She doth protest too much

I was bringing a passenger to the Comfort Inn on Banksville Road in Pittsburgh when we saw the flashing lights of police cars.

As we drew nearer, we could see there were several police cars and then that several Pittsburgh police officers had detained an older white woman. They were all wearing face masks. She wasn’t.

I can only speculate that the latter part of that was the cause of the confrontation. She was clearly indignant, perhaps even belligerent. On at least four occasions while I was watching, she attempted to walk away. Once, I saw the cops assume a formation to block her in. Each other time, a cop would grab her by the arm, each time, more forcefully.

I last saw her being put into the back of a police car, without handcuffs, and I had another order to get to, so I didn’t stay to watch the outcome.

Now, I suppose I am supposed to believe that people who resist wearing face masks are truly convinced of their righteousness, that they truly believe they are asserting constitutional rights.

I don’t believe it. Like that old restaurant on Market Street that advertised “the best breakfast in San Francisco” (and I was reliably assured it most certainly did not), if you really are superlative, you don’t need to assert it. And I think the anger and self-righteousness of those claiming a first amendment right to spread the novel coronavirus, to spread a too-often fatal COVID-19, similarly indicates a lack of certainty on the part of those who are most vociferous in their claims.

That older woman protests too much. And so do a few other people.

Just leaving all this here

My disgust is complete.

Higher Education

Michelle Hackman and Melissa Korn, “ICE Says Newly Enrolling International Students Can’t Come to U.S. if Classes Fully Online,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2020,

Gig economy

Marc Santia, “Lyft Driver Says He Was Attacked, Then Arrested After Refusing Rider Without Mask,” WNBC, July 24, 2020,

Joshua Emerson Smith, “A COVID-19 death renews questions of Uber and Lyft’s responsibility to drivers,” San Diego Union-Tribune, July 24, 2020,

Elon Musk

So you all remember Elon Musk, the guy who resisted closing a Tesla factory in Fremont for the COVID-19 lockdown, opened it before he should, was in denial about COVID-19 a la Donald Trump, and donated the wrong kind of ventilators to treat the disease?[1] And, oh yeah.[2]

I guess it’s just a little past way beyond amazing that anyone thinks Musk is a great man:

The afterthought:

I don’t know where Tesla gets its lithium. But something’s certainly rotten in Bolivia.[3] And there just ain’t no excuse for Musk.

  1. [1]Steve Hanley, “Tesla Cuts Jobs In Nevada, Sends Ventilators To New York,” Clean Technica, March 29, 2020,; Tim Higgins, “Elon Musk’s Defiance in the Time of Coronavirus,” Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2020,; Kathryn Krawczyk, “’Ventilators’ donated by Elon Musk can’t be used on coronavirus patients, health officials say,” Week, April 2, 2020,; Jack Morse, “Ventilator manufacturers aren’t impressed by Elon Musk’s offer,” Mashable, March 21, 2020,; Kari Paul, “Elon Musk rails against ‘fascist’ shelter-in-place orders in Tesla earnings call,” Guardian, April 29, 2020,; Zachary Shahan, “Elon Musk: Should Have 1000 Ventilators Next Week, + 250,000 N95 Masks For Hospitals Tomorrow,” CleanTechnica, March 21, 2020,
  2. [2]David Benfell, “Elon Musk, groan, again,” Not Housebroken, April 4, 2020,
  3. [3]Marjorie Cohn, “US Is Again Complicit in an Illegal Coup, This Time in Bolivia,” Truthout, November 27, 2019,; John Curiel and Jack R. Williams, “Bolivia dismissed its October elections as fraudulent. Our research found no reason to suspect fraud,” Washington Post, February 27, 2020,