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8 million restaurant workers unemployed due to government-imposed shutdowns

The beatings will continue until morale improves: Eight million restaurant workers out of work due to due to Wuhan panic and government-imposed shut downs.

In addition, the restaurant industry is predicting $240 billion (with a “b”) in losses by the end of the year. Moreover,

…roughly 3% of the restaurants in the US — or 30,000 restaurants — have already shuttered. In the early April survey, an additional 5% of operators said they anticipated closing in the next 30 days, meaning that more than 50,000 restaurants could shut down permanently.

In early April, UBS said that up to one in five restaurants in the US could close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Experts say that independent restaurants are particularly at risk, with many small businesses struggling to access PPP loans.

In my own neighborhood, I have already seen one restaurant go out of business, and another apparently destroyed just as it was about to open. Through the winter a new Indian restaurant was being built nearby, with signs saying it would soon open. Unfortunately the house arrest imposed by our fearless leader Governor Doug Ducey prevented them from opening as planned. Though the restaurant had signs up offering take-out this week, when Diane tried to pick up a menu so we could give them some business. the place was shut. I suspect they are out of business, a dream destroyed before it could even be born.

But hey, we can’t risk having anyone die from COVID-19, no matter how many other lives we destroy.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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4 comments

  • John C.

    I’m sick of eating at home. I miss everything about eating at restaurants. After this is all over I feel like the choice, and variety of restaurants will be limited because so many will be closed down, so sad.

  • Rose

    Coronavirus: World risks ‘biblical’ famines due to pandemic – UN
    * https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52373888

    My predictions:
    1. By the time this is over, more people will have died due to the effects of trying to avoid the disease than would have died if the disease had been allowed to run its course.
    2. Wars will break out of the consequences of our reaction to this disease.

  • Shaun

    John C

    Completely agree! I miss the Thai restaurant down the street. Seems to have completely boarded up. Not even take out. Hope they come out the other side intact but I have my doubts…

  • Rose

    Nearly all the restaurants in my county (a rural one with a only a handful of reported cases and no deaths) are open for take-away — except Chinese restaurants. All four of them (two in the closest town, one each in two nearby towns) are closed, despite two of the four being take-away-only during normal times and the other two having proper dining areas but still doing a majority of business via take-away and delivery. Strange.

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