping either Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, or whomever multimillionaire owns a blog (I mean newspaper) pays you. You can be sure that the peasantry despise you.
His Most Illustrious, Noble, August, Benevolent, and Legendary Celestial Majesty, the God-Emperor of Mankind, Donaldus Triumphus Magnus Astra, the First of His Name, may the Lord bless him and preserve him, had a rough week with his rambling comments about "injecting" disinfectant into anything. While it's pretty clear that he wasn't being stupid or silly, the lying whorenalists and presstitutes of the never-to-be-sufficiently-cursed (((media))) absolutely crucified him for it.
Never mind that when one of their own, none other than the wife of Fredo Cuomo herself, actually does something FAR DUMBER, the presstitutes keep quiet. And never mind that the RUSSIANS are better at supplying anything resembling even halfway honest journalism these days.
Just don't follow the advise of that elite moronette, Ms Cuomo.
It is not as if our governments have faith. This is Italy.
The good news is that the Country has decided to avoid outright economic suicide. Therefore, most factories will reopen and a lot of productive activities will operate; but, really, this is all.
An oppressive, freedom-negating regime, that has been gladly accepted for a temporary emergency, is now becoming like that guest that does not take the hint that it is time to go away, and with the head of the family without the guts to tell him that it is the time to go. Prime Minister Conte has decided that churches will remain closed. Funerals with up to 15 people in attendance are allows, but churches must remain closed, even if social distancing is respected. Who is the idiot that finds a logic in that?
The answer is simple and depressing at the same time: the “experts” on one side – who have, now, clearly seized power, and have to interest in faith – but, much more, the cowardly politicians who do not dare to go against them. It is a vicious circle: the “expert” does the only thing he can do (because, frankly, he has tunnel vision, and it’s not his job to tell the Government what risks are necessary) and the political power simply feels obliged to follow the lead, both in order to avoid being considered “genocidal” by those who hate Capitalism and because it’s easier, in difficult times, not to take responsibility.
“It’s not me, it’s them!”, say politicians from Boris Johnson down to Italy. It truly makes you despair for Democracy.
The education implosion
I have been involved in the education system somehow since I was four, when I started kindergarten. Both my parents are retired because recredentialling now takes too much effort. I did not realize that I would end up doing something similar for a living -- which is one reason this blog is anonymous. Between getting my qualifications, post qualification certification, post graduate degrees and my work I think I have been involved in some form of schooling for over five decades. Only two decades to catch up with Mum and Dad.
During that time education has been corrupted. The best example is the reading list from my final year in high school for English:
- A Clockwork Orange. Anthony Burgess
- Dubliners, James Joyce
- Lear, Shakespeare
- The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot
We had some restoration comedy and Pope in addition. These were sufficient for me to pass an advanced placement exam, but my backup plan of teaching such was not needed. Just as well. I would have had Foucault and Derrida shoved down my throat, given what was happening then. But we were educated, not credentialed. This no longer happens.
Finally, we get to the crux of the words meaningful educationFinally, we get to the crux of the words meaningful education, where a meaningful education is defined as one where a student is properly indoctrinated with introduced to ideas, philosophies, and perspectives that may diverge from those of their families and faith tradition. Without daily rebuttal’s to the traditional values of their parents, the students’ education is not meaningful.
This position makes a lot of assumptions, chief among them as presented in the article is that all homeschoolers are white conservative Christians. Ms. Bartholet is so determined to stick it to “those people” that she completely ignores the growing contingent of secular and minority homeschool families, including religious minorities.
At the risk of offending, I have to wonder how anyone can observe the increasing ignorance and banality surrounding us and conclude that mass government education definitively provides a meaningful education, including any real understanding of democracy or what it means to tolerate others’ viewpoints.
The irony is palpable in this denunciation of homeschooling, and the timing of this article and the upcoming anti-homeschool conference (itinerary here) couldn’t be worse.
Go and read the comments. Unlike some of Elspeth's stuff, that is easily found.
One of the things that has happened with the lockdown -- now with home delivery fast food and coffee -- is that we have to change. We can no longer make the same choices. Kea and I are rethinking a lot of what we are doing, and we have had to learn patience having the extended family stay with us for a minimum of seven weeks. We would have preferred to visit than have live with us, but it was needed, and those choices change us. Elspeth, thinking of Scott's comments, notes
>My husband often tells our children that in life there are no do-overs. We can mitigate the fruit of bad choices by making wiser, prayerful, more disciplined choices going forward. We can even experience joy and peace down the road, but we’ll never know how much more joy and peace we might have enjoyed had we done the right thing from the beginning.
Our children knew better because unlike our fathers, their father has explained to them from an early age that we are always going to be governed by something and someone. If not parents, then employers. If not employers, then the law. If not righteousness, then sin, and we’re often being governed by multiple if not all of these every day of our lives. Only a fool thinks she will ever be able to whatever she wants, however she wants without accountability or consequences. Whether the consequences are immediate and temporal or delayed until eternity, apart from the grace found in Christ, unfettered “freedom” is a dead-end street.
We have had five weeks in lockdown. With extra people at home. Keeping the house clean and tidy -- not perfect -- has been hours a day, and now that we are home tutoring and distance working it is a considerable effort.
I was shown the last power bill: holy hell. The savings in avoiding the coffee shops went there.
The reality is that a house that is being lived in all day is much harder to keep neat than one where the children are absent for 7 hours of the day. This is doubly true when you’re homeschooling, which literally every family in America has been doing for six weeks straight. It’s just another one of those things where the perception held by the uninformed sound good because they’re usually preaching to people who are equally uninformed.
Elspeth, Reading between the life
That's all, folks
I'm told that the latest UMR report is leaked -- and our doofus socialists have 55% support in the middle of the lockdown with propaganda how we need to be a team of five million and eradicate the virus. But the election is in September, and heaven knows what will happen by then. The temptation is to despair, vicevice, or wrath.
We must not conform to the agenda of this time. Enough. Enough. This season will end.