We are Defenceless

29 Apr


April 29, 2020

Day 39

Went into town today for food and medicine and to pay some doctor’s bills that were in arrears. The pharmacy is still operating with a table blocking the door, the health food and vitamin store is taking orders by e-mail and at the hardware store one is stopped at the entrance and asked what it is that you’re looking for. Luckily, I knew exactly what to tell them and departed from their doorway with a brand new tube of white silicone caulk for the ‘laundry room’ tile job. Hurrah for Level 3!

Went to both grocery stores looking for the best fresh loaves of bread and at the checkout stands of each one I asked through my mask how level 3 was treating them and if everyone was still following all the rules. I was surprised (though I should not have been) by the answers. In both cases the checkers were quick to express their amazement and dismay at the level of idiocy being exhibited by customers after just one day out of Level 4. One of them said,  “Very few people are following the rules and it makes it very hard on us.” The other said that one lady had remarked to her that she thought “..all of that was over with now.” As I drove home it struck me that many people out there are going to relax their guard too early and that the country may pay the price. It’s like the shark has eaten a few people at the beach so everyone figures it’s full and won’t bother them and off they go into the water like nothing ever happened. Surf’s up!

If what I fear comes to pass then we can look for an upsurge in the numbers to match the upsurge in the stupid quotient. Today’s figures still reflect the discipline enforced at level 4.



2 New cases. 15 Recovered cases. Ratio of recovered cases to active cases is 83%. 17% to go. 245 people are still infected.

Will these numbers spike in two weeks as more people are out and about thinking all is back to normal?

Stay tuned.







“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless.

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, Letters and Papers from Prison

6 Responses to “We are Defenceless”

  1. rochellewisoff April 29, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

    Dear Doug,

    Next Monday, Missouri is “opening back up” with precautions in place. Colour me skeptical. Not ready to rush out into the fray myself. The Bonhoeffer quote is perfect. I’ve been saying all along stupidity is the true pandemic.

    Shalom with mask firmly in place,


    • dmmacilroy April 29, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

      Dear Rochelle,

      Cain’t fix it, neither.

      You are living through some serious history, girl. I hope you’re taking notes.

      Thanks for reading each night.

      Stay smart.

      Ciao, Bella.


  2. Russell Gayer April 29, 2020 at 5:21 pm #

    I’m on board with Rochelle. The governor announced a couple of weeks ago that easing of the restrictions would begin on May 4th. You’d have thought he meant immediately the way people started acting. When you go to the store, only about 30% are masked.

    I love the missing brain photo. 🙂

    Best wishes for success with level 3

    • dmmacilroy April 30, 2020 at 11:41 am #

      Hi Russell,

      Bidness as usual, I guess is the order of the day. People seem to get tired of having to think too much and they just return to the old ways….and get mad at anyone or anything that interferes. I believe that what we are seeing is, in effect, a surrender to what will be. The wanderers and the meanderthals (You read that right. it’s spelled with an ‘m’) are either going to catch it and live or catch it and die. Whether anyone else catches it from them is not a question they’re prepared, emotionally or intellectually, to deal with. The good news is that the lockdowns in all their varied forms helped buy some time for governments to prepare for the stress to the healthcare system that the inherent wholesale fuckwittery of ‘Muricans will unleash.

      Good luck. Stay vigilant or mildly drunk or a happy mixture of both.



  3. sustainabilitea April 29, 2020 at 10:28 pm #

    And here I thought NZ would probably be doing everything just right. I was appalled to see how few people were wearing masks when I went to Lowe’s the other day as well as at one of the grocery stores recently. Costco just announced today that starting May 1, every customer must be wearing a mask and only two people per membership are allowed inside (the better to let everyone shop in a timely manner.) They limit the number of people in the store. In one state that shall not be named, open beaches meant swarms of people and I really don’t think I saw them wearing masks or staying 6′ apart. Covidiots is a true term!


    • dmmacilroy April 30, 2020 at 11:47 am #

      Dear Janet,

      I think you’d be surprised by the number of truly ignorant, countrified dumbasses that call New Zealand home. (And I’m not talking about me here.) It’s a beautiful country full of some amazing people, but there are some who do their best to bring the average IQ back down to where it belongs. In our case I think a few days and a couple of good decisions early saved us from a great deal of grief. I am still optimistic about our chances, but not overly impressed with the stick-to-it-iveness of a certain percentage of the population. We shall see.

      Stay low. Nice post about the doors:)



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