A Plague of Pandemic Restrictions Builds Herd Immunity to Arbitrary Rules 

Perhaps the only thing worse than being subjected to seemingly arbitrary and intrusive rules imposed to fight a pandemic is when those same rules fail to accomplish their goals. Instead of effective infectious disease control, you get fatigue with commands issued by officials who seem to have no idea what they're doing, as we're seeing during the COVID-19 crisis. Given the resulting pushback against ineffective, nonsensical rules, expect widespread cynicism toward official dictates to linger after the virus is history. Consider New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who, early in the crisis, ordered his state's nursing homes—over their protests—to take in people who had tested positive for COVID-19. "In the weeks that followed the March 25 order," ProPublica reported, the disease "tore through New York state's nursing facilities, killing more than 6,000 people." While that fatal error did not lead Cuomo to grapple publicly with his own poor judgment, it did diminish his credibility. He later decreed which drinking establishments were allowed to open based not on health criteria but on their sale of snacks. "Establishments must only serve alcohol to people who are also ordering food," he announced. Perhaps doubtful about the antiviral powers of munchies, some bar owners complied by making menus featuring things like $1 "Cuomo chips" and penny lollipops. "More than just hors d'oeuvres, chicken wings, you had to have some substantive food," the visibly annoyed governor huffed in response. "The lowest level of substantive food were sandwiches." He was soon reduced to issuing repeated complaints about the multitude of bars engaged in "egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders." Not that New York was alone. In Texas, where forced business closures and stay-at-home orders hobbled social relations and economic activity without preventing a summer surge of COVID-19 cases, over 800 bars joined together to open in defiance of state rules. "Recently we have spoken with business owners who tell us they don't intend to follow the orders," A. Bentley Nettles, executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said in a press release. Officialdom was not happy about being ignored, but bar owners lost patience with rules that proved more effective at killing bars than eliminating viruses. The revolt among establishments serving alcoholic beverages is relatively easy to track, because they're closely monitored. But you see the same rule fatigue among barbershops, car washes, furniture stores, gyms, smoke shops, and even houses of worship. "After California Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down indoor religious services for the majority of the state, some churches chose to defy the order," The Sacramento Bee reported in late July. Newsom had already blinked once on the issue, softening restrictions after hundreds of churches vowed to reopen at the end of May despite being deemed "nonessential" and thus subject to closure orders. "The current governmental orders are not narrowly tailored here because innumerable secular enterprises and places where people gather are deemed essential, including those that pose even greater risks of COVID-19 than religious assemblies," pastors protested in an open letter. Inconsistency about whether mask wearing was virtuous or antisocial also bred defiance of mask requirements, turning the pieces of fabric into "a flash point in the virus culture wars," as The New York Times put it. Blame for the controversy can be laid, at least in part, on confusion sown by government officials themselves. "Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!" U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tweeted on February 29, in an effort to maximize masks available to health care workers. "They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus." By June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had changed its messaging and was urging general use of masks. But that guidance was contradicted by the World Health Organization, which said that "the widespread use of masks everywhere is not supported by high-quality scientific evidence." Even as calls for voluntary behavior were botched and muddled, mask mandates spread like wildfire, enforced by fines and even police stings in some jurisdictions. Inevitably, mask-wearing rules resulted in refusal and even violence by people bristling at conflicting claims and commands from supposedly responsible authorities. Beyond the human cost of COVID-19, government credibility is a victim of this pandemic. It's unlikely to recover anytime soon, no matter how the health crisis itself is resolved.

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Edmonton teen featured in ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’ for unique talent

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Parkour Becoming All the Rage in Iran

The word Parkour is derived from the French word “parcourt” which refers to traversing. It means the art of movement in the simplest, fastest way possible. With a focus on speed and simplicity, parkour’s goal is to teach everyone to jump over obstacles in one’s life. It is a fascinating sport with many fans. That said, some citizens confuse parkour with another activity: they consider all the gymnastics-based performances done in the streets to be parkour; while most of them are in fact part of a sport called free-running. Despite its great popularity and professional athletes, parkour hasn’t yet found a proper place in Iran. There are many problems in the way of this sport. The absence of proper clubs and bodies, as well as the lack of material and non-material support, are enough to discourage the parkourists. These obstacles, however, don’t hinder their activity: they continue to work with more motivation than ever. What follows are YJC’s photos of Iranian parkour athletes:

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Dad hopes his ‘candy chute’ design will save Halloween during COVID-19

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Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

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Keeping Kids Fit During Homeschooling

Keeping kids fit and moving while homeschooling can be tough, especially as winter descends upon us.  It won’t be long before we’ve got snow on the ground and the kids will be bored with their schoolwork. But kids need exercise just as much, if not more so than adults do. Keeping their bodies in good shape will help keep their immune system strong, help them sleep better, and prevent boredom. Kids like to have a schedule and some semblance of order.  A chaotic homeschool schedule will only be distracting and counterproductive.  So schedule a time for “PE, physical education” at home.  Break it into two segments if you’d like.  Just make sure it’s at the same time every day and the kids know when they are going to get a chance to move a little. If you know another family that homeschools, connect with them, and meet at a park or go on a hike together. This will also allow the kids to socialize with each other and give the parents a small break from teaching. If you need help figuring out what kind of activities they can do, consider what you have already done to keep your kids active during the summer. This could be helpful for the kids at home. If you need some ideas for winter, please read the following article: 10 Fun Winter Activities To Help Keep Kids Healthy & Happy If you want to go to a school track or park, make sure you are not interfering with public school events. Also, make sure that you have the kids do a warm-up followed by stretches. Try calisthenics, such as push-ups, sit-ups, and squats.  Have them do more each day to improve their strength. Do your favorite outdoor activity. This could be hiking in your favorite spot, swimming, going to the lake, playing your favorite sport. If you stay indoors, such as when temperatures dip into the negatives, do your favorite workouts, watch a yoga video on YouTube and follow along, or find a different fun workout to do. In addition to keeping the kids moving, you should also make sure they build other basic fundamental healthy habits. A few tips from an athlete: Have a balanced diet – give your kids a lot of vegetables.  Let them help choose what you plant in the garden. They are often very willing to try what they have helped grow. Drink lots of water – get them their own water bottles and make it their responsibility to drink from them and keep them full. Avoid sugary foods – sugar is one of the most destructive substances to the human body, and is not required in the human diet. You’ve heard of essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids, but there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. It isn’t just sugar you should be concerned with either.  Keep your eye on the glycemic index of foods. This is a gauge of how high your blood sugar will spike after eating a particular food, which could impact your child’s cognitive function.  Some fruits (such as those packaged in high fructose corn syrup) may need to be avoided in your child is having problems paying attention. Get on a sleep schedule -make sure the kids go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time to keep their bodies on the same schedule. Commit to being fit – Set up a schedule and stick to it! With so many parents making the decision to homeschool for the first time this year any tips can help! If you are a seasoned homeschooler, share some of your tips with our readers! This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on September 1st, 2020

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