If masks are optional, why are there under-nose masks?

I was in the Tysons Corner, Virginia shopping mall last week. Masks are no longer required in Virginia. Governor Blackface (he’s sorry about his past racism, but not sorry enough to resign and let a Black person take the governor job?) rescinded his mask order in May (see “Virginia drops mask mandates, but not everyone is quick to give them up” )(NBC)).

Some folks wandering the mall were, nonetheless, wearing masks. This didn’t surprise me, but I was surprised by the fact that quite a few of those who were masked were wearing their masks under their noses. If you’re part of the Talented Tenth who believe in masks forever, wouldn’t you also be careful to wear a mask correctly? (i.e., make sure all of the aerosol virus goes out the sides!)

The photo below, taken July 13, 2021, shows the chin diaper and under-nose styles in front of a store owned by my favorite American growth company (#StocksForTheLongRun!).

Over in the U.K., 40 percent want masks forever… (I wonder how many support under-nose masks forever…)

Meanwhile, Facebook tells me (July 15) that even the smallest person can be a pandemic-ending hero by adding a frame to his/her/zir/their profile picture:

Despite this energetic effort, the propaganda ministers in Washington, D.C. are not satisfied. NYT:

President Biden’s surgeon general on Thursday used his first formal advisory to the United States to deliver a broadside against tech and social media companies, which he accused of not doing enough to stop the spread of dangerous health misinformation — especially about Covid-19.

The official, Dr. Vivek Murthy, declared health misinformation “an urgent threat to public health.”

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube said that they had taken steps to crack down on misleading health information, in line with their coronavirus misinformation policies. All three said they had introduced features to point people to authoritative health sources on their platforms.

YouTube said in a statement that it welcomed many takeaways of the surgeon general’s report. Twitter said it agreed with the surgeon general’s society-wide approach and welcomed his partnership. A person with knowledge of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity said officials with the company met with the surgeon general’s office on Monday.


7 thoughts on “If masks are optional, why are there under-nose masks?

  1. Those two guys are walking around the mall working on their mask comedy routine: One guy talks and the other guy’s lips move. The guy on the left with the mask on his chin is saying: “I think I need to ditch this boring Izod shirt and get me a Spongebob Squarepants t-shirt.”

    • They work the COVID masks into a hip Corsican Brothers adaptation. It’s gonna be a thing.

  2. Why is the b in black person capitalized? In English adjectives are not typically capitalized? I mean you wouldn’t write “White person.” And our former president was not an Orange person — so no one writes that Biden should relinquish his position to an Orange person.

    • The Columbia Journalism Review and the New York Times decided back in 2020 that white people have no shared cultural history but Black people do. The journalists, journalist tastemakers and CRT professors all held hands and just made up the reason.

      “The Times has changed its style on the term’s usage to better reflect a shared cultural identity.”

      “…white doesn’t represent a shared culture and history in the way Black does, and also has long been capitalized by hate groups.”


  3. I think this bold and getting call for government censorship of private and public media and requests for them to be sources of government propaganda needs to be appealed judicially on 1st Amendment grounds. At least we will know what kind of society we live and plan our lives accordingly. Officially we are beacon of freedom. In previous posts Philip said that we are beacon of money printing and most commenters agreed. I want to know which one we will become going forward.

  4. In this day and age of polling and statistic, any kind of polling and statistic data can be created. Just pay someone to do it for you and you got your poll and data the way you want it. Even better, the statistic can be very, very accurate. Don’t believe me? As little as 3 weeks ago, Dr. Fauci said “99.2 per cent of recent Covid deaths have been of unvaccinated people” [1]. And just this week, he upped that number to 99.5% [2]. Now, either he was wrong on the first number and corrected himself the second time around, the vaccine is really that good and effective, or we are super good at collecting data and keeping track of Covid down to decimal percentage point!

    Also, a lot of polls that ask questions like the one Phil shared, those who answered are doing so in-the-moment way and the answers reflect how much fear the government has injected into them about COVID. Not only that, those who want mask, lockdown, et al, forever, are voting that way because it has little impact on their lives. They are thinking “Most of the time I’m home by 9:45 pm, so what if there is a curfew by 10 pm?”

    [1] https://www.wionews.com/world/nearly-992-of-coronavirus-deaths-in-us-were-unvaccinated-claims-anthony-fauci-396025
    [2] https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/dr-fauci-on-delta-variant-risks-to-children-breakthrough-covid-and-booster-shots

  5. Tyson’s has a lot of stores, as private businesses some of them may elect to require masks, the Apple store there recently relented for instance after requiring masks well after the legal requirement was dropped

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