Monday, March 16, 2020

Bars and restaurants to temporarily close (dine-in!)

Per Governor Tim Walz's Executive Order 20-03, Minnesota bars and restaurants are ordered to be closed for dine-in or "drink-in" activities starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow - Tuesday, March 17.

Take-out and delivery will still be allowed.

I've got a lot to say about all of this. Most of what I have to say is gonna go in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. This whole thing hasn't even bit down, but it's already doing a number on the newspaper. I've adjusted the layout from 16 pages down to 12 pages for this week. The biggest cut was in sports coverage, mainly, state girls' basketball coverage. (Down from 5 pages to three for state basketball coverage) Some days, and today is no different - I am convinced that I'm just not gonna get this newspaper back on track like it was back in 2017 and 2018.

I go as our small business community goes. We've already lost a long list of small businesses in the B-B-E community since 2015. I don't get meaningful support from corporate-backed businesses in the B-B-E community. Turn through my newspaper pages. Who do you see advertising in the Voice? No, not every business is in every week. But over a four to six-week period, you will get a very good look at what businesses are keeping this newspaper going. case you missed it, here's the live link to tonight's school board meeting:

Meanwhile, if you want to track COVID-19 statistics, I found this website useful: As of the end of Monday, March 16, there have been 93 recorded death due to COVID-19 in the United States.

And back to COVID-19...
Here's something I uncovered about the World Health Organization (WHO) while researching the U.S. travel restrictions placed on China a few weeks ago.

The World Health Organization cautioned against the overuse of travel restrictions, but stopped short of saying that Trump’s decision in the U.S.  — or anyone else’s in other countries — was inappropriate.
We reiterate our call to all countries not to impose restrictions inconsistent with the International Health Regulations,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told its executive board. “Such restrictions can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit. So far, 22 countries have reported such restrictions to WHO. Where such measures have been implemented, we urge that they are short in duration, proportionate to the public health risks, and are reconsidered regularly as the situation evolves.”
This irritates me to no end. I said this a couple days ago. The WHO was more worried about offending people than actually saving lives.

The WHO's influence could have led to many more COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. than what we will experience. Thank the Lord, President Trump did not take cues from the WHO.

This illustrates why soaking up everything the major media/MSM industrial media complex dishes out is dangerous. It's dangerous to the future of our republic.

End rant.