Reading Recommendations: In Which Captain Save-A-You-Know-What Surrenders His Commission

“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” Thus spake Samuel Johnson, and he was correct. (Note to the reader: a fortnight is two weeks, or fourteen days, from the Old English.) Many of my friends expect the Boogaloo to come in a few fortnights. I don’t really believe in the Boogaloo, but I think there’s something therapeutic about it. Like religion, prison, and true love, the Boogaloo offers a drastic reduction of possibilities. It’s easier to worry about fields of fire from your second-story windows than to wonder what kind of a man you’ll be in society when you’re in the bread line with everyone else, and you’ve started having to pull your own teeth for lack of dental care. We all know in our hearts that a Great Depression, or even a Not-So-Great Recession, leads to years of quiet, grinding desperation. Far better to imagine that the future holds a series of running gun battles with depersonalized Others who will be morally inferior to us but also, one hopes, much less practiced in the manual of arms for the AR-15 (USA) or Marlin 1894 (Canada) or Maringer Vorpal (here in non-firearms-owning Riverside Green, where we study the blade).

You get the idea. It’s easier and more pleasurable to imagine violent action than lengthy misery. Yet here we are, with our focused minds. For me, this focusing has led to an odd… flattening of empathy.

I got a message yesterday from a long-cherished ex-girlfriend who works in the service industry. When things are good, as they were in her case for a long time, her life was a delightful refuge from anything beyond the present moment. I’ve written about it in the past, using various pseudo-fiction covers: the weapons-grade seductiveness you get from that churning vortex of delight and drama and sex and intimacy among young-ish people who don’t really feel the pressure of futurity or posterity the way I always have. She and her friends floated hammock-like in this bizarre web of sponging and debt where someone had always just come into an extra $150 and was therefore buying the drinks with the expectation that their drinks would be bought at another time. Many of them had children, and the children simply didn’t really matter in the way that the children of an Updike or Roth novel don’t really matter; they’re just observers of the bright-size-life being led by their parents.

For that reason and a few others, your rather parenting-obsessed author let this person go a long time ago — but I’ll still catch up with her from time to time, mostly out of guilt. She’s in trouble at the moment. The bars, restaurants, hair salons, and strip clubs are all shutting down. To use the old parable, winter has come suddenly for the grasshoppers who, if they didn’t quite believe in the eternal summer, at least expected the first frost to come in the murky and unconsidered distant future of late middle age.

She didn’t ask for my help. She never asks for my help. She waits for me to force it upon her, as I once did on a remarkably frequent basis before the winter of 2014-2015. That way she gets to imagine that she is doing me a favor by taking the money, the same way that I imagine I’m doing her a favor when I am in fact enabling her perpetual irresponsibility. I thought about just sending her a few bucks to fill the pantry. In normal circumstances I’d just do it without a second thought. This time, however, I paused. What… what if you give her the cash you’d need to buy your son medicine in three months? What if the ZeroHedge crowd is right and there’s some massive economic leveling coming which will put us all just short of the bread lines together? What would you do in 2022 to get back the money you’re giving this woman right now? So my metaphorical wallet stayed in my electronic pocket.

This COVID-19 business, and the economic aftershocks to follow, will make many of us reconsider a lot of our unconscious priorities. It brings into razor-sharp relief the difference between people who are “like family” and people who truly are family. You immediately understand why most Third World societies don’t really contain the concepts of “lying to strangers” or genuine altruism. With that said, I think you’ll see some interesting social effects in the medium to long term: the frankly demonic “gig economy” will, I hope, receive much less adulation from the media and the investor class than it does right now. We might start thinking about the knock-on effects of having so many people on the edge of financial destruction. It hasn’t escaped my notice that the #Blessed and their cherished court jesters such as your humble author are “working from home” while the Amazon delivery people and the Burger King employees are “working without a net” at the moment.

Perhaps this is a much-needed reset. We probably couldn’t have accommodated too much more separation between the fortunes of the rich and the poor without a spontaneous Boogaloo of some sort. We’ve grown far too callously accustomed to the idea that some people are just born to be produce pickers or Uber drivers while others are just born to live in McMansions and drive Teslas and fly private. That comfort with the discomfort of others needed some examination. We will get it now — good and hard.

In consideration of this much-desired change to come, I’m going to suggest to all my readers that you take some time to consider the humanity of those around you. Try to spend a few moments thinking about their lives. What’s changed for them. What will continue to change. Then ask yourself what can be done about that in the future. I’m not talking about the rich-jerk slacktivism where you vote for Bernie in the primary and then spend all week being serviced by gig-economy people who are effectively invisible to you even as you feast mightily on the fruits of your trust fund or your market position or your C-suite good fortune. I’m suggesting instead that you meet your neighbors, learn about the people with whom you interact on a daily basis, try to increase your understanding of situations beyond your own. Get to know them as people and not stereotypes. In some cases this will quite justly increase your empathy; in others, it will quite justly flatten it. Either way, you’ll be working with better information.

I think Andreas of Up In The Valley promotes that understanding much better than most; this is not the first and will not be the last time I recommend him. You could also find a cheap used copy of Nickel And Dimed, if you like. Whatever lessons there are to be had from this crisis, let’s learn them together. Let’s bring our manufacturing back home. Let’s take care of the people around us instead of knowingly displacing them for political and social-engineering ends. I never again want to be in a position where I feel that helping a friend might endanger my own ability to be a proper steward of my own family. Let’s work towards a society where we are in that position less often than we are right now. Thanks, as always, for reading. This is your Captain, signing off.

37 Replies to “Reading Recommendations: In Which Captain Save-A-You-Know-What Surrenders His Commission”

  1. AvatarJames

    Everybody working from home means no one is driving, which means no one is crashing his car. The insurance companies are happy–Hagerty will be fine–but the auto body shops are in trouble.

    • AvatarBottomdweller

      Not everyone is working from home. I drive trucks for a living and my crew still starts at five a.m.
      There is no talk of shutting down. The line haul guys bring our trailers overnight and we strip them and deliver the stuff. Auto parts, ( rush rush rush) pulp mill and sawmill and smelter parts, every ‘thing’ you can think of. And the nice young folks at McDonald’s are still making coffee for us.
      If the trucks stop, then the fit has really hit the shan.

  2. Avatar-Nate

    Good food for thought .

    Sadly too may will never stop and talk to neighbors and strangers .

    I rather enjoy it as I’m always meeting interesting people and learning new things .

    It also often flattens my empathy out rather quickly but living at ground zero tends to do that .


  3. AvatarRyan

    “Find five people within 100 miles whom you trust with your life, and stay in contact with them.”

    Recent events have shown that regardless of what you think about John Titor, everyone should heed his recommendations.

    While we have no idea what the future holds, I can take solace in the fact that at least I have a small group of friends that fall into this category. I sincerely hope that all of you here are fortunate to have a similar network.

    Best of luck out there everyone.

  4. AvatarJeff Zekas

    Thanks, Jack, for the words of wisdom. What *I* have learned: there are 150 vital drugs that are made in China, and they should be made here in the U.S. instead. Hopefully, after this is over, the President and congress will issue a directive to *only* buy American manufactured drugs for the military and public hospitals.

    • AvatarJohn C.

      It was not so long ago that drug importation was spun as a work around for those gouging drug companies selling the drugs that they had in development for years at a price that reflects that. They were claiming that the drugs would be from Canada but nobody will be shocked it was really China and India.

      Similarly after the stock market rout of 08-09, the SEC/ Elizabeth Warren was going to get serious about the short sellers/program traders moving the S+P around 10 percent a day. Nothing changed as evidenced by the last few weeks.

      Remember also by 2008 people decided that Bush/Clinton had gone to far in selling out the American worker with trade deals and putting management before worker. A guy who sure didn’t look like what came before promised hope and change and state after state switched their vote from Bush to Obama. Only to find that Obama personally hated them and couldn’t wait till they died. Remember he first took any notice of opiates when Prince died.

      Nothing is going to change, Soros’ agenda is our agenda.

    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      I just saw an interview with Peter Navarro, Pres. Trump’s advisor on trade and manufacturing, and he said they’re in the final stages of getting a Buy American executive order ready for the president’s signature. That would force the ~$50 billion the federal government (through DoD, the VA, and HHS) spends on drugs to go to American produced goods with American made raw materials.

  5. Avatarstingray65

    I see the fairly small death tolls consisting almost entirely older and sicker people, and the number infected who largely appear to recover in 2 weeks, and all I see is a normal flu season that for some reason the world has decided to shut down large parts of economy to slow down its progress. Would the media and Leftist political establishment be whipping up this type of hysteria over the flu if Obama was in charge? They certainly didn’t with the swine flu in 2009 that seems to have inflicted a far higher death and infection toll than the current corona virus.

    Perhaps some good will come of it in terms of bringing some key industry manufacturing back from China, but in the meantime a lot of “little” people are getting economically hurt for no real reason as industry after industry slows down or stops and they lose wages that will never be made up. The CDC demonstrates why huge bureaucracies are totally ineffective at doing anything but slowing responses to crises, which it sure makes me happy that all our “public servants” such as teachers will be spared any pain for unpaid layoffs or terminations, as their paychecks and pension contributions will continue uninterrupted. I can’t help but wonder if simply encouraging people to wash their hands frequently, and to self-quarantine if sick or elderly wouldn’t have achieved 98% of the same results at 2% of the cost to the economy, but I guess such a rational response wouldn’t sell newspapers, protect CDC budgets, or help the flailing Democrat efforts to remove Orange Man Bad.

    In the meantime, I hear Charmin and Clorox are hiring.

    • AvatarPaul M.

      It is not a normal flu season. Stop. Big difference: There is a vaccine for flu. Mostly older Americans get the vaccine for flu or they will be in danger similar to with this new virus. Young people can survive both regular flu and this new virus if they don’t take the vaccine. So your percentages must take into account the fact that there is no vaccine for older Americans for the new virus which will make the percentages go much higher as it penetrates the larger population.

      Calling a virus that is now world wide something that is just there to make newspapers sell or leftist is not being real.

      • AvatarJustPassinThru

        It is Normalcy Bias, and the natural instinct to deny or minimize terrible news, all rolled together.

        But what it leads to is disastrous behavior. It’s not unlike the First-Class passengers on the Titanic, refusing to come out for lifeboat muster, instead, taking a moment to make a snowball off the ice on the deck, and going back to their cabins or the bar, where it was warm.

        • Avatardejal

          A few weeks ago, my nephew in his late 20s told my sister “It only affects old people”. My sister said “I’m old people.

          I just sent her and him a Link to a twitter post showing someone driving around a parking lot playing the siren from the movie “The Purge”.

          He said “That’s not funny. It could cause a panic”. He’s grown as a person.

          Also, he’s a new guy at Northrup by Dulles and has been there about 6 months. I’ll be he’s wondering if they’ll keep the “New Guys”. He and his girlfriend (her with an MBA) have/had the world by the balls. Now, they aren’t so sure.

      • AvatarEric H

        This guy completely misses the point of the draconian overreaction.
        The reason they’re so intent on “flattening the curve” is there is a limited amount of medical assistance available at any moment. The rate of hospitalization is much higher than the rate of death, and only so many doctors/beds/ventilators are available. Without the proper care for those who need it the death rate will be much higher.
        If the models are correct (and they’re probably pretty good as they’re made with all available data) and you end up with 9 million sick at the same time you’ll end up with a million dead, mostly waiting for care that isn’t coming.
        I have zero fear of this thing. My family and I are not in any high risk group, but there are may who are.
        I’ll take the simple precautions to help others not die.

        • AvatarScottS

          And this has no impact in the health care system? If we can handle the typical flu at this level why can we not deal with COVID 19?

          “By way of comparison, the toll from the flu in the United States since October ran as follows: between 36 to 51 million infections, between 370 thousand to 670 thousand flu hospitalizations, and between 22 thousand to 55 thousand flu deaths”

    • Avatardelow241

      I am right there with you stingray. This over blown panic/hysteria is just too much when you consider the virus is not much more severe than the yearly flu. The smart thing to do would have been to not destroy the whole economy and instead protect the older demographic who would be most effected by having them social distance as well as putting controls on places like rest homes that seem to be vulnerable. Definitely tanking the economy seems to be an extreme step that was definitely not warranted.

  6. AvatarJustPassinThru

    A lot of people are going to be hurt terribly, in this…and probably not in the expected ways. I had planned for the Hard Reset. I have gold coins. I saw something funny was happening in the stock markets, and took much of my profits, six weeks ago. Many years ago I had a lead on surped-out MREs, and bought several cases – about 60 days’ worth.

    I have firearms and non-ATF weaponry, and some camping gear. I had some bug-out plans, which now have gone to crap – partly because the bug-out locations are worse than where I’m at. Okay, that can happen./

    What I do not have, is youth; a deep social network; or access to any sort of medical care outside of the VA or charity networks.

    I moved to this Montana hamlet to take a job – the last one, as it turned out. Injured; put on early retirement. Now, alone, in a pleasant place I’m loathe to leave.

    Sheltering in Place is easy for me – food and finances and no visitor traffic. And I’m used to amusing myself, although the fact that it’s mandatory, makes the urge to go out and SEE PEOPLE so much more pressing. But I can contain it. I’m better off than most.

    Until I get the virus, if I do – and I may; just three weeks I had business in Portland. A week the exact area I was in, erupted with cases.

    So. High risk, health and age. No one to see me to a hospital. No medical treatment to mitigate the horrible experience of viral pneumonia. Just the waiting, while the world goes to schitt…wondering if the end is going to come from marauders…many newcomers to this urban pocket in the mountains, are from California…whether they’ll see my stash and bust down the door, or whether I choke to death on my own phlem alone. Even, whether what’s left can be sent to those I’d like it to – instead of being pilfered and the remains locked in Probate.

    This is the worst of “The Stand” and “Earth Abides.”

    • Avatarhank chinaski

      Bozeman? I wouldn’t worry about the Cali transplants unless your MREs are fair trade vegan.
      Meanwhile, in Philly:

      Zman had a decent piece today about what we may end up with on the other side, vis a vis 9/11. I fear our leaders will not let this crisis ‘go to waste’.

      There are some very ill people right now in their 40s through 60, and a few20-30 as well. The teen death rate is now not zero. KungFlu is not strictly a Boomer Remover.

      Some wiseguy transposed the infection map with the 2016 electoral (by county) map. No surprises.

      Trillions have already been printed for the banks. All we’ll get is a few paltry Yang/Trump bucks.

      • AvatarJustPassinThru

        Yeah, there’s schadenfreude in seeing the smart-mouthed younger ones get as sick or sicker – just a little later. It speaks of how morally bankrupt we’ve become, now that #BoomerRemover is a Thing.

        I’m in the Missoula area, and with the koledge kidlets sent home, the population is reasonably well-behaved. For how long, I can’t say. Six years I’ve been here, and even in that short time the area’s changed – from charming pedestrian bridges over the railroad yard, to pedestrian bridges smeared with gang graffiti and with the elevators padlocked.

        Seems the foo-foo academics who are so much of the community, are SO put off that we didn’t have a real underclass. A brand-new, purpose-built homeless shelter changed that, as well as a policy of ignoring vagrancy laws. So the kolledge stupidents can Virtue Signal by cleaning trash out from their favorite winter campground – a mile-long low bridge over the Clark Fork, and with Walmart just a few feet away.

        We’ve been heading for social anarchy a long, long time. Now we are joined in fiscal anarchy – Wiemar-style money-printing – and what comes of that is complete anarchy; collapse.

    • Avatardejal

      My nephew, early 20s visited his GF on spring break in Barcelona, she WAS a student there. He came home a week before it hit the fan. Stupid to go, but not much different than US at that time. Temple University closed down, he’s home. Didn’t affect my sister. The GF takes the last flight out of Barcelona last Friday. Her parents ask if he wants to go to JFK with them to pick her up? Not really, but SURE!!!!!. 2+ hours in a car. His brother just got laid off in Philly working for a head hunter agency (40 people). He’s coming home also. My sister doesn’t want him to look for a job because of this.

      Even if you pass muster in the next week or so, and thing Whew, I dodged that, you could get it getting a tank of gas from the handle. You could be tested right now and be found clean. You could get it 5 minutes after the test. Treat everyone like they have it and they know it and are being dinks about it. Run your life like you are a carrier and you don’t want people to catch it from you.

      Paranoia may keep you alive.

      BTW, if I was Mommy or Daddy of some of those Florida Spring Breakers, they’d be on their own. No coming home, no money, no nothing.

  7. Avatararbuckle

    We’ll either be out of this by the end of May or it’s the end of the world.
    I’m “work from home” right now but it is hard to get much work done with so much uncertainty about the future.

  8. Avatardumas

    For some reason, the Marlin 1894 was never very popular up in Canada, nor the 336 for deer-hunters. The Winchester 94 had more success- they may have had a better local distributor. No gunshow in Canada is complete without tables full of post 64 Winchester lever actions, Cooey .22lrs, and beat on sporterized Enfields. Having said that, it’s important to note that whatever weapons WWIII is fought with, WWIV will be fought in Canada with the SKS (perhaps even unpinned).

    The shutdown of church services worries me, because a lot of people forge strong bonds there, and it’s harder to tell who needs help when you don’t see them every week-end. A lot of the charitable organization that is run out of local churches is being suspended as well, or is slowed as they try to figure out how working from home can mesh with supporting people. Fundraising is definitely slammed right now. I am hopeful we can figure out how to get past this, but there is going to be a period of adjustment which will impact a lot of needy people.

    • Avatardejal

      My preacher called me this morning. I told him I was expecting his call. No services. He said he’d call next week on what the status was. I told him to save some time with me. Call me when it’s ok to come back.

      There’s a web site. I’ll check that.

      A regional grocery store chain (Stop and Shop) starting tomorrow will open the stores from 6 to 7:30 AM just for people 60+. I plan on taking advantage of that. The stuff might not be there, but it will keep my age group and up further away from other people. Also the possibility that stuff might be there when the doors first open.
      I don’t need a lot. Box of waffles, loaf of bread. Some sandwich meat. Bag of potatoes. Box of crackers. Cheese. Rice Cakes. Soup if they have it.

      I don’t need TP this week or for a couple. If they do have some, I’ll buy some. SOME. Not 40 rolls. Call me a hoarder and a kulak on that one. I’m against the hand of government saying you can’t. But when it comes to hoarding, put a bullet into them.

      “It’s just the law of supply and demand”. Yeah, and then it turns into the law of the jungle.

      As I type this, I’m coughing. Must be something I ate.

      • AvatarJustPassinThru

        Don’t take this as personal criticism.

        But, I’ve learned, over the years (I’m 62 and have been in some semi-crises before) that continual preparation is key to dealing with what life throws at you.

        Toilet paper, for example. I buy it once a year – an institution-sized package at Wally World. An unfashionable brand, which is good enough.

        I bought some two months ago. I’m fine – I’ll be the last person to run out, barring dysentery.

        Food. I have those MREs. Bought them when they were cheap, almost a decade ago. Just had a couple, as I self-isolate. They’re as good now as when they were packaged…which is not exactly finger-lickin’ good. They’re survival food.

        This morning, I see that Salt Lake City had a major earthquake. I’m waiting for aftershocks – I’m over the Yellowstone Caldera, and we’ve had earthquakes before. This morning I stocked my bugout van – six gallons of tap water, some MREs, my folding cot and some clothes. In case an aftershock knocks down my apartment building…if I live, I can just amble out to the van, and drive off into the virus cloud.

        Some level of preparation is just about essential. Depends on what you can afford – it may be as simple as having a thousand in cash in the cookie jar, or as complex as what I’ve done.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Oh, it’s common in Ohio as well. My local shop used to sell 1,000 rounds of East German Steelcase/Steelcore for $99.95. Milled arsenal Chinese SKSes were $99.99. Handpicks were $129.99. Russian Tulas were $209.

  9. AvatarKevin Jaeger

    It’s very hard to predict the economic consequences of an event like this, but one prediction I will make is that the ruling classes will ensure that they emerge from this still as the ruling class. No expense from the treasury will be spared to bail out the traditional donor classes and however many TARP-like programs are required for the essential hedge fund positions to be exited will done on a bipartisan basis.

    But the financial damage to the rest if this drags on for long will certainly be catastrophic. I don’t see how that ends up with any kind of economic leveling – quite the opposite. It will just hasten a Brazil-like situation if things don’t go full Weimar.

    In any case I certainly don’t see any boogaloo being triggered by a pandemic. Death and financial misery, perhaps.

  10. AvatarDirty Dingus McGee

    I had to take a couple flights today. In nearly 40 years of flying out of Hartsfield airport (Atlanta), I have NEVER seen it as deserted as it was at 10am. Not even in the middle of the night returning from Europe several times. I took a taxi from the airport in San Diego to my hotel and the Russian driver told me I was his ONLY fare from the airport today. Yesterday the traffic in Atlanta was unbelievably light. A trip of 75 miles thru the center of the city that usually takes 120+ minutes, took just over 65 minutes. Many hotels are dropping their breakfast bar (going with prepackaged pastries instead), even Waffle House was going to carry out only. Waffle House that doesn’t close for a cat 5 hurricane. Christ on a pogo stick.
    Most folks, Boomer, Millennial, Gen X even the Greatest Generation, do not have the finances available to handle a long time downturn. Many never learned how to live on less, and always figured that the good times would keep on rolling.
    Well, they just rolled away and there is gonna be a long stretch before they roll back. I suspect that there will be some killing going on for staples in the near, and not too distant, future. Hell, over the past weekend there were 2 guys cutting each other with busted wine bottles over a case or two of water at a nearby Wally World ( or similar, I can’t recall exactly)
    Keeps up like this, it will surely be “root hog, or die”.

    • AvatarJustPassinThru

      This is the Hard Reset (Jack’s phrasing, first saw it here) that I, and others, have been expecting for a long, long time. We have moved from an economy based on production and resultant wealth (“wealth” being any benefit to come from constructing, or growing, or extracting) to an economy based on debt (borrowed money, devalued fiat currency…basically any form of OPM). That is a pyramid scheme, and cannot last.

      And the collapse is fast, and the realization is angering, and the result is often violent.

      It may be that a treatment is in the works. An experimental treatment, using anti-malaria drug chloroquine, has, so far, in a small test, resulted in 100-percent recovery of the viral infection (not any lung damage that had come of infection). This may just be beat sooner than we thought – unless the Elites decide they LIKE #BoomerRemover and use government to throw up obstacles.

      The virus may be conquered, but the collapse of the pyramid-scheme of debt, is here to stay.

        • AvatarJustPassinThru

          Good that you know it’s fuel for flame.

          Lacking the patience to go through the comments in-detail; but a quick scan appears to justify whatever handout the person commentating, receives. And there is some justification – antiSocial inSecurity was/is a pyramid scheme; and their yowling is just the cries of those left holding the bag, just one example.

          The writer’s argument is that the debt should be “repudiated.” By the U.S. Constitution, that is impossible. All debts incurred by the Federal Government must be paid.

          So, the answer appears to be, to debase the currency with money-printing. Which also is unconstitutional; the Constitution specifies only gold and silver shall be “lawful money.” (Article 1 Sec. 10) But we’ve been using fiat paper for 49 years now, since Nixon unlawfully abandoned the gold standard.

          So the dollar will join the peso and the ruble and the bolivar, as money-without-value.

  11. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    There’s a good chance that I’ve been exposed to the virus, now it’s up to my immune system. My grandkids’ uncle was exposed at least a week ago to someone who tested positive, the boys play with their cousins, and I babysit the two older ones regularly. My older grandson goes to a school where parents have been exposed to the same person who tested positive. As a fat, 65 year old smoker, I’m in a couple of the risk pools even before considering degrees of separation from someone who is infected.

    This isn’t a Y2K nothingburger, but I hope we’ll get through the worst in three or four weeks – otherwise people and businesses may suffer real economic harm.

    I’m a big believer in the power of “and”. This is a serious public health issue and the media wants to use it as a cudgel against President Trump. Just because the press has an agenda (the same journos who called it “Wuhan coronavirus” two weeks ago now do the CCP’s bidding saying such nomenclature is racist), doesn’t mean this is a typical flu.

    Diseases do spread exponentially. Normally I despise the precautionary principle, but sometimes you have to recognize that it’s time to be prudent.

    I have a case of vegetarian beans, a case of peanut butter, 5 lbs of dried beans, and lbs and lbs of pasta, along with a little bit of meat in the freezer My kids don’t want me to go out, and as it happens my oldest works in a grocery store and she’s offered to get me (and my neighbors) anything we might need. I don’t even need toilet paper as I’ve switched to Charmin’s 12″ “Forever” rolls and recently reordered.

    I’ve had a recurring cold virus all winter long, but that’s mostly been about congestion and sniffles, not a dry cough or fever. Still, I’m watching my temperature. As I said, time to be prudent.

    BTW, if you have a 3D printer and can get ahold of anti-microbial copper infused PLActive filament from Brazil, you can print your own N95 respirator from files available here: Also, while 3M and Rockwell respirators and particulate filters are in short supply (one of the regulations the Trump administration have relaxed allows medical professionals to use industrial respirators – which may actually work better than the medical gear), respirators and filters from MSA (Mine Safety Appliances) are available from suppliers like Graingers.

    • AvatarKevin Jaeger

      We are praying for you and your family, Ronnie. The good news is that hospitals haven’t overflowed yet so full care including ventilators should still be available if you or your family need them.

      In a few weeks that may no longer be true, so getting it early rather than later may be a sort of advantage.

      Prayers and keep us posted.

    • Avatardejal

      Praying for you man. I enjoy your posts and observations.

      I was called a xenophobe for mentioning it by location on a auto racing site. They deleted my comments. Fairly major US site. I was trolling, I didn’t care. I got sick of people talking about the canceled Aussie F1 race and kept throwing Trump, US Health Care, blah, blah that weren’t from the US. A couple of people praising the Chinese leader ship. Supposedly from Australia Australia has 28 cases per million, the US has 29 per million. Yeah, spanky, you folks can teach us how to do it. Considering Australia is off the beaten path, we are doing pretty good response wise., compared to others. If you ever come across someone with a name like Hank or Bill from W. VA that posts the Chinese are doing it right, ask Hank or Bill to say anything they think is not great in China. I’ve seen the question asked. Hank or Bill don’t answer.

      I hang around Breitbart. The stories are fine. I post, I’m a masochist. About 20% are leftist trolls. About 50% are people who think they are conservatives. I don’t know what they are. They think they are true blue americans. There’s about 30% that make any sense. The 50% sound like Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting from Gangs of New York. If I posted that you were sick, but just mentioned you faith, they would come out of the wood work.

      The US is doing a sarcastic “GREAT” compared to other first world countries. Great being relative. Our supposed betters in Europe with their superior everything, not so much. In a week we may be as hosed as them, if so, probably they will be worse. Whether luck or jumping on it a bit quicker, I’m glad I’m here.

      The countries doing great are backwaters that no one visits. There’s a reason no one visits.


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