Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Disengage From The System

It was February of 2014 and I found myself without a job. Health issues had forced my departure from my last corporate employer and I was in pretty unfamiliar and very unsettling circumstances. From June of 1998 when I took my first financial services job answering phone calls in New Hampshire until February 2014 I had an unbroken string of jobs in financial services. From answering phones to managing clients to running bank branches, the employer name changed but the direct deposits kept coming in and got bigger each year.

Suddenly there were no more direct deposits. There was no money just showing up every two weeks.


The bills? They seemed to keep coming. Apparently they want the mortgage payment whether you are getting a direct deposited paycheck or not. The same with the electricity bill, the internet bill, the property tax bill. Oh and the kids apparently still wanted to eat.

So I needed to figure out how to get money to pay for that stuff and going back to sitting in a cubicle working some soul-crushing, meaningless job wasn't going to get it done. Long story short, we figured it out.

It looks a lot different from what I did before. Back in the corporate days my pay was the same whether I was drinking coffee, blogging and managing my fantasy baseball team all day or whether I was on the phone with clients and solving problems all day. Now I get paid based on how much I work and how smart I work. With the things that I do for money, I can work really hard and not make much or I can be really good at what I do, not work nearly as hard and get paid a lot more.

What I also realized is something I think we all already know. We made do on much less than I was earning before. Over the many years I worked in financial services and banking, I kept earning a higher salary, mainly by working for a few years and then taking that additional experience and going to a new company so instead of a 4-5% annual increase, I got a 10-20% bump. What was weird is that it never seemed like we had more money even though the dollar amount of the direct deposits into my bank statement kept going up.

Then something odd happened. The income coming in dropped drastically and we started to watch our spending a lot more closely but instead of being impoverished, our daily life pretty much stayed the same. The bills got paid, the kids got fed. Turns out we are pretty low maintenance people, thanks to decades of having more and more kids in the house. We don't take expensive vacations or really vacations at all. We don't have the most up to date smartphones, in fact we were one of the last families I know to get a smart phone and it was only recently that my wife and I both had one. We didn't eat out very often as I mostly made meals at home and taking eight kids out to eat is a nightmare. Even now that we do eat out more frequently, we mostly eat at places where the bill is less than $40 for my wife and I. We don't smoke and rarely drink. Like I said, we are low maintenance people.

You don't need to make as much money as you think you do, what you really need to do is figure out how to reduce the out-flows more than worry about the in-flow. As a sidenote, this is the problem in the government as well.

Long story not so short: I have survived leaving corporate America and you can too. Not only survived but have absolutely no desire to go back.

The next piece of the puzzle: The case of Justin Kucera.

Justin was a teacher and baseball coach at Walled Lake Western High School in Michigan. I said "was" because he was fired and the apparent reason he was fired?

Walled Lake teacher says he was fired after tweeting ‘Trump is our president’

A high school teacher and coach claims he was fired from Walled Lake Western High School after his recent tweet stirred up controversy. 

Justin Kucera, a baseball coach and social studies teacher at the Commerce Charter Township school was fired after posting a tweet that read “I’m done being silent. @realdonaldtrump is our president. Don’t @ me.” The Washington Beacon reported that Kucera was contacted by the human resources department on July 10 to meet with the principal and the district's superintendent.

Kucera told the Beacon he was given two options: be fired or resign.

Many, many teachers, even when I was in school, were and are pretty open about their liberal political positions. A teacher tweeting support for Obama during his administration would have received no backlash and certainly wouldn't have been fired. If they were, their union would back them up. That doesn't appear to be the case here.

Kucera has been made an example, a warning to other teachers. You can be conservative privately, at least for now, but you can't speak openly of your support for the duly elected President of the United States, even in a state he carried. This same pattern is true in many industries. It is without question that I couldn't have the social media presence I currently have if I were still in the corporate world. Even the stuff I used to post on my old blog would get me in trouble today because of my position of sexual degeneracy and gender roles.

That brings me to my main point.

In spite of the rhetoric you hear all day to the contrary, there really isn't a group in America that is in a worse position for the future than young White heterosexual men. The future is pretty grim for this group. While young White men built this country and are responsible for essentially everything that has made it the greatest nation on earth, that same group now finds itself reviled and blamed for every human ill. Looking just a few years down the road and it looks even worse.

Young White men will face barriers and discrimination in most categories of employment, especially in corporate office and government jobs. In dangerous, dirty, outdoor jobs they should be fine as the people clamoring for "equality" don't seem to mind letting White guys do the welding and plumbing. The same will be true for educational opportunities, even more than is true currently. In America today, a nation founded by and built by White men, a young White man who desires to go to a college or university, or worse who seeks to expand his education with a professional degree in medicine or law, must exceed by a wide margin "disadvantaged minority" students or he will lose his spot to someone less intelligent and less accomplished than he is, just so the school can have a higher percentage on the various metrics that measure "diversity". Having the best students is secondary to being able to pepper your website with pictures of mestizo guys and black women in hijabs.

Prospects for marriage and family aren't much better. Young White women are a damn mess. Compared to White girls when I was young, they are neurotic and angry all the time, most of them seem to have had a slew of sexual partners and very few of them seem like suitable wives.

So what should young White men be doing right now?

First and foremost, be realistic. The world your parents grew up in and that you can glimpse from old TV shows is gone. It won't be coming back anytime soon, not without a lot of bloodshed. Trying to follow the tried and true path of days gone by is foolish and futile.

Just as important: disengage from the system. Find ways to earn a living and have enough to raise a family without getting a W-2 at the end of the year. Or at least find a career in a field where political correctness hasn't turned it into a nightmare. Skilled trades are still the best bet along with self-employment in a field where you won't lose business for your political views.

If you get into some corporate B.S. job, you will get handcuffed by the benefits and regular paycheck. It is tempting to do that but it ends up muzzling you and placing you at the mercy of the harpies in H.R.

A young White guy is not in a position to work within the system because the system hates them and would just prefer they quietly die somewhere in a carbon neutral way. We do them a disservice by pushing them into the system where they will either be silenced to keep their job or end up a pariah and fired for speaking their mind.

Is that fair? Of course not but we are way past the point of what is fair or unfair. We are dealing with what is reality and what is fantasy.

Encourage the young White men in your circle of influence to sidestep the system, the corporate meat grinder that crushes their spirit and silences their voices. You can make a living without the 9-5 cubicle gig and what is more, it tends to be a far more satisfying life.

Bemoaning the present can be cathartic but what we really need is an eye for the future. Preparing young men for that future now will save them a lot of trouble in the future.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Another Good Month For Freedom

The initial reports are out and it looks like July was yet another banner month for firearms sales.

July becomes 5th straight month to set gun sales record; sales up 133% over July 2019

Demand is soaring and inventory levels are still under incredible pressure even for distributors. If you are in the market for a .22 pistol (not a Glock or Taurus) or a really super expensive 9mm, you are in luck. More standard 9mm handguns? Forget about it. Bolt action rifles in common hunting calibers are available, as are pump shotguns with limited capacity and 28" barrels but anything in the AR/AK world or in a tactical/home-defense shotgun are out of stock and have been for months.

Ammunition is still scarce and the prices keep climbing with no end in sight. Generally prices on ammoseek for 5.56mm hover right at or above $.50/round and .223 is actually worse. You can get right now on ammoseek steel case .223 for $.40/round from a couple of places but after that the steel (non-reloadable) .223 is over $.50/round. 9mm is $.45/round and goes up from there. .45 is a little cheaper but not by much and ironically the once more expensive 10mm is generally cheaper than .45. Go figure.

Day by day middle America is quietly arming up, stocking up on ammo and I assume preparing otherwise for the worst. It is a mobilization without the fanfare of World War II but the firepower at the individual level is incredible. What is more, the mental shift is palpable. Due to the nature of our business, I interact with gun buyers all the time and all of them are saying the same thing: things are getting hairy and they are preparing for what needs to be done.

The mental preparation is perhaps even more important than the gear or the material right now and as we get closer to the election, just 13 weeks away, you can feel the attitudes shifting.

While the Left prepares for a victory lap and then the pogroms to punish heritage Americans for our disobedience, those same heritage Americans are preparing for active resistance. Maybe only 10% stand up at first but that still translates to millions of heavily armed, angry Americans with nothing much to lose.

The Left Keeps Putting Their Cards On The Table

The pieces are already moving on the Left in anticipation of a massive electoral victory in a few months. In my prior post, Pre-Pogrom Planning, we looked at things like eliminating the filibuster so a simple majority in the Senate can start slamming through legislation. Barack Obama, in what was unseemly and gross even by his low standard, used the funeral of John Lewis to make a political speech where he demanded we grant statehood to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico while also calling for the end of the Senate filibuster, calling it a "Jim Crow relic". Democrats have long pushed for statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., knowing that both would be an automatic and permanent additional four Democrats in the Senate. In 2016 D.C. voted for Hilary Clinton by a whopping 86.8%, with Hilary receiving 90.9% of the vote to Trump's 4.1%. Third party and write-in candidates got over 5% of the vote. According to Wikipedia: "The District of Columbia has voted for the Democratic ticket in every election since voters were allowed to participate in 1964." Puerto Rico would be just as reliably leftist.

Without the filibuster, it is likely that statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico would become a reality, requiting a new flag with 52 stars, although it is just as likely that Congress would abolish the existing flag entirely as "racist" and replace it with a flag of the black power fist or something else equally asinine. The additional four Democrat Senators would give cover for swing state Democrats to publicly oppose the more loony legislation while still having enough votes to pass almost anything.

Meanwhile, just last week, Justice Crypt Thing aka Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced that her cancer had returned and she was undergoing chemotherapy. What was interesting was that she had waited four months to announce this. Ginsburg is 87 years old, an age when a normal person would have retired. The announcement that RBG was once again battling a serious illness raised the specter of her dying or having to leave the court, giving Trump the opportunity to nominate his third Supreme Court justice and more importantly shifting the Court to the right significantly. Replacing RBG with someone like Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative jurist with seven children, would be enormous.

Compounding the hysteria from the Left over the thought of RBG being replaced is the ghost of Merrick Garland's nomination. The liberal Garland was nominated in 2016 by Barack Obama to replace conservative legal giant Antonin Scalia but the Senate, controlled by Republicans, refused to give him a hearing, ostensibly because Obama was in his lame duck final year. Eventually Trump replaced Scalia with Gorsuch, maintaining the ideological balance. Democrats have been fuming about it ever since, which I get but this is politics and no one plays fair.

Should RBG finally run out of the blood of virgins and be unable to sustain her life, Trump would of course nominate someone immediately and the Left will go berserk. If you thought the Kavanaugh hearings were bad, you ain't seen nothing. I would fully expect actual violence from the Left to prevent the vacancy from being filled, and by that I mean armed protesters shooting their way into the Capitol. That is not an exaggeration.

The announcement that RBG was battling cancer yet again was carefully choreographed as was the Democrats response, threatening what I have been expecting them to do anyway: adding seats to the Supreme Court.

Democrats warn GOP: Don't fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 or we'll retaliate

The retaliation in question would be adding seats to the Supreme Court, which is technically legal. Hilary's VP nominee, Tim Kaine, a "moderate" was chosen to be the one delivering the message:

Kaine, the party's last vice presidential nominee and a lawmaker with a reputation as an institutionalist, said confirming a nominee of President Donald Trump this year could compel Democrats to consider adding seats to the high court.

"If they show that they're unwilling to respect precedent, rules and history, then they can't feign surprise when others talk about using a statutory option that we have that's fully constitutional in our availability," he said. "I don't want to do that. But if they act in such a way, they may push it to an inevitability. So they need to be careful about that."

That is the nice part, the "we are just being reasonable but if you replace RBG we can't be held responsible for what happens" rhetoric. It is also bullshit.

Just to be clear, this is the plan anyway. What Democrats are planning for next year when Biden (or more likely his VP) is in office is going to violate the Constitution in all sorts of ways, especially free speech, firearms ownership and due process. To smooth the way, the Democrats need a rock solid and predictable SCOTUS with enough votes to run roughshod over the conservative members.

Right now there are 9 Supreme Court justices and that fixed number has been the same since right after the Civil War. Having a fixed number means that each seat is critical and the balance has often been 5-4 with someone like Anthony Kennedy and now John Roberts serving as the swing vote. Add six or eight seats to the SCOTUS and pack them with far left activists alongside the existing leftist judges and the Left essentially creates an unaccountable court full of far left ideologues who can essentially write laws at will with no one to stop them. If the SCOTUS can make gay "marriage" the law of the land by fiat and create a "right" to abortion out of thin air, there is nothing the court can't do. A complete gun ban for all firearms? Constitutional. Banning political "hate speech"? Constitutional. Creating a separate and not even close to equal legal system for non-Whites? Constitutional.

Again, this is already the plan. The Democrats are just setting the stage to do it. From the same article:

In a sweeping statement of intent, the Democratic National Committee is poised to add language to the party's 2020 platform endorsing "structural court reforms to increase transparency and accountability."

The draft language, reviewed by NBC News and expected to be approved later this month, denounces Republicans as having "packed our federal courts with unqualified, partisan judges who consistently rule for corporations, the wealthy, and Republican interests" and for "blocking a Democratic president from appointing a justice to the Supreme Court."

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said she has been "talking with people who have different ideas about what we can do — including adding to the court, including having certain circuit court judges cycle in and other ideas" like term limits.

Term limiting circuit judges would start the process of getting rid of Trump's appointments who otherwise would serve for life. More...

Some progressive activists have been pressuring Democrats for months to expand the Supreme Court if they regain power, in retaliation for the GOP blockade of Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016. The push has been led by Demand Justice, a pressure group founded by Brian Fallon, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

"I think we have sufficient grounds to pursue structural reform just based on the events of 2016," Fallon said. "If Republicans compound that sin with an egregious violation of norms in a seat that was held by a liberal justice, I think that we will gain new allies very quickly."

Notice the religious language. Not holding hearings for Merrick Garland was a "sin" and replacing RBG with a conservative would be an even worse "sin" because it would threaten the unholy sacrament of abortion. This Fallon guy is not out here on a limb on his own, he used to work for Hillary and Chuck Schumer so he is clearly a vetted and approved mouthpiece. As is usually the case in today's "journalism", the really juicy bit is at the end where most people won't bother reading (emphasis in red mine)....

Hirono promised that there would be a "hue and cry" if Republicans were to move to fill a vacancy this year — and she suggested she's sympathetic to the progressive push to restructure the judiciary even if that doesn't happen.

"Regardless of whether they try to do it or not, there have already been discussions about what we can do with our courts to make them much more balanced in many ways," Hirono said. "Because the majority of the judges are white, male, young, with a particular orientation, ideological orientation."

Well we can't have too many White males on our courts, even though White men were responsible for creating this entire system in the first place. If you are a White guy, do you have any confidence at all that the legal and governmental systems in America will treat you fairly in the coming years? If you do, you are a fool.

Should Biden win, expect to see a push for massive changes to the courts before the end of next year. Your inalienable rights aren't going to be worth the paper they are printed on. The only "rights" you will have are what the leftist courts say they are and those "rights" will be subject to change at will. Free speech, due process, equality under the law, the right to keep and bear arms and self defense. Those are going to be gone in the blink of an eye.

Like I said, the timing of the announcement about RBG's cancer seemed odd to me. In fact, it seems to me that they are kind of hoping Trump gets to replace Ginsburg so they have a more obvious pretext to "fix" what he has done. If the polls continue to indicate Trump losing and if the Dems feel confident they can get sufficient fraudulent votes, I would not be surprised to see RBG resign before the election. Either Trump manages to replace her, a temporary victory that would be immediately overturned by a new, larger SCOTUS, or more likely enough Republican Senators refuse to confirm his nominee that the seat remains open until 2021, something that seems likely based on past history and statements by some of the squishier Republican Senators.

All of the pretense and subterfuge is gone. The Left is smelling a big win and they are laying their cards on the table.


Meanwhile our glorious America First leader Donald Trump is....tweeting about athletes kneeling during the National Anthem.


That certainly seems like a critical issue 13 weeks before the election.

I'll ask it again: Is Trump Trying To Throw The Election?


Stuff You Can't Make Up

Even as jaded as I am in 2020, stories like this keep startling me.

A 26 year old man named Jeramie Shorter was at a funeral for his son Jermier, an 8 year old boy who died after a five year fight against cancer. The man is burying his 8 year old son but that doesn't stop 24 year old Nuemonei Tre Vonne Laster from going to the funeral and shooting Jeramie Shorter, killing him.

Even if there was someone I felt was in need of killing, the idea of gunning him down at the funeral of his little boy is unimaginable. Apparently Mr. Laster thought this was a good place to shoot him, maybe because his guard would be down. Mr. Laster is also clearly a genius, because as he drove away from the scene of the murder he was spotted because the car he was driving didn't have license plates, something sure to attract the attention of police. He was later caught on foot after trying to throw the gun over a fence. Obviously Mr. Laster is a criminal mastermind.


The story was awful enough there but then as I read a little further, I came across some additional information. Keep in mind that the deceased, Jeramie Shorter, is 26 years old.

Jeremy Shorter was remembered by family and friends with a balloon release Sunday evening.

Jamie Delaney Shorter is Jeremy’s father and he said he will be strong for the 17 children his son left behind.

Doing the math here, assuming that the child he buried was number 18, and also assuming he only was fathering children as an adult which is unlikely, that would work out to 2.25 children fathered (presumably out of wedlock) every year of his adult life. Even if he started to impregnate girls at 16, that is still 1.8 kids per year and that 18 kids figure might be even higher, those are just the kids he knew about or claimed.

The state of the black community is an absolute train-wreck and the further we get from slavery and Jim Crow and all of the other excuses put forth, the worse it gets. It bears repeating that one of the surest guarantees of a life of poverty is having a child out of wedlock but here is Mr. Shorter spreading his genetic material all over Iowa. No word as to how many mothers are represented by the 18 children he fathered but it is safe to assume at least half a dozen and probably more.

For all of the endless yammering about "black lives matter", the truth is that the Marxist organizers behind bLM are openly seeking to destroy the traditional family and replace it with the state. Since many of the top voices in bLM are Marxists, homosexuals or both, this makes sense.

What the black community desperately needs is not "police reform", it is strong, intact black families. Without that we will end up with even higher rates of out of wedlock births, more poverty and even more violent crime. The very same movement that claims to care about "black lives" is actively seeking to undermine the one thing that could help stop the bloodshed in the black community.

Trying to preserve black lives while supporting an anti-family organization is like trying to extinguish a fire by spraying it with gasoline but pointing that out apparently makes me racist.



Monday, August 3, 2020

cOnSerVaTiVe

It is both depressing and incredibly freeing watching mainstream "conservative" outlets falling one after the other.


Apparently it is now "conservative" to pander to delusions and reinforce anti-police stereotypes. The reason they are angry is that they are being lied to about the police. If I was convinced that the cops were out to get me all the time no matter what I do, I would be angry too, at least until someone showed me that it wasn't true.

Sure there are cops that are "racist", White cops "racist" against blacks, black cops "racist" towards Whites, Asian cops "racist" toward mestizos. Cops are people and people are imperfect. As a whole there seems to be little actual evidence to support the claim that cops are especially "racist" toward blacks, but cops are especially focused on people who break the law. It is kind of their job. Break the law a lot, get tangled up with the cops a lot. That is why blacks have so many interactions with cops and Koreans don't.

What "conservatives" should be focused on are the issues that lead to cops and blacks interacting negatively so often. Writing those sorts of articles gets you labelled a "White supremacist" and dis-invited from the best cocktail parties. Pandering to the victim-hood pathology of blacks gets you noticed by the right sort of people.

"Conservatism" keeps losing because it is packed full of people like the author of this piece. That has made it all the easier to simply abandon "conservatism" as a failed political ideology like libertarianism.

When you adopt a dissident mindset, you start to see the political world for what it is and recognize your actual place in it and that opens up your mind to all sorts of possibilities. You should try it, you might like it.

Life Is Fatal

Death and taxes. Nothing else in life is as guaranteed. We all came into this world the same way and we are all going out the same way. As it says on the masthead of Zerohedge, on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

People are pretty fragile when you think about it. We are a bag of fluid and squishy parts held together by bones that can break and sealed in by a very thin layer of skin that is easily sliced or punctured. Getting stabbed by a knife, being shot even by a smaller caliber bullet, a sharp blow to the head, all can kill you. We are prone to diseases and our own body killing us with cancer. There are millions of tiny processes happening all the time to keep us alive, cells dying and being replaced, food being turned into energy. Our lungs have to breathe in fresh air and expel old air constantly or we die. Our heart has to beat over and over dozens of times per minute from the time we are in born, and if it stops for just a few minutes we die.The blood must be filtered or it gets toxic and we die. If we eat too little, we die. If we eat too much? We die.

That is before we even go outside.

Outside is dangerous. In many parts of the world the outside is full of stuff that can kill you, poisonous plants and reptiles, carnivorous animals, tornadoes, lightning, branches falling on your head. It can get too hot or it can get too cold. Generally it is rarely "just right". Ticks carrying Lyme disease, fire ants, rabid raccoons, bodies of water to drown in.

In spite of the danger, we still have to go outside to go to work or the grocery store or to shovel snow. Life is a series of calculated risks and all of our choices have some sort of downside. In 2018 alone, over 36,000 people died in automobile accidents. That is around 98 people every single day or four per hour. That is just auto accidents, around 170,000 people die from some sort of accident every year. We still drive our cars everywhere, even though it is very dangerous.

Why do we willingly do something that kills 36,000 people per year? Because it is a calculated risk. We could all be Amish and take a horse and buggy I suppose but that requires going a lot slower and lots of Amish spend lots of time in cars because it is just impractical to take a horse everywhere. Anyway, Amish get killed on the road all the time or get kicked in the chest by their horse and die.

Most of us are not going to walk everywhere because it is just too time consuming, so we hop in the car to go almost any place we need to go. We buckle up most of the time, are relatively careful as we drive, our cars are designed with seatbelts and airbags and a frame to protect us in case of a crash. Even with all of that, we drive too fast and aggressively, we look at our phones even though it is illegal in much of the country, we eat while we drive or fiddle with the radio. As a result, 36 thousand people die in car crashes every year.

It is a trade-off for modern life. Hundreds of millions of us get where we need to go and 36,000 of us at some point each year never make it to their destination. We understand it and accept it, even though we don't often talk about it.

To be human means to take risks.

That brings me to our current health crisis: the Chinese coronavirus.

As summer winds down, it is fast approaching back to school time and of course this is causing all sorts of angst. The hysteria is on overload because schools mean children and as we all know, I believe the children are our future....


Yep, it is always all about the children and not at all about the teachers not wanting to go back to class while collecting their normal salary and getting a year closer to retirement.

It is without much dispute that the coronavirus is a serious illness but it is also without credible dispute that it's level of seriousness varies widely based on a number of factors.

Someone who is older, or has significant pre-existing health issues or is older and obese should certainly be concerned about Covid-19 and should take reasonable precautions. Like I said, life is full of risks but you can mitigate those risks by wearing a seat belt, not kicking rattlesnakes and staying out of Detroit.

Schools?

Schools are full of kids ages 5 to 18 years old who are not really in much danger from coronavirus as a whole. More on that in a moment. There are also teachers, administrators, staff and police in "diverse" school districts. For the most part they are under 60 years of age and mostly not in the high risk categories either.

What about their grandparents, can't they catch the 'rona from school kids? As far as I can tell, there are few or more likely no documented cases of school aged kids transmitting coronavirus to someone older and as mentioned previously, older and at risk people should take sensible precautions like proper masks worn properly, social distancing, washing their hands, etc.

There was an interesting Twitter exchange over the weekend. Alex Berenson, a guy I follow, replied to a comment from a Becky Quick, a CNBC TV host who was arguing that we shouldn't reopen schools.


A one in one million chance of dying isn't the same as zero chance of dying but it is pretty close. Your kid has a much higher chance of dying at school from a bunch of other causes than coronavirus. They also are at a much higher risk of being molested or assaulted by a teacher or another student than they are of dying of coronavirus but no one wants to close schools for that.

Becky wasn't going to stand for that so she retorted something that was very informative....


I see, so we should consider not sending kids back to school because Becky's daughter has a condition that puts her in a higher risk category. Alex responded...


It degenerated a bit from there but his point is valid. If Becky's daughter really does have some sort of mitigating condition that makes her more susceptible to the coronavirus, she might have to figure something out and I would hope the school would accommodate her. I am going on a limb and assuming her daughter isn't at a public school anyway.

Do we need to take reasonable precautions? Of course, that is just sensible, and it is why schools have smoke detectors and sprinklers and the doors open outward. But should schools be shut down because a handful of kids might be at higher risk of the Chinese coronavirus? Absolutely not.

This also isn't a single question where there is no downside to not sending students back to school. Few people ask: What are the consequences of not sending kids back to school?

Increased isolation for an already overly isolated population of school aged kids. Losing months of classroom instruction that can't be made up. Increased stress on students and parents. Interruptions of extra-curricular activities. Lost sports seasons.

Those costs are hard to quantify but they are real.

Life is a risky proposition that is going to end in death. Just getting out of bed carries some risks and everything you do beyond that just adds to the risk level. Going outside, getting in a car, eating, swimming, riding a bike, working at your job. Nothing is without risk.

What we have always done is weigh the risks and find ways to mitigate the worst of them. What we haven't done is shut down an entire nation and resorted to cowering in our homes.

There has never been a generation of kids who needs to get out of the house and back into public more than this generation but a small number of people are frightening a lot of us into staying locked behind closed doors.

If kids go back to school, will many of them get the coronavirus? Almost certainly. Will at least a few die as a result of being infected? Probably. Does that mean that millions of school kids should be locked at home until a vaccine is found? Absolutely not.

Life is risky and that is what makes it interesting.



Saturday, August 1, 2020

Welcome To August 2020

Today is the first day of August 2020 and if we know anything about 2020 we know it has been a slowly moving shitshow that has gotten worse every month.

As of August 1st we are slightly over three months until the election, with just 95 days remaining.

As awful as this year has been, it is about to get worse.

Buckle up and welcome to Thunderdome.