Indi Samarajiva at Medium, ‘American Passports Are Worthless Now’
Americans have gone from having access to most of the world to being banned from most of it. Today, Americans are only allowed in a few Caribbean islands and the Balkans. An American passport is now worthless. Worse than worthless, it’s a plague.
In the absence of a humane government, America is now ruled by COVID-19. Welcome to the Plague States of America.
Look at that map graphic. We’ve been cut off from 99% of the world. I’ve always been proud of my American citizenship, but the last few years have been more of an embarrassment.
At the same time, you can’t trust Americans. Americans have poor hygiene (low masking rate) and at least 40% of the population can’t be trusted to even believe that COVID-19 exists, let alone to take it seriously. They’re likely to refuse testing, not report symptoms, break quarantine, and generally NOT follow rules. Americans have a toxic combination of ignorance and arrogance that makes them unwelcome travelers.
As if on cue, Kim Lyons at The Verge has this report on ‘Shoppers are suing over mandatory mask rules, but doctors don’t buy it’:
A minority of the population simply refuses to wear masks and often causes a scene when confronted about it — as countless viral videos have shown. The result is a strange stalemate, with some state and local governments gun shy about the politics of mask mandates and businesses ill-prepared to police the public health practices of their customers. Now, that fight is spilling into court, as anti-mask activists publicly challenge stores’ right to force them to cover their faces.
Whenever I go into any store, I always see people without a mask. It’s infuriating that this pandemic is dragging on and killing tens of thousands unnecessarily because these few fucking idiots won’t put a piece of cloth over their mouth when they go to the grocery store.
The Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield said, “If we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control.”
Eight weeks. And all these idiots need to do is wear a mask.