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Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources Requires Employees to Wear Masks, Even During Teleconferences

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources Requires Employees to Wear Masks, Even During Teleconferences

Don’t want to catch the Rona through the computer

The Wisconsin government is is all in for mask theater to the extent that one agency is requiring employees to wear masks, even during teleconferences.

From the Kansas City Star:

In an email to employees sent out on July 31, the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources not only reminded employees of Gov. Tony Evers’ mask order going into effect on Aug. 1, he also said that every DNR employee must wear a mask … even while on a teleconference.

“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” Preston Cole said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”

Evers’ executive order said that face coverings are required to be worn whenever a person is in an enclosed space — other than a private residence.

DNR spokeswoman Megan Sheridan spoke with McClatchy News and said that employees wearing masks while video conferencing with external partners sets a good example during the pandemic.

“By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time,” Sheridan said.

“Sets a good example” of inanity, maybe. But ok.


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“Achtung, subjects. You vill not be allowed to use common sense”

“… even if you are home…”

WRONG. No employer may dictate behavior inside one’s own home. You may now talk to my lawyer.

I’m seeing similar troubling signs concerning tele-school ditates from local school districts about student log-on, tardiness, at-home lunch time schedules, breaktime requirements, unexcused absence, etc.

Many young moms I’ve spoken to say, “No. H3ll no. This is MY home, not your classroom extension under district control!”

Oh, BTW. Where’s my substitute teacher pay??

War of the worlds.

Katy L. Stamper | August 11, 2020 at 4:32 pm

Kemberlee got it right. Inane.





You get the drift.

Is this all it takes to protect against computer viruses? I never knew it could be that simple!

Or how about this.. To give you even greater protection, I’ll put the mask over the webcam to keep those nasty viruses out!

Or how about this? Since you can’t see my lips move or anything.. How about I take a picture of me wearing a mask and prop it up in front of my webcam?

The Friendly Grizzly | August 11, 2020 at 5:09 pm

I’d say, “no”. Period.

When Twitter users post avatars of themselves wearing masks, you know that the mask is, for some people, a badge of submission and conformity.

It doesn’t even rise anymore to the level of virtue signaling, since there’s no longer anything really self-congratulatory about it. It’s like the beta dog rolling over on its back in front of the alpha.

Seems to be missing some context.
Governor Tony Evers (D)

Makes more sense now. Well, the same amount of sense (zero) but it is more understandable.

What happened to “Social Distancing”? They started out saying “wear a mask if you can’t social distance from other people.” Now they’re saying you have to wear a mask, even if you can SD.

Well,I’m drawing the line! I refuse to wear a mask when I’m on the toilet!

Like every other leftist policy, it’s all about feeling good about themselves, not actually accomplishing anything.

It’s hard to decide if these people are tyrants or just idiots. If tyrants, they are just seeing how far they can push before people rebel. If idiots, there is no cure for stupid (that I would advocate on a public site). I told my wife about this and she remarked that she would simply turn off the laptop camera (or tape over it) and be done with it.

    I’m not altogether convinced there’s a difference. Bossing other people around for no good reason is way more work than just minding one’s own business, and leaves one’s own business neglected.

2smartforlibs | August 11, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Why not an arm banned for a little skull on your collar? All do about the same thing.

Simple fix (although I understand, it is inane), don’t activate your camera during a conference. I never do. (But should I be required to do so, I have some great photos of rubble and disaster to use as a backdrop. Should someone inquire about it, “What’s that background?” my reply will be “Oh, that’s my apartment.”)

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to DaveGinOly. | August 11, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Or, maybe chroma-key in a a background of Dresden firestorm footage, the moon walk, peaceful protest phone footage from Chicago’s high-end shopping district, a still shot of virtually any underpass in Los Angeles conplete with tents and cardboard shelters…

Sounds like all that cheese has gone to their collective(-ist) heads… ?

Mmmmf mmf fmm, MMMF!

The mask is a fucking religious talisman to these insane people.

civisamericanus | August 11, 2020 at 8:23 pm

There were people in the 1940s or so who believed polio could travel across phone lines… They walk among us!

    amatuerwrangler in reply to civisamericanus. | August 13, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    They were probably the parents of those in the 70s who told us that electricity generated in nuclear power plants was radio active, and would give us cancer.

If I was forced to do that, during any teleconference you’d never understand a thing I’d mumble. Want me to repeat that mumble? I’ll mumble even worse.
The good thing is we’re probably seeing another big jump in people deciding to vote for Trump.

BierceAmbrose | August 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm

It’s a public service, reminding any who see that tbese authoritahs are idiotic drones, n more idiotic martinets.

I’m a Formula One fan, and I see drivers and media wearing masks outside when nowhere near anybody. I can’t stand this kind of conspicuous virtue signaling.

When you are so empty inside, so devoid of spirituality, so atheistic, you bond to a cult. Hence, ‘progressiveism”.

The prog cult and their new mask identity is akin to Islamists’ enslavement of women by putting them in burkas.

Enslavement is enslavement.

They understand the power they have over their employees, implicit threat if not stated, wear them or lose the job.

Channeling Slow Joe Biden: Come on man, everyone knows that your computer can get a virus.

SeekingRationalThought | August 12, 2020 at 9:48 am

This is too stupid for words. Preston Cole should be fired on public safety grounds. His mere presence endangers the brain cells of those around him.

    It is close to impossible to be fired from a State Job in Wisconsin. If Evers tried to fire someone for not wearing a mask, he would be in court the rest of his life.

It makes perfect sense if they are using Windows devices. Everybody knows how vulnerable Windows machines are to viruses. :>