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Covid-19, Unmasked


There was not a mask in sight Saturday afternoon on the Ocean City NJ boardwalk even though it was packed with strollers, including your editor. Although it’s not possible to tell from the picture which are political liberals and which are conservatives, it’s probably safe to say that voters of both persuasions were well represented in the dense throng. The beaches and boardwalks in South Jersey and elsewhere are among the relatively few places where no one seems to give a damn about Covid-19. In such locales, the disease seems as powerless as the Wicked Witch of the East in Munchkinville. We know this because nearly everyone in America would be infected by now if it were otherwise.

What about indoor spaces?  Popular wisdom has it that if you share a poorly ventilated room with someone who has the disease, and you breathe the same air for an hour or two, you are likely to become contaminated yourself (although not necessarily symptomatic). However, there is at least one bar in nearby Margate, NJ, where drinkers often stand two or three deep because all of the stools are taken. Three-way conversations are happening with faces separated not by the state-mandated six feet, but by 10-15 inches. On a recent weekend when I had dinner there — outside — the bar resembled a scene from a Heironymous Bosch painting, where earthly pleasures are celebrated with wicked abandon. If they turn out to be superspreaders, we should know by Halloween.

Pancake Risk

I had a mask-less breakfast Saturday morning with two friends, both physicians, in a restaurant that is famous for blueberry pancakes and which has been doing brisk business since 1946. The place has barely missed a beat during New Jersey’s lockdown.  One of these friends has treated dozens of Covid-19 patients, only one of whom got seriously ill. The patient, a mutual friend who stays in good shape by surfing year-round, was the only one of the bunch who did not start taking hydroxychloroquine, zinc and zithromax soon after becoming symptomatic.

Some of my oldest friends have banned me from their homes merely because they know I’ve dined out — done so inside a couple of times. Maybe I’ve been lucky, or maybe I’ve had Covid-19 without even knowing it. I keep meaning to get tested, and I probably will one of these days. In the meantime, I will continue to wear a mask wherever required, and to respect the quarantine protocols of my friends, but also of strangers with whom I come in contact. Despite Trump’s promise of a vaccine by November, we all know it’s going to be a very long and difficult winter.

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  • John September 22, 2020, 1:13 pm

    “You must unlearn what you have learned” – Yoda

    Video censored from StasiTube:
    Remember the London Olympic: Predictive programming
    Be advised to refuse the PCR test has is damages permanently the hemato-cephalic membrane of the brain. Your saliva or nose mucus is enough just spit on it. Also many, PCR test kits were infected.

  • Rich September 21, 2020, 12:24 pm

    Nice to see you back in one of my favourite haunts

    Home of Salt Water Taffy

  • Ben September 21, 2020, 7:39 am

    My calendar says 2020. But with all the happenings — and we’re not done yet?! — I can’t help thinking it’s much later.

    Anyway, I wonder why no one ever cites Germany, when talking about exemplary countries that have gotten a handle on covid. Nor does anyone ever cite Norway or Finland, even though both have done better than even Germany. And, finally, Taiwan is never mentioned, even though Taiwan absolutely has blown everyone else out of the water on covid containment.

    Nope. No country that has actually done well against covid is ever credited with having done so. I’m always told it’s Sweden that America, and even the world, should emulate.

    Things like that… Really gets the noggin joggin’!

  • Dan September 20, 2020, 10:12 pm

    Futures are up Sunday at 9pm.

    The big players had a great opportunity to take the market down, if they wanted to, with Justice Ginsberg’s passing…

    … since we’re looking at a 4 to 4 Supreme Court deadlock with the contested election, and congressional stimulus is now many months away with the fighting over when to appoint a Supreme Court replacement.

    Doesn’t this suggest they don’t plan on letting the market go down before the election… And that maybe they want President Trump reelected?

    What’s your take?

    • Ben September 23, 2020, 3:23 am

      Hi, Dan. Afraid I can’t tell you who a chart wants to win, but it’s a crazy contraption, anyway. And crazy only ever says crazy things!

      Can’t help you, there. But I can tell you, beyond all shadow of doubt, that God wants that peace plan Trump came up with. And because that will go into effect, and have all the results it is said to have, in Revelation, that means something to the upcoming election…

      If they would get a SCOTUS pick confirmed, now, I could better say whether Trump wins or suffers theft. It could go either way. We may have a disputed vote count or otherwise no clear winner. That would mean an interim President Pelosi, who then ends the SCOTUS split, giving us President Biden… who then retires, perhaps, leaving us with President Harris.

      But it doesn’t make sense, from a prophecy timeline standpoint, if Trump’s not around for another term. Maybe that’s because his SCOTUS pick gets the confirmation. Or some other reason(s). Whatever the case, I think he’s all but assured the win.

  • Dan September 20, 2020, 9:10 pm

    If the big players wanted to let the market go down (“pull the plug”) in September/October, Justice Ginsberg’s passing was the perfect opportunity regarding a contested election with a 4 to 4 Supreme Court deadlock, and no agreement on a congressional stimulus package for months.

    Does this mean the the market won’t be going down before the election… And that they want Pres Trump to be reelected?

  • David Bandas September 20, 2020, 5:34 pm

    I find your ambiguity and observations very similar to mine and trustworthy. Sometimes Covid is spread easily. Sometimes not. Sometimes lethal, sometimes not noticeable. Yes, an interesting winter. The less someone *knows* sometimes, the easier I find them to trust. Thanks!

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