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2020-08-02 8:50:14 PM  
I don't know. With vigorous testing, contact tracing, a strong and stable safety net that eliminates the need for parents to force their kids back to school for work reasons, and giving schools and teachers the resources they nee... Oh, you mean in America. Right, it's a fantasy.
 
2020-08-02 9:07:59 PM  
I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.
 
2020-08-02 9:38:24 PM  
Great article.  Feel so sad for that Super trying to figure out the best path forward.

Trump has created a no-win scenario for schools.  Winning.
 
2020-08-02 9:47:59 PM  
That was brutal.

Highlights the extreme lack of leadership we have.
 
2020-08-02 9:53:52 PM  

buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.


There aren't going to be enough teachers to begin with. Many have retired early and some have left the profession because of COVID. They don't want to kill or maim their own families.
 
2020-08-02 9:54:39 PM  

buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.


Those teachers will be fired and American education will never recover.
 
2020-08-02 10:08:40 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

Those teachers will be fired and American education will never recover.


So, more Republicans then?
 
2020-08-02 10:23:47 PM  
 
2020-08-02 10:34:35 PM  
I'm starting to think we should give the kids guns, keys to the bus, and a GPS to the statehouse. It's cool for Trump supporters.
 
2020-08-03 12:09:23 AM  
are.
you.
tired.
of.
winning.
yet?
 
2020-08-03 12:40:27 AM  
Apropos of nothing, this is stuck in my head now.
Mariah Carey - Fantasy (Album Version)
Youtube qq09UkPRdFY


(Also, forcing school reopening will cause many thousands of needless deaths, but that was never in question and I really didn't have anything else to contribute.)
 
2020-08-03 1:04:53 AM  

lindalouwho: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

There aren't going to be enough teachers to begin with. Many have retired early and some have left the profession because of COVID. They don't want to kill or maim their own families.


Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

Those teachers will be fired and American education will never recover.


Either way, that's the point.
 
2020-08-03 1:08:37 AM  
Hmm, if AZ schools open on 8/17, and things are as bad as they seem, we should see a spike in infections by Labor Day.

I hope I'm wrong, but hope even more that schools stay virtual until we get treatments and a vaccine or two.
 
2020-08-03 1:16:59 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: Apropos of nothing, this is stuck in my head now.
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/qq09UkPR​dFY]


I don't know that song.  This is what got stuck in mine:

Aldo Nova - Fantasy (Official Video)
Youtube vPQgfaB3S1c


/Kind of embarrassed that I didn't think of Dear Mr. Fantasy first.
//WEHT Aldo Nova?
///Can't you see, what this crazy life is doing to me?
 
2020-08-03 1:28:43 AM  
It's a no-win for a lot of parents.  My kid's school has moved back the start time, and then they're giving parents a choice: send the kid to school or set them up to learn from home.

I know a lot of people who don't want to send their kids, but have to.  They've been called back to work, and have no one to prod their kid to learn all day, or even just to stay with them.  If your employer calls you back to work, you have to go; no more unemployment for you.  If you're a small businessperson and aren't already ruined, it's a minor miracle.

And it sure looks like there's no help coming.  We could have a big push, just bipartisan enough to make things move, as when Republicans tried to repeal the ACA.  But let's face it, most of us are content to be out here pointing fingers at each other and calling people names on the internet.  Hey, here's another video of an asshole!

We're well and truly farked, even if kids aren't made to go to school.
 
2020-08-03 3:12:38 AM  

buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.


I for one look forward to watching Donald Trump attack our teachers right before an election.
 
2020-08-03 3:19:36 AM  
fark republicans, fark trump, fark anyone who supports republicans or trump. Every last one of you is a traitor to the united states and to humanity in general.
 
2020-08-03 3:20:08 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I don't know. With vigorous testing, contact tracing, a strong and stable safety net that eliminates the need for parents to force their kids back to school for work reasons, and giving schools and teachers the resources they nee... Oh, you mean in America. Right, it's a fantasy.


Even with contact tracing, nobody knows what happens when a student at a high school tests positive. Or, god forbid, a teacher with 4 lasses a day. Or a supply teacher who teaches at 7 schools in a 14 day period prior tom testing positive.

Contact tracing is useless in the school environment.
 
2020-08-03 3:20:53 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: a teacher with 4 lasses a day.


haha autocorrect, you scallywag
 
2020-08-03 3:27:08 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I don't know. With vigorous testing, contact tracing, a strong and stable safety net that eliminates the need for parents to force their kids back to school for work reasons, and giving schools and teachers the resources they nee... Oh, you mean in America. Right, it's a fantasy.

Even with contact tracing, nobody knows what happens when a student at a high school tests positive. Or, god forbid, a teacher with 4 lasses a day. Or a supply teacher who teaches at 7 schools in a 14 day period prior tom testing positive.

Contact tracing is useless in the school environment.


Yep. What we NEED to do is shut down everything we can possibly shut down, pay people to stay home, pay essential workers hazard pay, and mandate masks. We can pay for it by getting our money back from Wall Street and the huge corporations that stole PPP money from small businesses.
 
2020-08-03 3:30:30 AM  

buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.


I'm hoping a serendipitous unintended consequence is that teachers will be properly recognised and respected for what they do.

Gospel according to a wise relative:
"It takes a village to rear a child...and it takes a vineyard to homeschool them."

We don't have quite that many vineyards.
 
2020-08-03 3:30:39 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: Apropos of nothing, this is stuck in my head now.
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/qq09UkPR​dFY]

(Also, forcing school reopening will cause many thousands of needless deaths, but that was never in question and I really didn't have anything else to contribute.)


Ah yes, my puberty thanks you.
 
2020-08-03 3:32:09 AM  

Naido: It's a no-win for a lot of parents.  My kid's school has moved back the start time, and then they're giving parents a choice: send the kid to school or set them up to learn from home.

I know a lot of people who don't want to send their kids, but have to.  They've been called back to work, and have no one to prod their kid to learn all day, or even just to stay with them.  If your employer calls you back to work, you have to go; no more unemployment for you.  If you're a small businessperson and aren't already ruined, it's a minor miracle.

And it sure looks like there's no help coming.  We could have a big push, just bipartisan enough to make things move, as when Republicans tried to repeal the ACA.  But let's face it, most of us are content to be out here pointing fingers at each other and calling people names on the internet.  Hey, here's another video of an asshole!

We're well and truly farked, even if kids aren't made to go to school.


The republicans completely refuse to do anything to help anyone who isn't a multi millionaire.  It is fair to point the finger at them.  This ridiculous idea that blame is shared is childish.  Stop refusing to admit that they're just as evil as they appear simply because it makes you uncomfortable to acknowledge that reality.  They hate you with a burning passion and laugh at you when you struggle to come up with some explanation of their behavior that isn't "they're hateful evil assholes"
 
2020-08-03 3:37:45 AM  
I'll be in my office looking at a blank computer screen, and then all of the sudden I realize a whole hour's gone by.

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Please note that this is simply an attempt at levity, not an accusation about this man's work ethic.
 
2020-08-03 3:39:23 AM  

lindalouwho: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

There aren't going to be enough teachers to begin with. Many have retired early and some have left the profession because of COVID. They don't want to kill or maim their own families.


My wife quit Wednesday and we packed up her classroom yesterday.
 
2020-08-03 3:45:54 AM  
It's fascinating to me that 150,000+ dead Americans is such a detached and generalized abstraction to much of the US population.

But, whatever. I'm sure we'll near a million by Christmas at this rate. It's going to take everyone losing someone close to them to get the freakin' message.

I'm beginning to think the Human Race doesn't deserve to survive.
 
2020-08-03 3:49:40 AM  
The bottom line is that we are well and truly farked.

We as a nation squandered the lockdown. By trying to move too quickly, open too much up, and fighting over stupid shiat like masks, we have managed to fark ourselves over.

I mean, I get it - It's hard to tell people to risk their jobs as not only is their healthcare linked to their job, but homelessness and being not being able to pay bills and for food is just as scary as COVID.

At this point, we need the country to go back into lockdown if we want schools to open. But there is no will in America for this. This is where we need a leader. So we're gonna have some states do ok, and some do disastrously.
 
2020-08-03 3:55:11 AM  

Skeleton Man: lindalouwho: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

There aren't going to be enough teachers to begin with. Many have retired early and some have left the profession because of COVID. They don't want to kill or maim their own families.

My wife quit Wednesday and we packed up her classroom yesterday.


That's sad. But also, good for you both. I support her taking a stand like that. Also, you're cool, so I'm glad you're safer now.
 
2020-08-03 3:57:29 AM  

Skeleton Man: lindalouwho: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

There aren't going to be enough teachers to begin with. Many have retired early and some have left the profession because of COVID. They don't want to kill or maim their own families.

My wife quit Wednesday and we packed up her classroom yesterday.


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2020-08-03 3:58:39 AM  

blastoh: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

I for one look forward to watching Donald Trump attack our teachers right before an election.


Wait for Barr to declare proof membership in a teacher's union to be grounds for extraordinary rendition to a black site for political re-education.
 
2020-08-03 4:10:17 AM  
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Again, the virus doesn't care what you want to do. You want to get back to normal. What you want isn't the point. Reality is the point.

Trump continues to act as if reality bends to his will. Nope. You have to adapt to reality.
It doesn't work the other way around.
 
2020-08-03 4:12:19 AM  
I never imagined that the worse thing to do in an emergency would be to listen to our leaders, but here we are.
 
2020-08-03 4:15:35 AM  

Unscratchable_Itch: I never imagined that the worse thing to do in an emergency would be to listen to our leaders, but here we are.


Missouri's governor is going 'well, I can't force people to do things'.

That's not what he says about Planned Parenthood..
 
2020-08-03 4:17:38 AM  
Parents and politicians are trying to brute force things into going back to normal, not realizing that that's not on the table.
 
2020-08-03 4:23:07 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: Skeleton Man: lindalouwho: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

There aren't going to be enough teachers to begin with. Many have retired early and some have left the profession because of COVID. They don't want to kill or maim their own families.

My wife quit Wednesday and we packed up her classroom yesterday.

That's sad. But also, good for you both. I support her taking a stand like that. Also, you're cool, so I'm glad you're safer now.


Much appreciated.

Also, thank you anonymous person with an extra $5!

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2020-08-03 4:33:48 AM  
Trump has managed to tempt faculty members to call in bomb threats to their own schools FFS.
 
2020-08-03 4:34:12 AM  
I am waiting to see what the kids do. 

I remember being a teenager, and I remember when adults talked about us like we couldn't hear them, and made stupid decisions for us based on politics. They didn't think we were human beings with agency. But we were. And I never was put into a position that was literally life or death. This could get very interesting.
 
2020-08-03 4:43:38 AM  

ModernLuddite: I am waiting to see what the kids do. 

I remember being a teenager, and I remember when adults talked about us like we couldn't hear them, and made stupid decisions for us based on politics. They didn't think we were human beings with agency. But we were. And I never was put into a position that was literally life or death. This could get very interesting.


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2020-08-03 4:50:34 AM  
I can't help but think that we wouldn't even be having this discussion if we had one shred of leadership on the national scale during this. Sure, the tangerine toddler screams for schools to open, but he also railed against stay-at-home orders in some cities and states, even made the bold claim that he holds absolute power before backpedaling massively a day later and saying everything is up to the states (not that he doesn't make some portion of that claim all the time, like with his executive memos. He was just really not vague that time.), mocked wearing masks and took tens of thousands of dead people to actually wear one in public once, politicized a goddamn pandemic, and...this could go on forever.

Anyway, he does nothing besides shiatposting on Twitter, hosting moronic preening sessions for the press, and getting a bunch of governors in red states to blow him and follow him off the cliff while dragging the entire populations of their states behind them. I miss when we had a President.
 
2020-08-03 4:54:24 AM  
Brutal is an understatement. Americans are far too docile in the face of a government that doesn't even pretend like they're not trying to kill people.
 
2020-08-03 5:15:47 AM  
I've decided I am no longer going to use words like "fantastic" in everyday language any more. Reading up on the history of some of the language usage in the USA, words talking about fantasy and amazement and incredibleness really changed from being very negative in the 1800s (back in the days when such things were written off as 'malarkey' and 'hooey') to very positive around the 1920s.

This coincided with the rise of mass delusion in the form of radio, and was accelerated by television and later the internet. It became seen as a good thing to fantasise about fake realities. "Whatever you want to believe is like, your prerogative, man! The only truth that matters is the one you believe." And this mindset is directly correlated with the huge rise in the evangelical movement and conspiracy theories and all sorts of other stupidity over the last decades and ultimately gave us Trump.
 
2020-08-03 5:45:39 AM  

Skeleton Man: lindalouwho: buttercat: I hope the teachers go on strike to prevent schools from opening.

I can't help but think it would benefit everyone involved.

There aren't going to be enough teachers to begin with. Many have retired early and some have left the profession because of COVID. They don't want to kill or maim their own families.

My wife quit Wednesday and we packed up her classroom yesterday.


Under the circumstances that's the best thing to do, I'll bet her heart is broken over it. It's unfortunate that finances will stop a lot of teachers from doing the same, I'm just sick for them all being in this position.
Good luck going forward.
*hugs to you both*
 
2020-08-03 5:47:37 AM  

Shaggy_C: I've decided I am no longer going to use words like "fantastic" in everyday language any more. Reading up on the history of some of the language usage in the USA, words talking about fantasy and amazement and incredibleness really changed from being very negative in the 1800s (back in the days when such things were written off as 'malarkey' and 'hooey') to very positive around the 1920s.

This coincided with the rise of mass delusion in the form of radio, and was accelerated by television and later the internet. It became seen as a good thing to fantasise about fake realities. "Whatever you want to believe is like, your prerogative, man! The only truth that matters is the one you believe." And this mindset is directly correlated with the huge rise in the evangelical movement and conspiracy theories and all sorts of other stupidity over the last decades and ultimately gave us Trump.


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2020-08-03 5:59:59 AM  
I would not be surprised if teachers go on strike, they will send in federal troops.
 
2020-08-03 6:01:24 AM  

misantropo: I would not be surprised if teachers go on strike, they will send in federal troops.


And do what?  Make teachers teach at gunpoint?
 
2020-08-03 6:05:31 AM  

Kazan: Naido: It's a no-win for a lot of parents.  My kid's school has moved back the start time, and then they're giving parents a choice: send the kid to school or set them up to learn from home.

I know a lot of people who don't want to send their kids, but have to.  They've been called back to work, and have no one to prod their kid to learn all day, or even just to stay with them.  If your employer calls you back to work, you have to go; no more unemployment for you.  If you're a small businessperson and aren't already ruined, it's a minor miracle.

And it sure looks like there's no help coming.  We could have a big push, just bipartisan enough to make things move, as when Republicans tried to repeal the ACA.  But let's face it, most of us are content to be out here pointing fingers at each other and calling people names on the internet.  Hey, here's another video of an asshole!

We're well and truly farked, even if kids aren't made to go to school.

The republicans completely refuse to do anything to help anyone who isn't a multi millionaire.  It is fair to point the finger at them.  This ridiculous idea that blame is shared is childish.  Stop refusing to admit that they're just as evil as they appear simply because it makes you uncomfortable to acknowledge that reality.  They hate you with a burning passion and laugh at you when you struggle to come up with some explanation of their behavior that isn't "they're hateful evil assholes"


When a problem boils down to money, that problem never gets solved by pointing at poor people.  Ever.  In history.   Republicans are a bigger problem, but pointing at the broke ass ones isn't going to get us out of this.  We are where we are, and it's a matter of resources now.  We need a groundswell and we have enough support for it, but we're going to keep blaming slack-jawed morons while the people who can help fix this sit home on a pile of money and let the rest of us bear all the risk.  As usual.  Why stick their necks out?  If they'll keep their heads down then we'll just devour each other.  Again, as usual
 
2020-08-03 6:08:02 AM  

Alphax: misantropo: I would not be surprised if teachers go on strike, they will send in federal troops.

And do what?  Make teachers teach at gunpoint?


Fire them all and replace them with air traffic controllers who are remotely centralized and overworked.
 
2020-08-03 6:20:11 AM  

Alphax: misantropo: I would not be surprised if teachers go on strike, they will send in federal troops.

And do what?  Make teachers teach at gunpoint?


They should start with how to properly use a condom and then move onto evolution.
 
2020-08-03 6:20:56 AM  

Naido: It's a no-win for a lot of parents.  My kid's school has moved back the start time, and then they're giving parents a choice: send the kid to school or set them up to learn from home.

I know a lot of people who don't want to send their kids, but have to.  They've been called back to work, and have no one to prod their kid to learn all day, or even just to stay with them.  If your employer calls you back to work, you have to go; no more unemployment for you.  If you're a small businessperson and aren't already ruined, it's a minor miracle.

And it sure looks like there's no help coming.  We could have a big push, just bipartisan enough to make things move, as when Republicans tried to repeal the ACA.  But let's face it, most of us are content to be out here pointing fingers at each other and calling people names on the internet.  Hey, here's another video of an asshole!

We're well and truly farked, even if kids aren't made to go to school.


Is this biting, dry humor?

I can't tell.

Are you saying you want 3 Republicans to cross their party and vote against their own legislation?

What legislation?

I can't follow your 'bipartisan' train of thought at all.  Is this specifically about the CARES or HEALS acts?
 
2020-08-03 6:50:29 AM  
Billy Joel - Sometimes a Fantasy (Official Video)
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