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Some Fairfax Students Go Back to School 2 Days a Week, Wear Masks, Sit 6 Feet Apart While Their Teachers Stay Home

Is this really what reopening looks like?


A Fairfax, Virginia, high school has at long last reopened: Some students can now come to class two days a week, sit in desks that are six feet apart, open up their laptops, and receive virtual instruction from their teacher, who remains at home. An additional school employee—one of 800 new "classroom monitors"—sits in the classroom with the students.

Rational parents might object that such a school—Annandale High School—is not meaningfully reopened in any sense, but this is what students are being asked to live with for the foreseeable future. Under Fairfax's reopening plans, thousands of teachers will be permitted to keep teaching from home—even if their students are back in the classroom.

The Biden administration has maintained that reopening schools is one of its top priorities. But White House spokesperson Jen Psaki recently said that the government would settle for 50 percent of schools being opened one day a week. Even if schools do reopen more concretely in the fall—and that's a big if—aggressive social distancing measures are likely to remain in place. Students will be expected to wear masks and sit six feet apart, even though the latter requirement is difficult for many schools to meet (they just don't have the room).

Meanwhile, teachers union leaders are insisting on other protocols that will gum up reopening efforts, like power-washing of surfaces (which is not actually important for COVID-19 mitigation). And the unions wish for these costly countermeasures to remain in place even after their members have all had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

It's becoming quite clear that public school students in many large, urban districts will be expected to cope with a substandard classroom experience for at least the rest of 2021. Legislators in states across the country should respond by expanding school choice for families; no kid should be stuck in a classroom, masked and socially distant, receiving instructions from a remote teacher via Zoom, because there was no other option.

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  1. So the union got another 800 employees on the books. This is why public sector unions should be treated as the enemy they are

    1. But since the students are doing the same thing they would’ve done at home, just congregating in a building to do so and wearing masks for the privilege, it’s clear those 800 employees are baby sitters.

      1. Public babysitters union.

    2. I’m not sure that the monitors are union. They’re just cannon fodder for the union teachers (and their union dues and political contributions) who are too important to risk.

    3. In WA, a group of teachers has filed suit against Governor Inslee. There was a court decision awhile back that removed the compulsory requirement for teachers to join the union. So the state and the union state conspired so that it’s vary difficult to opt out of union membership. Dues are deducted by the state before the teachers receive their pay. Which prevents teachers from stopping payment.

      It’s a big scam.

  2. “It’s becoming quite clear that public school students in many large, urban districts will be expected to cope with a substandard classroom experience for at least the rest of 2021.”

    The classroom experience for students in urban districts has **always** been substandard. And, so that we are clear, the substandard environment It has nothing to do with remote learning and everything with the fact that most of the “educators” in urban public schools are, by and large, affirmative actions hires that aren’t qualified to make toast.

    1. I would point out that with the number of years experience many of these teachers have, a surprisingly high number of them are in fact qualified to make toast. Just don’t ask them to explain where the bread goes.

    2. If wonder if advanced students in such schools would be better off if they were put in a classroom, handed a book, and told “figure it out for yourself”.

      1. Of course they would.

        However, without directed learning, they might come to learn the wrong truths.

      2. Reminds me of my education. The teacher would show up stoned and take a nap while we were expected to figure it out ourselves.

    3. Honestly, most teachers in urban public schools are white, turbo-shitlibs who go in thinking they’ll “make a difference.”

      After a couple of years of dealing with the exponential cultural enrichment of these places, they’re usually high-tailing it to private schools or the suburbs.

  3. Just LOL

  4. one of 800 new “classroom monitors”

    This has been a major burden on union leadership, who pissed themselves laughing.

  5. To date, 28.3 million Americans (8.56%) have tested positive for covid. Since CDC estimates 4.6 times more Americans have been infected with covid (than have tested positive), about 130.3 million Americans (39.36%) have been infected with covid.

    Since just 5 cases of covid reinfection have been identified in the US (and just 49 worldwide), virtually all of the estimated 130.3 million Americans previously infected with covid remain immune.

    But Anthony Fauci continues to lie about immunity conferred by past infection (as he is campaigning to vaccinate all Americans). On Sunday’s NBC News he falsely claimed “Prior infection doesn’t protect you against reinfection.” George Stephanopoulos never inquired further, allowing Fauci’s Big Lie to spread all over the US.

    More than 50 million Americans (15%) have received covid vaccines, but only about 30 million (9%) have become immune due to the vaccine (as the other 20 million were already immune due to past infection).

    Since 39% of Americans are immune due to past infection, and since an additional 9% are now immune due to vaccines, about 48% of all Americans are now immune from covid.

    Herd immunity occurs when/after about two-thirds of a population has been infected or vaccinated, and is now occurring in thousands of communities, hundreds of counties and more than a dozen states.

    States with the highest covid case rates, and CDC estimated infection rates (i.e. 4.6 times the case rate) are:

    Case Rate – State (CDC Estimated Infection Rate)
    12.9% – North Dakota (59.5%)
    12.5% – South Dakota (57.4%)
    11.5% – Rhode Island (52.9%)
    11.3% – Utah (51.9%)
    11.1% – Tennessee (51.1%)
    11.0% – Arizona (50.5%)
    10.5% – Oklahoma (48.2%)
    10.5% – Iowa (48.1%)
    10.4% – Wisconsin (48.0%)
    10.4% – Arkansas (47.7%)
    10.2% – Nebraska (46.9%)
    9.9% – Kansas (45.8%)
    9.8% – Alabama (45.2%)
    9.7% – Mississippi (44.5%)
    9.6% – Indiana (44.4%)

    Since states (and counties) with the highest covid testing rates almost certainly found higher covid case rates than states with the lowest covid testing rates, the actual infection rates in North Dakota, South Dakota, Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas & Alabama are very likely higher than the estimates above
    (as those states conducted <.56 tests per capita).

    Meanwhile, the actual infection rate in Rhode Island (which conducted 2.6 tests per capita) is very likely lower than the estimate above.

    1. Natural herd immunity explains why the rate of new daily covid cases has plummeted in more than a dozen states during the past 2 – 3 months, which can be understood by seeing graphs at:

      New covid cases have declined by >75% in more than half of all states, with the most significant declines occurring in:
      Wyoming -95.6%
      North Dakota -95.0%
      Alaska -94.7%
      South Dakota -92.2%
      Idaho -91.9%
      Wisconsin -89.5%
      Montana –88.9%
      Michigan -88.2%
      Minnesota -88.1%
      Iowa -88.0%
      Missouri -87.4%
      Washington -87.1%
      New Mexico -86.6%
      California -84.6%
      Illinois -84.4%
      Indiana -83.2%
      Tennessee -83.0%
      Arkansas -81.3%
      Ohio -80.4%
      Nevada -78.7%
      Kansas -77.7%
      Utah -77.6%
      Oregon -77.6%
      Colorado -76.9%
      West Virginia -76.1%
      Nebraska -75.7%
      Maine -75.5%
      Pennsylvania -74.5%

      1. To see the hundreds of counties that have or are now achieving herd immunity, just look at the purple counties at

        Since the CDC estimates 4.6 times more Americans were infected with covid (than tested positive), many/most of the 181 counties with a covid case rate (i.e. positive tests) greater than 13% have already or are very close to achieving herd immunity 60% are already immune due to past infection (13% x 4.6 = 60%), while about an additional 6%-7% have become immune via vaccine (in those counties), for a combined immunity rate of two thirds, which is when herd immunity occurs.

        As the covid vaccination rates continue to increase (about 10% of Americans are now immune due to vaccines), herd immunity will soon spread to many/most lighter shaded purple counties (that now have covid case rates between 11%–13%).

        Herd immunity is coming to the USA. But nobody wants to be first to admit it because they might get cancelled for pointing out that Fauci (who wants to vaccinate everyone) has been lying about the miniscule risk of covid reinfection, and continues to deny that almost half of Americans are now immune, which is why new cases have dropped sharply in the past 2 – 3 months in many states.

        1. Thanks for the updates.

        2. The worldometers website is also projecting that covid cases will continue plummeting in most states in America and attain herd immunity in the next several months.

          1. Stay on this Bill. Thanks again.

          2. Whether it’s because of immunity or other reasons, just projecting the trend lines, the pandemic ends by the end of this month.

            1. I’m not sure the pandemic of fear will ever end. The politicians, media, and medical establishment will see to that.

          3. “The worldometers website is also projecting that covid cases will continue plummeting in most states in America and attain herd immunity in the next several months.”

            And the tin-pot dictators like Newsom will continue to demand death to small businesses!

          4. According to projections at (which I consider pretty close to reality), the following 26 states will continue to experience huge declines in new covid cases and attain herd immunity within the next month or two.
            AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, MN, MS, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, PA, WI, TN, UT, WV, WY.

            According to projections at, the following 15 states will continue to experience significant declines in new covid cases and attain herd immunity within the next two or three months.
            CT, DE, CD, GA, KY, MD, MI, MO, NH, NJ, NC, RI, SC, TX, VA.

            According to projections at, the following 6 states will continue to experience declines in new covid cases, but may experience an increase, during the next four or five months.
            HI, IL, ME, MA, OR, WA

            Perhaps most notable (and least likely to occur), according to projections at, the following 4 states will experience increases in new covid cases during the next four or five months.
            CA, FL, NY, VT

            One thing that jumps out is that many/most Red states will experience herd immunity before many/most Blue states, which should also change the political discussions and school/restaurant/bar/sports lockdown policies in Blue states.

            1. As of 2/17/21, 66 counties had a covid case rate above 15%
              Crowley, CO – 33.0% (State Prison)
              Chattahoochee, GA – 27.5% (Fort Benning)
              Bent, CO – 24.2% (State Prison)
              Dewey, SD – 23.6% (Indian Reservation)
              Lincoln, AR – 23.3% (State Prison)
              Lake, TN – 22.5% (State Prison)
              Norton, KS – 22.0% (State Prison)
              Bon Homme, SD – 21.5% (State Prison)
              Trousdale, TN – 21.5% (State Prison)
              Buffalo, SD – 20.6% (Indian Reservation)
              Buena Vista, IA – 20.4% (Meat Packing)
              Scurry, TX – 20.0% (State Prison)
              Alfalfa, OK – 19.7% (State Prison)
              Eddy, ND – 19.7%
              Ellsworth, KS – 19.4% (State Prison)
              Bethel, AK – 19.3%
              Forest, PA – 18.8% (State Prison)
              Jackson, AR – 18.6% (State Prison)
              Dakota, NE – 18.4% (Meat Packing)
              Childress, TX – 18.2% (State Prison)
              Lee, AR – 18.1% (State Prison)
              Lassen, CA – 18.0% (State Prisons)
              Lafayette, FL – 17.9% (State Prison)
              Hale, TX – 17.7% (State Prison)
              Big Horn, MT – 17.5% (Indian Reservation)
              Nobles, MN – 17.4% (Meat Packing)
              Lincoln, CO – 17.3% (State Prison)
              Seward, KS – 17.2% (Meat Packing)
              Pawnee, KS – 17.2% (State Prison)
              Logan, CO – 17.2% (State Prison)
              Wayne, TN – 17.2% (State Prison)
              Maverick, TX – 17.2%
              Foster, ND – 17.1%
              Menominee, WI – 17.0% (Indian Reservation)
              Yuma, AZ – 17.0%
              Sheridan, KS – 16.8%
              Lee, KY – 16.7%
              Texas, OK – 16.6% (State Prison)
              Potter, SD – 16.4%
              McKinley, NM – 16.4%
              Walsh, ND – 16.3%
              Ford, KS – 16.3% (Meat Packing)
              Santa Cruz, AZ – 16.3%
              Finney, KS – 16.2% (Meat Packing)
              Aurora, SD – 16.1%
              Crocket, TX – 16.1%
              Morton, ND – 15.8%
              Stutsman, ND – 15.6% (State Prison)
              East Carroll, LA – 15.6%
              Madison, ID – 15.6%
              Lyman, SD – 15.6%
              Lubbock, TX – 15.5%
              Val Verde, TX – 15.4%
              Nelson, ND – 15.3%
              Webb, TX – 15.3%
              Yell, AR – 15.3%
              Culberson, TX – 15.2%
              Burleigh, ND – 15.2% (State Prison)
              Haywood, TN – 15.2%
              East Feliciana, LA – 15.2%
              Cass, IL – 15.2%
              Richmond, VA – 15.1% (State Prison)
              Faulk, SD – 15.1%
              Chicot, AR – 15.1%
              Woodward, OK – 15.1%
              Whitfield, GA – 15.0%

              1. As of 2/17/21, 117 counties in the US had covid case rates between 13% – 14.9%.
                Dickey, ND – 14.9%
                Lamb, TX – 14.9%
                Davison, SD – 14.8%
                Sevier, AR – 14.8%
                Benson, ND – 14.7%
                Imperial, CA – 14.7%
                Sioux, ND – 14.7%
                Clinton, IL – 14.7%
                Morgan, KY – 14.7%
                Pickett, TN – 14.6%
                Zavala, TX – 14.6%
                Rolette, ND – 14.6%
                Moore, TN – 14.5%
                Toole, MT – 14.5%
                Bolivar, MS — 14.4%
                Hansford, TX – 14.4%
                Plymouth, IA – 14.4%
                Oglala Lakota, SD – 14.3%
                Obion, TN – 14.3%
                Gove, KS – 14.3%
                Okfuskee, OK – 14.3%
                Lawrence, IL – 14.3%
                Douglas, SD – 14.3%
                Minnehaha, SD – 14.3%
                Nemaha, KS – 14.3%
                Crawford, IA – 14.3%
                Miami Dade, FL – 14.3%
                El Paso, TX – 14.3%
                Kusilvak, AK – 14.3%
                Teton, WY – 14.3%
                Kings, CA – 14.3%
                Hemphill, TX – 14.2%
                Wilbarger, TX – 14.2%
                Fayette, IL – 14.2%
                Clarke, AL – 14.2%
                Colfax, NE – 14.2%
                Apache, AZ – 14.1% (Indian Reservation)
                Republic, KS – 14.1%
                Beadle, SD – 14.1%
                Trego, KS – 14.1%
                Utah, UT – 14.1%
                Perry, IL – 14.1%
                Kearny, KS – 14.0%
                Potter, TX – 14.0% (State Prisons)
                Dyer, TN – 14.0%
                Pershing, NV – 14.0%
                Coddington, SD – 13.9%
                Love, OK — 13.9%
                Hot Spring, AR – 13.9%
                Stark, ND – 13.9%
                Dimmit, TX — 13.9%
                Ramsey, ND – 13.9%
                Roosevelt, MT – 13.9%
                Adair, OK – 13.8%
                Hale, AL – 13.8%
                Deaf Smith, TX – 13.8%
                Henry, IA – 13.8%
                Cass, IN – 13.8%
                Madison, LA – 13.8%
                Navajo, AZ – 13.8% (Indian Reservation)
                Graham, AZ – 13.7%
                Hall, TX — 13.7%
                Grand Forks, ND – 13.7%
                Dodge, WI – 13.7%
                Rush, KS – 13.7%
                Golden Valley, ND – 13.7%
                Macon, TN — 13.7%
                Jones, TX – 13.7%
                Stewart, GA – 13.7%
                Van Buren, TN — 13.7%
                Clay, TN — 13.7%
                Dubois, IN – 13.7%
                Crockett, TN – 13.7%
                Tom Green, TX – 13.6%
                Griggs, ND – 13.6%
                Towner, ND – 13.6%
                Jones, IA – 13.6%
                Union, MS – 13.6%
                Terry, TX – 13.6%
                Dawson, TX – 13.5% (State Prison)
                Sanborn, SD – 13.5%
                Charles Mix, SD – 13.5%
                Sioux, IA – 13.5%
                Wright, IA – 13.5%
                Thomas, KS – 13.5%
                Custer, OK — 13.5%
                Murray, OK — 13.5%
                Pickaway, OH – 13.5%
                Starr, TX – 13.4%
                Hardeman, TN – 13.4% (State Prisons)
                Clinch, GA — 13.4%
                St. Francis, AR – 13.4%
                Webster, IA – 13.4%
                Ward, ND – 13.4%
                Kandiyohi, MN – 13.4%
                Mississippi, AR — 13.3%
                Sans Saba, TX — 13.3%
                Saline, NE – 13.3%
                Bledsoe, TN — 13.3% (State Prison)
                Grant, SD — 13.3%
                McCook, SD — 13.2%
                Miller, GA — 13.2%
                Reno, KS — 13.2%
                Woodbury, IA – 13.2%
                Chaves, NM — 13.2%
                Woods, OK — 13.2%
                Jerauld, SD – 13.1%
                Muskogee, OK — 13.1%
                Craig, OK — 13.1%
                Decatur, TN — 13.1%
                Brule, SD – 13.1%
                Calhoun, IA – 13.1%
                Putnam, TN – 13.0%
                Cottle, TX – 13.0%
                Carroll, IA — 13.0%
                Effingham, IL — 13.0%
                San Bernardino, CA – 13.0%

        3. Herd immunity won’t mean a damn as far as social distancing, the stupid masks, and the lot are concerned if Fauci has his way and the Biden Administration Follows the Science(tm). This is because he has said that he is so worried about mutations that haven’t even happened yet that he believes we can’t let up until COVID has been 100% eliminated. Lets ignore the fact that it took one to two centuries (depending on one’s definition of “vaccine”) and after decades we still haven’t eradicated the measles. Things don’t return to normal as long as that guy is in a position of influence.

          1. When/after new covid cases drop by another 75%, most Americans will be demanding a return to normal.

          2. At the grocery store last weekend, the checkout girl (about my daughter’s age) was talking to me. I could hear her fine when I was loading groceries onto the conveyor belt, but when I was standing at the card reader with the plexiglass between us, I told her I couldn’t understand her anymore. I said between the plexiglass and the mask, she’d really need to speak up. She pulled down her mask and said that if I wanted to I could stand where the groceries were collecting on her side of the plexiglass so we could keep talking. She was that starved for human contact. The pandemic hysteria is worst for the young. For people her age, I get the sense that even if you don’t buy into the madness, there’s just nothing happening right now.

    2. States with highest covid case rates (i.e. % of population who have tested positive), CDC estimated infection rates (i.e. 4.6 times the case rate), and vaccination rates (i.e. % receiving first dose) are:

      States with the high rates of Covid Cases Immunity Case Rate – Infection Rate – Vaccination Rate – Immunity Rate
      State – Cases (Infections) + (Vaccines x New Immunity) = Immunity
      North Dakota – 13.1% (60.1%) + (16.9% x 36%) = 66.2%
      South Dakota – 12.6% (58.1%) + (18.0% x 38%) = 64.9%
      Rhode Island – 11.8% (54.2%) + (13.9% x 41%) = 59.9%
      Iowa – 11.5% (52.7%) + (14.5% x 42%) = 58.8%
      Arizona – 11.2% (51.3%) + (15.4% x 44%) = 58.1%
      Utah – 11.5% (52.9%) + (11.1% x 42%) = 57.6%
      Tennessee – 11.3% (51.8%) + (11.2% x 43%) = 56.6%
      Oklahoma – 10.6% (48.9%) + (15.2% x 46%) = 55.9%
      Wisconsin – 10.5% (48.5%) + (14.9% x 46%) = 55.4%
      Arkansas – 10.5% (48.4%) + (12.4% x 46%) = 54.1%
      Nebraska – 10.3% (47.5%) + (13.8% x 47%) = 54.0%
      Kansas – 10.1% (46.6%) + (12.4% x 48%) = 52.5%
      Alabama – 10.0% (45.9%) + (11.8% x 49%) = 51.6%
      Indiana – 9.8% (44.8%) + (13.2% x 50%) = 51.4%
      Wyoming – 9.3% (42.9%) + (15.9% x 51%) = 51.0%
      Mississippi – 9.8% (45.1%) + (12.0% x 49%) = 51.0%
      Montana – 9.3% (42.7%) + (15.8% x 52%) = 50.9%
      New Mexico – 8.8% (40.3%) + (19.3% x 54%) = 50.7%
      Nevada – 9.5% (43.6%) + (13.3% x 51%) = 50.4%
      Idaho – 9.5% (43.8%) + (12.8% x 51%) = 50.3%
      Illinois – 9.3% (42.8%) + (14.1% x 51%) = 50.0%
      Georgia – 9.4% (43.1%) + (11.4% x 51%) = 48.9%
      Louisiana – 9.2% (42.2%) + (12.8% x 52%) = 48.9%
      California – 8.9% (41.2%) + (14.1% x 53%) = 48.7%
      Kentucky – 9.0% (41.2%) + (13.0% x 53%) = 48.1%
      Delaware – 8.8% (40.4%) + (13.9% x 54%) = 47.9%
      Texas – 9.1% (41.7%) + (11.4% x 52%) = 47.6%
      New Jersey – 8.7% (40.2%) + (13.6% x 54%) = 47.5%
      US Mean – 8.8% (40.3%) + (13.4% x 54%) = 47.5%
      Florida – 8.8% (40.4%) + (13.4% x 54%) = 47.4%
      Alaska – 7.6% (35.0%) + (21.1% x 58%) = 47.3%
      Massachusetts – 8.3% (38.3%) + (16.0% x 56%) = 47.2%
      Minnesota – 8.5% (39.2%) + (14.2% x 55%) = 47.0%
      New York – 8.5% (39.0%) + (12.5% x 55%) = 45.9%
      Missouri – 8.5% (39.0%) + (12.2% x 55%) = 45.7%
      Connecticut – 7.8% (35.9%) + (16.9% x 58%) = 45.6%
      Ohio – 8.2% (37.8%) + (13.0% x 56%) = 45.1%
      North Carolina – 8.1% (37.3%) + (13.3% x 56%) = 44.8%
      West Virginia – 7.3% (33.5%) + (16.4% x 60%) = 43.3%
      Colorado – 7.4% (33.8%) + (14.5% x 60%) = 42.4%
      Pennsylvania – 7.2% (33.3%) + (13.4% x 60%) = 41.3%
      Virginia – 6.7% (30.8%) + (14.0% x 62%) = 39.5%
      Michigan – 6.4% (29.5%) + (12.9% x 63%) = 38.4%
      Maryland – 6.3% (28.8%) + (12.6% x 64%) = 36.9%
      D.C. – 5.7% (26.0%) + (15.7% x 67%) = 36.5%
      New Hampshire – 5.5% (25.1%) + (14.0% x 67%) = 34.5%
      Washington – 4.5% (20.5%) + (13.6% x 72%) = 30.2%
      Oregon – 3.7% (16.8%) + (13.5% x 75%) = 26.9%
      Maine – 3.3% (15.1%) + (15.3% x 76%) = 26.8%
      Vermont – 2.4% (10.9%) + (15.4% x 80%) = 23.2%
      Hawaii – 1.9% (8.9%) + (15.9% x 82%) = 21.9%

  6. Annandale High School

    William and Mary won’t do.

    1. And fugedabout Biff and Muffy

      1. Uh…yeah.

  7. It’s becoming quite clear that public school students in many large, urban districts will be expected to cope with a substandard classroom experience for at least the rest of 2021.

    All those poor, minority children at Sidwell Friends School…

  8. This is bullshit.

    The message to teachers should be very simple: Get your ass back into the classroom, or face immediate dismissal.

    I thought we were following the science. Evidently not, if public sector unions are involved.

    1. “Science”, as determined by politicians and special interest groups.

      And since I haven’t said it in a while, fuck Phil Murphy.

      1. I’ll join you there: Phuck Phailing Phil Murphy

    2. “I thought we were following the science.”

      We are. We are following the same science that these talented teachers are imparting to America’s children: the science of perpetual grievance.

      An object in grievance will remain in grievance unless and until all white people are dead.

      1. OK; now I have TWO reasons to live forever.
        One is to bankrupt social security, now the second is to piss those guys off.

      2. Haha. Yup.

    3. CDC admitted Monday they changed their school protocols after inputs from teachers unions.

      1. But no students, and no parents of students (aka taxpayers).

      2. But they’re totes NOT a political organization.

  9. So glad Reason can run stories about Bean Dad, Larry Flint and Fairfax schools, while half of Texas gets told the power to their home is non-essential because providers were given federal incentives by the cubic buttload to invest in solar panels and wind turbines that have failed miserably.

    Y’all can fuck off and die, Reason.

    P.S. This is the actual high school I graduated from and I still don’t give a shit.

    1. As long as John Kerry doesn’t have to see wind turbines spoiling his view on Nantucket, he’s ok with some common rabble freezing to death.

    2. Holy shit can you link me a story about this?

      1. LOL I read a New York Times article that explains this is climate change and we can expect more of this in the future.

        No wonder they dropped ‘global warming’ and went with ‘climate change’. Been preaching about how earth is going to get to hot, but now there’s a major snowstorm? Climate change has you covered!

        1. Yes. Everything that appears the slightest abnormal is immediately equated to GCC. The problem is, this is not abnormal. A little atypical but not something the world hasn’t seen before. The weather moves west to east and typically in winter the cold air comes down through Canada. Once in awhile we get the Polar Vortex and in the case of this week’s weather, the Artic Blast. This brings down super cold air and of course when it hits a warmer front, gives us heavy winter weather. Tough stuff but not GCC.
          Here is the Weather Service view:

    3. Who told them power to their home is non essential? I don’t doubt it but I would like tk see an article about that

    4. You should refresh the page so that you can find out from Mr. Bailey that wind is totally not part of the problem!

    5. That is mostly horseshit. The main reason ERCOT (the Texas electric grid) is having so many problems is because the FUEL systems have frozen up and aren’t delivering FUEL to the generating plants. A second part of the problem is that things like turbines and generators themselves have frozen up. Which is a problem that wind has – but is a bigger problem when all other generators/engines/etc freeze up and instead start creating more demand for electric. And an even bigger problem re wind in TX because wind turbines in TX do not spend as much cold-weatherizing turbines there as operators do in say ND.

      Why Texas is having a bigger problem with a bitter cold snap than say Minnesota has nothing to do with wind/solar and everything to do with the reality that TX is always going to have a bigger problem with a bitter cold snap. Just as MN is more likely to have a bigger problem with a brutal heat wave. In the governor’s own words – can’t prepare ‘for this type of event, because the last time we had this type of weather was more than 100 years ago’.

      1. And here’s an article directly about ERCOT generation capacity decline over the weekend

        Most of those generators that went offline during the night, last night, were either—there a few additional wind generators that went offline during the night—but the majority of them were thermal generators, like generation fueled by gas, coal, or nuclear, And so most of the plants that went offline during the evening and morning today were fueled by one of those sources.

        1. Both things can be a problem.

          There were two problems, one short term and one long term—which exacerbated the short-term one.

          The short-term failure came at about 1 a.m. Monday when ERCOT should have seen the loads soaring due to plummeting temperatures, and arranged for more generation.

          Texas came very close to having a system-wide outage for the whole state (in the ERCOT area, about 85% of the state) due to not arranging for more generation.

          This tripped the grid, knocking some reliable thermal plants (gas and coal) offline. This was a failure of the grid operator (ERCOT) not the power plants.

          In the last four to five years, Texas lost a net of 3,000 megawatts of thermal out of a total installed capacity 73,000 megawatts today.

          We lost the thermal power because operators couldn’t see a return on investment due to be undercut by wind and solar, which is cheap for two reasons—it’s subsidized and it doesn’t have to pay for the costs of grid reliability by purchasing battery farms or contracting with gas peaker plants to produce power when needed, not when they can.

          Meanwhile, Texas has seen a growth of 20,000 megawatts of wind and solar over the same period to a total of 34,000 megawatts of installed capacity statewide, though they rarely perform anywhere close to capacity.

          Wind and solar, with state and federal subsidies, have pushed reliable thermal operators out of business or prevented new generation from being built as operators can’t make money off of the market.

          This reduced the capacity margin—grids must have excess capacity to ensure stability.

      2. You’re wrong on a couple details – some significant, others less so. First, yes it’s a problem when wind turbines freeze up. No, the increase in demand (whether caused by customers wanting more or by other supplies shutting down) does not make that problem worse. Wind turbines freeze up when they are needed most but demand-loading is irrelevant to that failure mode.

        Yes, you can winterize wind turbines (some). Doing so increases the cost and decreases the already tenuous cost-benefit of a wind-based generation facility. However, despite the governor’s self-serving claim, this is not an especially unusual “century-scale” weather event but even if it was, yes this most definitely is the sort of thing that competent managers plan for if they want to stay in business. Which, by the way, tells you exactly why they didn’t have adequate plans – as a government monopoly, they have no incentive worry about it.

        To your core point, though (and Soave’s in the other article), yes a number of natural gas facilities also went offline, either because of cold-related failures or because the fuel was diverted to direct heating. That does not change the fact that at the margin, the wind-based failures made the crisis much worse. Those natural gas failures were going to happen anyway. But for the subsidies to less-reliable “renewables”, the impact of those LNG failures on the community would have been much smaller.

      3. Fuck off and die you hack. I still have no power and it is below freezing in my house because some quasi-governmental fucking agency said so.

        Lie some more, liar. Renewables suck ass.

    6. well, Reason just posted the article on Texas power shortages, but missed the cause

    7. Don’t refresh to the latest story.

  10. This is horse shit. As a parent AND an instructor, I find this politicization of education to be completely abhorrent.

    I have three school-age children and one of the largest suburban districts in my city. They attend school 5 days a week, masked, and reasonably distanced at around 3 ft. In the entire district which has tens of thousands of students and workers, we’ve had only a few dozen infections, only a handful of which could be traced to the actual school.

    Schools are the safest place for kids, and even teachers, to be.

    At the college at which I teach, we have been live in the classroom the entire fall and spring semesters. After a brief spike in cases at the beginning of the school year, the community of students focused on keeping open, and it has been well under control ever since. We all mask up and keep our distance, because we know that is the only way we continue in-classroom instruction. All of our instructors want to be in the classroom, and all of our students want to be there, also.

    No case transmissions have been traced to the classroom.

    It is time to put an end to this insanity, and get back to the business of educating people. By taking some simple, reasonable precautions, we can navigate the world with an easily mitigated amount of risk. So let’s get to it.

    1. Stop acting like masks are doing anything for you.

      1. He didn’t say that. He said it was the only way to maintain classroom instruction. The only way I can enter a grocery store in Illinois is to wear the uniform. Doesn’t mean I think it has anything to do with disease transmission.

        1. Correct. There is nothing magical about masking. It’s a minor irritation we put up with to keep operating.

          I will contend that what HAS worked is having a community of students, staff, faculty and administration that genuinely care about the wellbeing of one another. I care about their health, they care about mine, and we treat each other accordingly.

          1. You mentioned masks twice.

          2. “…I care about their health, they care about mine, and we treat each other accordingly.”

            Oh, aren’t you SPECIAL, Karen!
            Fuck off and die.

    2. “…As a parent AND an instructor, I find this politicization of education to be completely abhorrent…”

      As a human I do to, especially your effort to do so, you pathetic piece of lefty shit.
      Fuck off and die.

  11. I’ve been fighting these oppressive restrictions since they started a year ago. But we have to admit we lost and they won. And Trump lost and Biden won fair and square. Otherwise we will keep living in this fantasy land that “People will reject socialism because they now see how evil it is.” No they don’t. We need to stop cowardly attacking our allies here in our safe space and get out there and fight the enemy and stop making excuses for losing.

  12. So basically, it’s study hall.

    1. Without the study part

  13. Whatever skills or talents public school teachers do have, they’re nowhere near specialized and rare enough to warrant remote teaching. Public school curriculum is subpar and even the in-person teaching is, on a good day, adequate. This is pure craziness.

  14. Government schools are welfare programs – make work jobs programs for largely unemployable government non-workers and and daycare programs for deadbeat parents that bred kids for which they can’t or won’t care.

  15. Now fire the “teachers” and replace them with Khan Academy.

  16. This article barely mentions that there’s a reason we can’t pack people into rooms like cattle just now. The world is a complex set of problems. But that’s why we have libertarianism, I suppose.

    It’s also great for using disasters to shill for the next doomed-to-fail privatization scheme. I think it’s pretty clear who’s keeping Reason’s lights on.

    When adults see all of their ideas fail one by one by one, they get a new outlook on life.

    1. STFU, fuck off and die, you pathetic piece of lefty shit. No one cares about your drunken rants.

  17. It’s very hard to readjust to a new learning format. It’s hard for both students and teachers, it seems to me. But this format is actively implemented in our life and probably soon it will become absolutely normal and also effective.

    And now I, like many people, use various educational websites and programs as additional training

  18. This shows all the evils of taxpayer-funded conscription education.

    Abolish taxpayer funding of “education.”

    Abolish conscription (mandatory attendance) “education.”

    They’re the one-two punch of evil, and we’re doing it to EACH OTHER, using our children for fists.

  19. Good for the judge.

    OK; now I have TWO reasons to live forever.
    One is to bankrupt social security, now the second is to piss those guys off.

  20. Just think of all the JOBS that are being created to monitor students! I bet you anything, literally infinite amounts of money, that those monitors are teachers union members collecting benefits.

  21. If it’s not too risky for the monitors, how is it too risky for the teachers?

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