YOUR ONGOING ROUNDUP OF CORONAVIRUS-RELATED STUPIDITY
March 18, 2020
Belarus’s strongman rejects coronavirus risks. He suggests saunas and vodka. In Belarus, authoritarian leader President Alexander Lukashenko has famously scoffed at the coronavirus as a “frenzy and psychosis.” His views also come with advice for citizens who don’t share his coronavirus scorn: Hit the sauna, down some vodka and get back to work. —
Kentuckians get together to hold a ‘coronavirus party’ — with predictable results — Gov. Andy Beshear (D-KY) is announcing that at least one new coronavirus case is linked to a “coronavirus party” in which people gathered together to deliberately spread the disease amongst themselves.
It is unclear why, exactly, anyone would want to deliberately infect themselves at a “coronavirus party.” But regardless of the reason, it worked.
Americans Coping With the Coronavirus Are Clogging Toilets…Sewage systems and toilets are backing up as consumers clean their homes with disinfectant wipes and turn to paper towels, napkins and baby wipes to cope with the lack of toilet paper.
Virus “rebels” from France to Florida flout lockdown practices Young German adults hold “corona parties.” There are young people who cough at older people and shout “corona” for fun. A large crowd threatened to spit on officers who had planned to disperse them. France on Friday sent security forces into train stations to prevent people from traveling to their vacation homes. In Clichy-Sous-Bois, a Paris suburb, a person bit a police officer trying to enforce confinement rules.
Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper at emergency meeting says you can kill coronavirus by holding a blow dryer up to your nose after he saw it on “reliable source.” OANN, warns “there’s a lot of baloney out there on social media”
Hobby Lobby owner David Green is telling store managers to stay open despite the pandemic because his wife had a vision from God. He also warns they’ll all have to “tighten their belts” soon. His net worth is $6.4 billion—hourly employees don’t get paid sick leave.
Will spring breakers become super-spreaders? As Florida officials move to expel the hundreds of thousands of spring breakers who ignored calls for social distancing, public-health specialists are nervously wondering what will happen once the party’s over.
Spring breakers are a perfect storm for virus transmission: crowding many into one motel room and partying in crowded clubs. With many college campuses closed, public health officials fear that spring breakers will now spread the virus to home towns all across America.
Kansas official: Pandemic isn’t a problem here because there are few Chinese people …The chairman of the Riley County Commissioners, Republican Marvin Rodriguez, suggested this week that the global coronavirus pandemic is not a problem locally because unlike in Italy, there are not a lot of Chinese people living in central Kansas. I have a friend in the Navy, and he said in that area” of Northern Italy where that country’s first cases were reported, “there’s a garment industry and a lot of Chinese. If we were like Italy, we’d have it already.”
“Well, they say it came out of China,” he said, “and I’m not putting it past the Chinese government in communist China.” Meaning, to export a virus on purpose? “Normally, this kind of thing spreads slowly,” he answered, so “I put two and two together. I’ve been around a long time, girl.”
Heard at Spring Break: “If I get corona, I get corona….I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.” “Coronavirus is really messing up my spring break.” “This virus ain’t that serious.” “We’re trying to get drunk before everything closes.”
In Charlottesville, Virginia, the Blue Ridge Poison Center has issued an alert asking people not to — drink bleach. “There is a lot of confusing, incomplete, and inaccurate information circulating about to prevent coronavirus from spreading, including drinking bleach which is dangerous and could cause serious injury,” ABC6 reports. “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using diluted bleach solutions on frequently touched surfaces.”
A church in South Korea sprayed salt water inside the mouths of followers out of a false belief it would help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but by using the same spray bottle without disinfecting the nozzle, it resulted in 46 church-goers infected, authorities said.
A woman going by the name of “Ana Louise” has posted a “COVID Challenge” on Tik-Tok. The challenge consists of licking a toilet seat in an airplane restroom. Louise’s video on her Twitter channel has over 280,000 views, and her video that was shared by another Twitter page has more than 6 million. “I need Trump to retweet this,” she said, and she also claimed that she made $4,000 for “breaking the internet.”
Video images from the River of Grace Community Church in Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, show a church official sticking the nozzle of a spray bottle deep into the mouth of one follower after another, during a prayer gathering attended by some 100 followers on March 1 and March 8. Those infected include the pastor and his wife. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14rvNZWvGEY
He took himself seriously.
Motel rooms had lost their punch for him.
He opened all his bags.
There were two and inside those two, there were two more.
It's not an easy situation.
But there was something like abandon in the air.
There was something like the feeling of the idea of silk scarves in the air.
There was a kind of madness to it.
The kind we read about in magazines.
One of the bags contained a bottle of liquor.
A sure sign of thoughtfulness about who one might have been.
He poured himself a small drink in a fluted plastic glass sans ice.
He thought to himself,
"If I were from the big town, I would be calm and debonair.
The big town doesn't send its riffraff out."
He sat on the bed, both feet on the floor.
He studied the ashtray and tried to rule out preference.
Preferring over not preferring.
But he preferred gravity over one other state.
Preferring in that case Earth, the Earth as they say.
Preferring some state over non-state.