The canary in the coal mine just keeled over

Airport rules!

The chief stockholder of Blaska Policy Werkes spent much of yesterday (03-19-2020) watching Wayne Carini chase classic cars on cable TV. Tension was high as his lovingly restored 1915 Pierce Arrow went on the auction block. What’s wrong with those bidders! Dog-faced pony soldiers! Happy ending: Wayne really did not want to sell in the first place, he told his viewers, puttering off into the horizon.

The no-sale had nothing to do with the coronavirus shutdown. The program was a rerun. We’d seen it at least a year ago but damned if we were going to subject ourselves to more COVID-19 pandemic misery on the cable news shows.

We’re reading! A BOOK! Danubia, Simon Winder’s iconoclastic account of the 600-year Hapsburg empires in Central Europe (and, for a time, Spain and the New World). Irreverent with a vengeance! (Restore the Habsburgs, oppressors of my German Bohemian ancestors!) The dynasty powered its way through various plagues, 30-year-wars, and the occasional in-bred idiot — so maybe we can too!

Most of us are self-distancing …  Most of us are experiencing the same pause in normal life … The great paradox, of course, is that we had to be set apart in order to feel together. I’ve been writing about the social fabric for years now, but you really see it only after you’ve lost it. — David Brooks, New York Times.

Now, this word from Reality

Jimmy Blaska

Got any firewood? Stock certificates?

This is Blaska’s malaise speech. Picture your bloggeur in a cardigan sweater, fireplace lit, writing in a southern Georgia accent.

Isthmus, Madison’s weekly newspaper, has suspended publication!!! A high-profile, local domino in the collapse of the worldwide economy. 

Isthmus made its living on advertising from Madison WI’s once-vibrant foodie, live music, and theater scene — now suddenly, just within the last week! — shuttered, silent, dark. State Street, Willy Street, Capitol Square, Atwood Avenue, Monroe Street are nearly empty. Thirty thousand school children are at home or casing neighborhood garages. Plenty of parking at the big malls! 

Dubuque police

Here’s a better idea than binge-watching TV

The economic pandemic

California’s governor predicts over half the state’s population — 25.5 million people — will be infected with the coronavirus over the next eight weeks. Assembly lines at General Motors and Harley Davidson, flights are grounded. Sports arenas are empty. Retirees are watching their rollover IRAs evaporate as the stock market sinks. We’ve been saying an economic recession is certain. Now we’re thinking in terms of a Great Depression. 

Who knows economics better than the Wall Street Journal?

The human cost of job losses and bankruptcies will exceed what most Americans imagine. … A tsunami of economic destruction … will cause tens of millions to lose their jobs as commerce and production simply cease. … Another month like this week and the layoffs will be measured in millions of people. … there is no amount of money that can make up for losses of the magnitude we are facing if this extends for several more weeks. … millions of businesses will be bankrupt and tens of millions will be jobless.

Playing by Airport Rules

John Karcher

Former TV-3 newsman John Karcher playing by Airport Rules

The tin foil hats are in their glory. Conspiracies are floated on the thinnest of “evidence.” The coronavirus was created in a lah-BOR-atory at the behest of George Soros — all to discredit Donald (Can Do No Wrong) Trump. Corporate drug companies controlled by billionaire capitalists don’t care about us little folk. 

Our grandparents heard the same kind of nonsense during the 1930s from the left and the right. We give David Brooks the last word:

All those burn-it-down/ destroy-the-system/ anti-establishment tirades ring a little hollow, too. It’s not the angry outsiders who are protecting us right now, it’s the Establishment. … In the meantime: Airport Rules apply. If you want a beer at 9 a.m., go for it.

How are YOU avoiding reality?

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5 Responses to The canary in the coal mine just keeled over

  1. dad29 says:

    Yes, yes indeed! We’ve heard all sorts of things from the Cognoscenti…… warm, global cool, Y2K, ALAR, acid rain, (the long list can be found you-know-where). It was THE END OF THE WORLD, remember? Every time!!!! END OF THE WORLD!!

    The economic destruction has been loosed by Tony Evers, and there are rumors he’s going to follow the California Fruitcake into complete shutdown, assuring us of a revolution in about 10 days.

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  2. George's son says:

    Well, with the advent of “No Gatherings of More Than 10 People” should result in a drastic reduction of Mass Shootings. Unless Dane County sends trigger-happy SWAT teams out for violations. Sorry for the frivolous comment but it beats our current reality.

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  3. westsidesue says:

    Love what you’ve done with the place. You have missed your calling as an interior designer, I’m sure, Mr. B. We need to make a bigger, stronger canary, I’m thinking. “Thirty thousand school children are at home or casing neighborhood garages.” I know you would never engage in hyperbole, but I’m really hoping you’ve indulged yourself just this once. The thought of all those poor little children casing garages…well, it’s unthinkable. And to think, we’re feeding them lunch and breakfast, maybe we should start doing supper too.


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