My First Quarantine-related Run-in

I had my first run-in with a #coronanazi today at Wallgreen's.

I was just trying to set my cokes down on the end of the counter rather than hold them while I waited in line. They were cold! But no, the cashier (in a mask) put up his hands and almost shouted, “Please stand back! Social distancing!”

The customers (a man and his son) in front of me (not wearing masks) were completely unconcerned by my “close proximity.”

The cashier then assumed a wide stance, with his hands behind his back — martial-arts or military-like — as if ready for a fight. The whole thing was ridiculous.

I wish I'd told him, “Well, there's your proof: masks make you stupid by cutting off airflow to the brain.”


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Political Compass Test

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Welcome! It's timely to stress that The Political Compass has been on the internet since 2001. The uniqueness of our take on politics is reflected in the gratifyingly enthusiastic reviews we've enjoyed in the national media of many countries from our earliest years — as well as from many teachers and academics who continue to use our work.

My score — as of May 1 (May Day), 2020 — was “left, libertarian.”