Posted On: Monday - August 10th 2020 8:09PM MST
In Topics:   Curmudgeonry  Kung Flu Stupidity
It's been over a week, though that includes Peak Stupidity's short hiatus, since the last re-Panic observations. I had to go back to the store today, Target again.
"See, now that there's your post."
"What post, all you did was go to the store?"
"That's what I mean, it's a site about NOTHING!"
"But why would anyone want to read a site about NOTHING?"
"Because ... it's on the INTERNET!"
[Not yet, it isn't. - Ed]
No really, in this Kung Flu era, even a trip to the Big Box store is worthy of a post. (Yeah, because people still have too much time on their hands, and it's either surf the web or riot ... hmmmm. ... what to do, what to do? Oh, I got it, surf the web while rioting, they got those big-ass phones now ...)
I was prepared for what I was to see at the Target store, but only mentally, not emotionally. I put my mask on last minute, almost to the point of waiting for the first yell from some poor employee tasked with that. Not a soul was without a mask, even the hotties. Let me tell you, in this location there are a ton, and with the hot weather, the short shorts made up for missing out on the cute faces (though one could still tell). It wasn't all bad, so I got my stuff merged in with the stretched-out but fast-moving line, and bought my stuff.
Let me go back though, as that's not ANY kind of post. It was on the way across the parking lot TO the store in which I got pretty disgusted with this whole country. Under the hot sun, across the parking lot, came a number of (many grossly overweight) shoppers with masks over their entire faces, right up to their sunglasses. (The image above doesn't do justice to my view.) There's fresh air out there, they were out of the store and well away from it, and this is not crowded NYC or China. Did I mention it was hot out, near 90F? That didn't stop 'em. It just looked like these folks were down with the masks for the "duration". What is the duration, the rest of their lives?
At least when the cute young women leave the store, they pull off those masks. They need to be seen.
While searching for the image I wanted, I noted the source of this one. I'd have to be a real bastard to put the link in here, as it was a site that informed us of "The Riskiest Places for Catching Coronavirus Revealed", each rate with a score to from 1 to 10 with 2 significant figures after the decimal. Yeah, it's a women's site. After perusing the stupidity there, I didn't even find the original pic of the young lady with the (1995-era) Jennifer Anniston hair with which the page was supposedly associated.
Now that I've written about my disgust with this "new normal", I realize that I should have early on linked to a C.J. Hopkins article - Invasion of the New Normals. He explains very well what's going on.
And, make no mistake, that is exactly what the “New Normal” movement intends to do. “New Normalism” is a classic totalitarian movement (albeit with a pathological twist), and it is the goal of every totalitarian movement to radically, utterly transform society, to remake the world in its monstrous image.
That is what totalitarianism is, this desire to establish complete control over everything and everyone, every thought, emotion, and human interaction. The character of its ideology changes (i.e., Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism, etc.), but this desire for complete control over people, over society, and ultimately life itself, is the essence of totalitarianism … and what has taken over the minds of the New Normals.
In the New Normal society they want to establish, as in every totalitarian society, fear and conformity will be pervasive. Their ideology is a pathologized ideology (as opposed to, say, the racialized ideology of the Nazis), so its symbology will be pathological. Fear of disease, infection, and death, and obsessive attention to matters of health will dominate every aspect of life. Paranoid propaganda and ideological conditioning will be ubiquitous and constant.
Everyone will be forced to wear medical masks to maintain a constant level of fear and an omnipresent atmosphere of sickness and death, as if the world were one big infectious disease ward. Everyone will wear these masks at all times, at work, at home, in their cars, everywhere. Anyone who fails or refuses to do so will be deemed “a threat to public health,” and beaten and arrested by the police or the military, or swarmed by mobs of New Normal vigilantes.
The threat of “infection” will be used to justify increasingly insane and authoritarian edicts, compulsory demonstration-of-fealty rituals, and eventually the elimination of all forms of dissent. Just as the Nazis believed they were waging a war against the “subhuman races,” the New Normals will be waging a war on “disease,” and on anyone who “endangers the public health” by challenging their ideological narrative. Like every other totalitarian movement, in the end, they will do whatever is necessary to purify society of “degenerate influences” (i.e., anyone who questions or disagrees with them, or who refuses to obey their every command).
Despite this increasing totalitarianization and pathologization of virtually everything, the New Normals will carry on with their lives as if everything were … well, completely normal. They will go out to restaurants and the movies in their masks. They will work, eat, and sleep in their masks. Families will go on holiday in their masks, or in their “Personal Protective Upper-Body Bubble-Wear.” They will arrive at the airport eight hours early, stand in their little color-coded boxes, and then follow the arrows on the floor to the “health officials” in the hazmat suits, who will take their temperature through their foreheads and shove ten-inch swabs into their sinus cavities.Yep.
Coming: a number of movie reviews, a new review of the TSA, and some feminist and customer "care" stupidity... oh, and the legacy of slavery.
[UPDATED - 08/11:] Added reference to and excerpts from the C.J. Hopkins article.