Excellent, Plastic’s A Good Thing Again

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What excellent news this is even if it takes a tragedy for people to realise it. Plastic’s a good thing to be having around. Even single use plastics are excellent things because they reduce infection transmission rates. And to the British plastics are even better than that:

Coronavirus: behind the plastic, sweat and tears pour down

See, plastics must be good. If they’re protecting Our Angels of the NHS it’s a political death sentence to be opposing them. Given, you know that it’s the National Religion?

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The above post is not from your usual Spike, as this Yank doesn’t read the Guardian except to understand your columns.

The point is not that plastics are good though the official position is that they are bad. The point is that legislation that places avoidance of plastic as the highest value will become foolish as values change. (And probably shouldn’t have been legislated in the first place, except for the joy of bossing other people around.)

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PS – In my opinion, the problem with reusable bags is mostly in prolonging the life of E. coli from dripping packages of meat. Regarding COVID, they are at most a surface, like the shopper himself. But others should be allowed to disagree, right?

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The obnoxious virtue-signalers in the US have been suspiciously, but welcomed, silent about their beloved reusable cloth contaminators.

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Whereas the equally suspect US fake news bots can’t stop droning on about ‘mild chest colds’ – y’know, the ones that killed 37 Italian doctors. Who must all have been fat old diabetic men of course, to fit the narrative.

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Seems it is I whom you mean to ridicule. I am not a ‘bot, not affiliated with Fake News, and not pushing a narrative. Mild seasonal illnesses, including various coronaviruses, do kill many in weakened states. Doesn’t help that any fatality that has COVID-19 in his system is logged as a “COVID death.” See https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/The-evidence-on-Covid-19-is-not-as-clear-as-we-think

Lefties are baiting Trump into undoing his achievements and ridicule is about all you’ve got.

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Glad some human to human contact is still possible. Your beef is that Trump is being pushed by lefties into unnecessary lockdown/money printing. But he’s just following the rest of the world, many of whom are far from lefty. And he’s not exactly known for being swayed by lefty economic ideas.
I might agree the level of lockdown could be lower, if there were stringent testing/follow up/isolation. But the US isn’t S Korea, or Sweden.

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No, Trump isn’t known for that, and yes he’s being swayed now. Under Enumerated Powers, the vulnerable protect themselves and profit flows to those inventing means to impede transmission, vaccinate, and treat, though there’s still no basis to force a test on a law-abiding citizen. The media hype and your own calculus of acceptable level of lockdown assume all this is replaced by a single criterion, herd statistics, and persevere until – when? When there is no more COVID? This is Earth! and there are more new microbes next spring!