Weekend Open Thread: “Thank You, Masked Man!”, Part 1


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First, there’s this:And then, there’s this, courtesy of (i.e., swiped from) Dr. Bill Honigman (for whom you should vote for Bernie delegate in CD 45, let’s not forget!)  If you still don’t get why you and others should be wearing masks (when outside and away from your home-mates), here’s a memorable explanation.

And this doesn’t even GET INTO droplets contaminating surfaces!

One thing to add from today’s news: yes, droplets — especially those that can stay alive on surfaces for a long time — are indeed the enemy .  But not an enemy for which your body is incapable of fighting.

A few droplets floating in the air aren’t likely to infect you.  If they enter your body, your body’s immune system is well-equipped to fight them off.  What gets you infected is when there is more of the virus is introduced than your immune system can handle.  (It’s a pretty good analogy to what happens when the hospital system is swamped by too many cases.)  So, your wearing a mask, while imperfect, is probably even better protection that we have thought!

And if you haven’t seen the plans for coffee filter masks, check them out!  When I blow through mine with my hand in front of my face, I don’t even feel even a puff of air.  And if you cover yours with a bandana, the filter mask doesn’t even need to be disposed, because the bandana protects it and can be laundered.

This is your belated Weekend Open Thread.  The version (on the same subject, but less funny) I had been preparing should be ready by next weekend.  Talk about peeing on your neighbors, or whatever else you’d like, from a reasonable safe distance.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)