Day 2 of the book move is now behind me. There are sixteen boxes of books at the new place; I probably have four or fewer left to pack at the old place, not counting the stuff I don’t shelve that also needs to move.
There’s a digital billboard near my old apartment; I drive by it getting to my new apartment and it flashes a series of advertisements.
Two of those advertisements are related to COVID-19. One beseeches the Baldwin Whitehall school district to make masks optional for children attending school; the other says, “Masks don’t work. Stop getting tested. Parental rights matter. [Somebody’s name I don’t remember] is the real pandemic.” Yes, the school masking battle is indeed here.
I shouldn’t be surprised, of course. But it all has me thinking perhaps the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) folks should abandon their search in favor of one for “stupid life;” I bet it’d be more fruitful.
Marisa Fernandez, “As hospitals fill, more ambulances forced to wait,” Axios, August 27, 2021, https://www.axios.com/local-ems-covid-surge-wait-times-611657fc-8ddf-4b32-a6dc-c7f2eb799487.html
Hailey Branson-Potts, “Mortuaries fill, hospitals clog in rural California towns with low vaccination rates,“ Los Angeles Times, August 28, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-08-28/la-me-rural-california-covid-surge-vaccinations-lag
Angela Couloumbis, “Pa.’s legislative leaders wield extraordinary power, and the election audit fight proves it,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 27, 2021, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-s-legislative-leaders-wield-extraordinary-power-and-the-election-audit-fight-proves-it/
I’m a bit late to this article and it’s a long read, but it’s incredibly important. Matt Cohen pulls together a lot stuff about the militia movement, confirming many of my suspicions that I wasn’t really treating as mere suspicions anymore because I had convinced myself of them.
Matt Cohen, “Armed Picnics and Snipers at Family Dollar: Life in a Town With a Government-Approved Militia,” Mother Jones, August 26, 2021, https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/08/virginia-militia-bedford-campbell-county/
- Ivana Saric, “The fight over mask mandates in schools turns violent,” Axios, August 23, 2021, https://www.axios.com/mask-school-mandate-violence-covid-3abff916-242d-4db5-87f7-b4314dc57c3d.html↩
- Matt Cohen, “Armed Picnics and Snipers at Family Dollar: Life in a Town With a Government-Approved Militia,” Mother Jones, August 26, 2021, https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/08/virginia-militia-bedford-campbell-county/↩