This is probably too late, but cancel your plans. Do not travel for the holidays. Do it last minute. Lose the money you’ve already spent, and deal with hurt feelings. I’m not kidding.

I feel like a lot of people are having trouble grasping what’s going on right now. The United States has had over 260,000 people die from COVID-19. At the current rate, we’ll pass 300,000 before Midwinter. That’s literally 100 times more dead people than the attack on 9/11/2001 that served as pretext for the United States to destabilize the whole fucking planet with seemingly endless war and radically increased security and surveillance.

And that’s assuming the rate doesn’t increase.

The situation in the US is far, far worse than it was when the first half-assed “lockdown” went into effect this past spring.

Not only are resources stretched thin, but as this disease has sickened and killed healthcare workers, we are literally running out of them. We have more space for sick people than we have workers to care for them.

The governor of North Dakota has asked healthcare workers to keep working even though they have COVID-19.

Holiday travel will increase the death rate.

Holiday travel will kill thousands of people.

Don’t do it.

Stay home.

Use the internet to talk to your loved ones.

Take just one year off from your traditional celebrations so you don’t kill people.




  1. says

    As I mentioned elsewhere, Chinese New Year is the world’s largest annual mass migration of human beings; it dwarfs the US’s “thanksgiving” chaos dozens of times over.

    Last February, in the second month of COVID-19, there was no mass migration. The country was in lockdown. The only people who moved around were migrant workers returning home because businesses closed. I don’t believe China’s claimed numbers of sick and dead, but they absolutely did the right thing by cancelling all travel.

  2. StevoR says

    I live in South Australia where we were recently locked down state wide after a covid outbreak and may be again. Our lockdwon wa slifted after a few days becase it was based on somerone lying -specifically claiming they got covid froma pizza delivery rather than a co-worker.

    I completely agree with you.

    This virus is deadly. Lives matter more than money and the economy -which is stuffed anyhow beacsue of covid even if its opened up.

    Yes. Have a zoom thanksgiving now to avoid a covid funeral over Xmas / NewYears.

    Wear masks, follow expert medical advice.

    Don’t let some bulldust ideology fool you into giving your family and friends an illness that may kill them and likely harm them for the rest of their lives – and since you may be so selfish – yours too.

    This isn’t a joke or a game or a fictional abstract exercise, it is a real life or death choice so choose wisely, thinkand be kind, and be prepared to face the consequences if you don’t.

    It shouldn’t be this hard to get that understood.

    Yet here we are.

    Having to state the obvious.

    With 260, 00 plus dea Amercian citizens and one and half millionand rsing deaths globally. ( )

  3. StevoR says

    PS. Another moral of the SA lockdown story – maybe make sure people don’t have to work two (or more) jobs just to make ends meet and don’t fear losing or even revealing theyare working at a job so much they’d rather lie -and thereby kill others- than do so.

    Apologies for all my typos, really far too late at ..early morning .. and can’t type well even when not here.

  4. says

    The governor of North Dakota has asked healthcare workers to keep working even though they have COVID-19.

    Yep, that’s what makes North Dakota the libertarians’ favorite state…

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