Once again I was minding my own business and trying to catch up on news when I got caught in the tractor beam of the Empire’s Dunce Star. I used to think that people were just ignorant and that once they are given proper information they could be cured of that condition. I know I’ve probably said this before but people are just stupid on purpose. I also realize I keep putting myself in a position to encounter these people so I must also have some low grade level of duncey-head infection myself. Maybe I could try some shilling oil or Vicks VapoRub.

This time for instance I bounce up people talking about this mask situation with respect to the coronavirus outbreak. No matter how much you tell people that surgical masks are of little use against this virus they keep rushing to buy it. There was a pic online of people in a store selling masks from an already opened box with no gloves on. Surgical masks are made for surgeons to wear so as not to infect the patient, they’re not meant to protect the surgeon from infection from the patient. The masks that can protect you are the thicker N95 respirator masks. Just now Trinis will be tying panty liners to their face with rubber bands. Which actually might not be too far off because those people are technically similar to the female body part that panty liners are meant to protect.

Then there are people online questioning why there is a need to take extra precautions against the coronavirus when the virus is not here. I kid you not. To them clearly the virus is here because you are talking about precautions. Say what now?? They think they have cracked some Da Vinci code or have some superior level of insight by noticing that. Personally, I think their parents should have taken more precautions that fateful night in the back seat of the Nissan Laurel after drinking too much Correia’s Hard Wine.

There were also comments from the Empire’s “Dumb-Troopers” on the new demerit points system that was scheduled to take place this month but the Minister decided to give bad drivers a month’s “bligh”. Persons were complaining that the condition of the roads should be addressed and then people would be inclined to obey the traffic laws. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see the correlation between breaking red lights, using cellphones while driving and not wearing seat-belts to the road having potholes. Maybe I should stop paying my mortgage because of all this Sahara dust and the fact that nobody ain’t lock up Trevor Sayers yet.

Then there were those intellectuals with all kinds of negative comments to make about the powers that be because a market vendor was scammed with a fake TT$100 note. I almost wrote fake polymer note but the counterfeit bill wasn’t printed on polymer, which should have been the vendor’s first clue. If I were to write TT$100 in crayon on a piece of blue bristol board and you accept it, whose fault is that?

So there you have it folks. This week’s episode of Trinidad was one to make your head hurt. However, one thing is for certain, if there ever is a Night of the Living Dead type zombie apocalypse where brains is what’s on the menu, plenty people out here safe.


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