I say this with a great deal of affection, but hey: Americans sure do love to rebel against the wrong things eh? Gun safety, universal healthcare, science—If it’s trying to protect or help others, burn the witch! And it’s very convenient how this bullsh*t rugged individualism baked into the national character happens to serve a very useful purpose for those in power. Solidarity? That’s for wimps and Communists. Which is funny, cos, like, on paper: ‘E pluribus unum’ innit? But then again we know that was a con back then and remains a con now. Doesn’t it, Jackie? But don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all this to paint my corner of the world as exactly enlightened by comparison. The English are pretty atrocious in their atomised selfishness too. Now, hey, what could be a timely example of that right now, hmm?
Video of drunken Brits maskless in Magaluf appals Spaniards https://t.co/Zi6FCjmQWr— The Guardian (@guardian) July 14, 2020
According to some reports the English seem ‘uniquely reluctant to wear face masks’ among Europeans,—despite having by far the worst death toll on the continent one of the worst death rates in the world. Much of this blame can be laid at the feet of the government and their quite uniquely ambivalent, responsibility-shirking messaging; and though I am firmly of the school of thought that aims to emphasise and analyse the systemic, structural reasons for the actions of the public rather than the type which seeks out the shallow, incurious answers which arise from pointing the finger at individuals, well, sometimes it can be challenging.
Anyway, speaking of individuals! That leads us nicely to the point of this post: A video of two affable dudebros trying to, in their own droll words, solve the mask shortage on Huntington Beach. Enjoy:
Ah f*ck it.
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