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Friday, March 13, 2020

Elite Arrogance of "Work from Home"

Just a quick one while I continue to move into the new house.

As I have written before, I think this China virus business is vastly overdone. This is hardly the most dangerous infection of our time! It is being hyped as a political weapon, at least here in the USA, against Trump. Period.

One particularly irritating theme constantly being repeated is the advice to "work from home."

That's fine if you're a retired, old fart blogger or in the elite industries of IT and other such white collar labors. How does a cop or a fireman work from home? How about our military? Or a blue collar worker in a factory? Yes, make those automobiles in your living room . . . right. How about a hamburger flipper or a waiter? A farmer? A butcher? A mechanic? Like with so much else about this virus it's a bunch of elite nonsense designed to create panic and sink the economy and, btw, the Trump presidency.

Back to my boxes "at home" . . .

24 comments:

  1. My son is a paramedic fireman. I am glad he has been promoted to Engineer so he is not picking up the sick people any more. Fires are safer.

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    1. After Corpsman,
      not many better than
      Emergency Paramedics
      in the Field of Fire~~~
      Kudos to the Smoke-Eater!
      On Watch~~~
      "Let's Roll"

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  2. Dunno... people fortunate enough to be able to work from home *should* work from home. I don't know if it's more complicated than that.

    The fewer people in an office, the safer those who must be in the office are.

    Amazingly a lot of people don't need to be in an office but elect to do so because they "can't concentrate at home". Well... maybe it's big-boy-pants time?

    I've been working from home for a couple of years, the spoils of a hard sciences education and two decades of consistent employment.

    I don't know that I can help police or firemen other than to stay out of the way.

    - reader #1482

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  3. It reminds me that *every* time the media thinks they've *finally* got Trump.... they wind up empty-handed.
    The Media-Democrat Axis is *very* well coordinated, but it backs a nasty pack of liars.
    Trump's going to speak difficult truths about this situation to the country. The Media-Democrat Axis will crow and wail.

    - reader #1482

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    1. "nasty pack of liars....Democrat Axis will crow and wail." Hat Tip To 1482

      Where's my numb chucks!?
      Trump Kung FLu Fighting 2020
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yygxuM263Ik
      OWie~~~
      "Let's Roll"

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  4. Bravo, Dip! That lazy "Work from home" meme is part & parcel of the same foolish Political Class attitude that encouraged US businesses to move the messy physical work of making antibiotics to China.

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  5. The Rose Garden "tour de force" today was masterful. Trump was in his element with those CEOs and medical people. The private sector will now be deeply involved in the Wuhan Flu fight. We can now fight the Chinese virus and the Democrat/media virus.

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  6. "The Rose Garden "tour de force" today..."

    NO SPAM~~~
    Cupa chinee lungfun~rna soop
    Simple Wuhan Chop Suey aujus
    Tastee Spring Rolls w/rocks~
    Demo`Pro~dna almond cookies~
    Hot Pot steamed Orange Tea~
    ChOW~dOWn~~~Come and Get it!

    Respecy hon#1son On Watch~~~
    "Let's Roll"

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  8. Then there are those of us who work in hospitals... Iwork in the lab. Just wondering when we'll be forced to work and even live at work.

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    1. This is why our health care system is best positioned to handle this virus, assuming it reaches the crisis stage expected. Overtime + hazard pay. There shouldn't need be any force involved.

      For years and years now, my colleagues have been railing about how terrible our 'healthcare system' is.... that it's too expensive... that it's too exclusive... that it used to be a much smaller portion of our salaries...
      My response has always been: "Modern medicine is a larger fraction of our incomes because it provides a larger fraction of value to our lives. Any country that is fixing the fraction of incomes dedicated to healthcare (socialized medicine) is actually setting the 'importance' its people ascribe to healthcare by fiat."

      People should not be restricted in how seriously they take their healthcare.

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  9. I thought this might put things in perspective. Pass this on to your friends.

    C.S. Lewis in “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays.
    In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
    In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
    This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

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    1. Good One Mr. Scott!
      Passing it on to
      a microbiologist for
      some 2020 perspective!
      On Watch~~~
      Where's Dr. Strangelove?

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  10. Don't forget medical personnel. I was a dialysis nurse for over 22 years. Can't do that from home. Nor can most medical personnel work from home. Those who can are usually home health care nurses, who travel to the pt's house. Not the whole world works in an office.

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    1. "...I was a dialysis nurse for over 22 years..."

      Thank You for your dedicated
      and skilled Service, Nurse Anon!
      Hand Salute and Never Forget~~~
      On Watch~~~

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  11. Clinical Lab Technologist, receive sample, log in sample, process sample,release results all on site.

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    1. Good on ya Lab Tech!
      Suspect tho, that there's just
      a lil more in the "processing",
      and the Labwork on the Job! Some
      CLT's I know, work the Night Shift,
      and all that nocturnal schedule entails.
      Then there's those pesky prophylactic courses
      of antibiotics etal, or when someone mislabels,
      or mishandles specimens, slides, plates, or in other words just screws-up the sampling analysis process!

      Stay Safe & Best Regards for the work you do!
      On Watch~~~

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  12. Yes! I can see dentists working from home.
    I was going to put off that appt anyway.

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    1. OUCH! ROF almost laughing,
      my mouth hurts, I'm sneezzing,
      coughing & dripping from my nose!

      So do you know a good Dentist?
      Have Horse Will Travel~~~
      OW````

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  13. I am one of the fortunate that not only can work from home, but have done so for years due to my position in the IT industry. Since all my work is remote to me there is no need for me to show up in the office. This pandemic does not really alter my lifestyle as dramatically as it does for others. I can only hope that these drastic measures on travel, and public events actively curtail the spread of this virus in the United States. I would like as few people as possible to become infected. Even though I have seen a lot of panic buying. Overall in my area people are taking these measures seriously and it seems to me to be very American in the way that people all come together in times of distress. These next two weeks are a crucial test of our will and unity as a country. If we all manage to lower the infection rates and save people, and turn the corner on panic. We will know what to do next time an epidemic occurs.

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    1. Was thinking the same, Sal!
      'The more the troops DRILL,
      The better they March-1,2,3,4 - 1-2 3-4!

      On Watch~~~
      "Let's Roll"

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  14. I'm too lazy and easily distractible to work from home. I'll start right after I whip up a snack. What is the dog barking at? Maybe if I drink a beer I'll settle down and get to it. Stay-at-home workers like me would rapidly tank the economy I assure you.

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  15. Hey, boss, can I work on that classified test report at home? I promise I'll stay up all night guarding the laptop with secret data on it. And I won't let the wife or the dogs look at the laptop screen when I'm working.

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