by William Skink
I didn’t work yesterday, so had the opportunity to join the masses in the great rush to stockpile.
At Sportsmen’s Warehouse the cashier consulted his list and took back several boxes of ammunition I was going to purchase. He apologized and said they had just got word to put limits on certain kinds of ammunition.
At Murdoch’s I stocked up on chicken feed. Got to keep our little clucking egg machines happy and producing. My wife braved Costco and said it was absolute madness. The traffic was snarled in all directions from the mad rush.
The Good Food Store was packed. Lots of people shooting anxious looks about as they got forced into closer proximity with others than they were comfortable with. I mused to the woman packing my food how my dad used to laugh at me for ordering emergency food rations. She replied that the one thing she kept from her Mormon upbringing was maintaining an emergency food supply.
At the bank I made a withdrawal to add to the mattress fund (that’s a metaphor, it’s in a safe). The bank teller expressed frustration that non-toilet paper hoarders need to resupply as well. She’s still waiting for her online order to arrive.
Most people seem to be getting this is serious. Logjam presents front page now looks like this:
Clicking more info tells you this:
Given the recent news regarding COVID-19, we want to let you know that we are taking this seriously and are taking as many preventative measures as possible to protect our patrons and community. We also need to inform you that this may impact upcoming events.
Logjam has a custodial staff that’s dedicated to cleaning and sanitizing our venues every day of operation. This includes thorough sanitization of tables, chairs, benches, counters, bar fixtures, bathrooms, etc. Our managers are very diligent in making sure these sanitizing steps are taken every day.
As usual, our employees are required to follow common-sense guidelines by not coming to work if they show symptoms of illness.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available for use at all Logjam venues during ticketed events. We also ask that all patrons take everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of illness.
Some touring musicians have begun to postpone or cancel events in certain areas. Logjam is working with artists on an individual basis to decide on postponements or cancellations.
But some people don’t seem to be getting this is serious. The pastor at my parents church, for example, went ahead with a trip to Hawaii. He left with his family just a few days ago.
And Missoula’s public schools are still, as of this writing, planning on having students return to classes after Spring Break.
Now that Montana has 4 confirmed cases I expect public schools will eventually make the call to keep kids home.
Beyond the health impacts the Coronavirus will produce, at best, a global recession. More than likely it will be much worse than that.
The income inequality that’s exploded through intentional central bank policy over the past decade–policies intended to paper over the insolvency of zombie banks and to keep stock prices artificially juice–will come into stark focus as this crisis develops.
If people can’t afford to stay home with their kids the virus will spread faster and more people will die.
If people can’t afford to be tested the virus will spread faster and more people will die.
If people can’t afford to miss a few paychecks because that means no food on the table, things will get desperate and more dangerous for everyone.
The next few days and weeks are going to be critical. Do what you can to prepare yourself for what comes next.