It’s happened here before. Back about a year ago we had an outbreak of Hep A here in San Diego. It did some spreading to other parts of the country, but when counter measures were put into place it pretty much faded away.
The difference between now and then is, Hep A is pretty much known to us so while there was some panic most folks pretty much got on with their lives after taking the steps they needed to handle the epidemic. You know the routine; clean up after yourself, don’t shit anywhere you like, get the homeless off the street, that sort of thing. Of course the homeless are still with us, so Hep A really didn’t have that great an impact on us.
The current affair should fade away to, for as Bob Heinlein once noted, “The most ordinary thing in the world is a ninety day wonder on the ninety first day.”
About a week ago Neil DeGrasse Tyson appear on Late Night with Stephen Colbert. The two talked about a few things and from what I could see Tyson had himself a good time. One thing I did note was what Neil had to say on the current pandemic, and as I remember it was something like it being an experiment to determine how well the common man could listen to scientists.
That got me to thinking, that it would appear that the reaction of scientists to the existence of bigfoot is an experiment to determine how well they can listen to science.
By now you’ve heard of Trump’s decision to cut off travel from Europe to the United States. I have to ask, who the hell does he think he’s kidding? This strikes me as being something a lot like shutting the barn door after about an hour of letting the stock ramble back and forth. You don’t want certain parties coming here, then damn well block passage immediately (my emphasis). You don’t give the cat an hour in the rabbit hutch and then lock the door.
And I’ve got more to do, so this thinking will have to wait for later.