Back to School

The time for the fall term is quickly bearing down on us and James and Toby are itching to get kids back in the classroom. But others aren’t so sure. Said the Prime Minister this weekend, “Now that we know enough to reopen schools to all pupils safely, we have a moral duty to do so.”

Also on tap (literally and figuratively) this week: Getting back into the pubs, the new dating forum on Lockdown Sceptics gets press, and fat-fingered police stopped MP Dawn Butler (Labour, Brent Central) and, of course, charges of institutional racism followed. (This from a woman who once claimed that 90% of all giraffes are gay and had her staff forge an endorsement letter from Barack Obama.)

This week’s opening sound is courtesy of The Evening Standard which reported on the PM’s visit to a school in East London.

 

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  1. Mister Dog Coolidge

    I find this particular photoshop inexplicably terrifying. Nice job.

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    • August 10, 2020, at 2:18 PM PDT
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  2. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Sometimes you just have to go for the gold.

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    • August 10, 2020, at 2:39 PM PDT
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  3. Al Sparks Thatcher

    The mask discussion was fairly interesting. Here in the states, most major chain grocers have curbside service, including Safeway (owned by Albertson’s), the various Kroger brands, and Walmart.

    So you don’t have to enter those locations if you don’t want to. I have not accessed their buildings since they have mandated masks nationwide, and I also penalize them by increasing online orders with Amazon.

    Regarding U.S. airlines, they all seem to have required masks. And they require them regardless of whether you have a medical excuse, mostly because people have refused to provide medical reasons on the grounds of privacy (U.S. HIPPA regulations). It was a loophole that they closed with a no exceptions policy.

    In addition, Alaska Airlines has stated that if you refuse to wear a mask on a flight after take-off, they will deliver you to that flight’s destination and then ban you from further flights. If your ultimate destination included multiple flights, they would not allow you onto those additional flights. In addition, they will not allow you on a return flight. You’re stuck.

    I live in Alaska, so being stuck in Seattle with them being the only airline to get back (at least during the winter) would be a tough pickle to get around.

    I have decided that I will not fly on an airline that requires masks. The only exception is that if I’m required to travel by my employer (given my position I have a lot of control over that) or a family emergency.

    I do believe in private property, and that businesses have a right to require masks in their facilities. I have a right to not do business with them, and given some practicalities (groceries) I can limit, if not totally exclude doing business with them.

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    • August 10, 2020, at 5:23 PM PDT
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  4. Duane Oyen Member
    Duane OyenJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Sometimes you just have to go for the gold.

    I think that EJ may have done his best work here. The face blend-in is impressive.

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    • August 10, 2020, at 8:05 PM PDT
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