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Covid Journal, March 28, 2020 (Snitch line edition)

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It was inevitable that snitch lines would start to materialize. London, Ontario is the first I’ve come across, but there will be many more.

At first, people will try to tow the line and be legit about their complaints and observations, but I’m sure it will quickly spiral out of control, where neighbours will complain about the other neighbour that they had a spat about when they installed a new fence or didn’t use the right lawn maintenance service. Or didn’t clip their dandelions in time.

It’ll get ugly.

And that makes me sad.

Our society deserves better than this.

I would love to say I’m not surprised, but I’m also concerned with the growing ng fear being pushed by the media.

Ageism, demographic targeting, scaremongering etc will continue to drive people into their homes and become more anti-social as they socially distance from the world.

As our ‘social’ situation devolves – snitch lines, alienation, Martial Law – it will take nothing more than a snap of the fingers to bring about complete autocratic domination of our lives.

What’s next? Will black trucks show up in the middle of the night at the doors of dissenters and they disappear right under our watch?

Please tell me I’m wrong. Please, please, please tell me this is just a hyper version of a flu bug and we have nothing to worry about.

Some good news to go with this plea: Wuhan, China will be lifting its 2-month lockdown.

Let’s lighten the mood with a game: after the Black Plague, inheritance laws evolved. After 19th c cholera epidemics, sewers were built in Paris and London. What do you predict will be the lasting outcome of this epidemic?

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Covid Journal, March 27, 2020 (Donald Trump, or ‘Uncle Sham’) Edition

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I suppose I’d better not do anything to offend Uncle Sham, aka Donald Trump, as he sends US troops to the Canadian border (BTW, this has been confirmed by Chrystia Freeland as untrue).


What an arse for even entertaining the idea for a heartbeat. We are partners in this and it’s embarrassing to his legacy that he’s doing something some profoundly antagonistic.

Before it got called off, was Canada going to be the next Crimea or should we just laugh at how absurd this situation has become?

Should Canadians be worried that it still might happen?
You tell me … is this something worth being concerned about?
Maybe it’s just a big distraction from this, the absolute worse jobless claims in US history … and it’s going to get even more dire …
Those record numbers of unemployed will quickly surpass the population of Canada. Nothing like a ‘make work’ project such as invading a neighbouring country to keep people off the streets!
In other news …
Some very official sources (including Canada’s Globe and Mail) are actually questioning the numbers concerning Covid, making me feel relieved and concerned at the same time.
Twelve leading epidemioligists and physicians around the globe have started to question the insanity concerning the demands for an international lockdown.
Example: Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, a German physician specialising in Pulmonology, politician and former chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2009 he called for an inquiry into alleged conflicts of interest surrounding the EU response to the Swine Flu pandemic. He has this to say:

Politicians are being courted by scientists…scientists who want to be important to get money for their institutions. Scientists who just swim along in the mainstream and want their part of it […] And what is missing right now is a rational way of looking at things.

We should be asking questions like “How did you find out this virus was dangerous?”, “How was it before?”, “Didn’t we have the same thing last year?”, “Is it even something new?”

That’s missing.

And in reference to the Globe editorial:

Is COVID-19 a global crisis? Certainly for people who can’t add.

… I pay close attention to the daily situation reports issued by the World Health Organization, particularly the new cases and the new deaths. I pay no attention to the various pundits and talking heads, because they are always wrong.

The information in the WHO reports is not perfect for many reasons, some technical and some political. Deaths are a more reliable measure, but deaths lag weeks behind the real outbreak. However, WHO is the best information we have, and it’s getting more complete and more reliable. And, as was the case with SARS, it paints a compelling picture.

The WHO started issuing daily situation reports on Jan. 21, six weeks ago. Initially, the numbers matched the perceptions: The new cases and new deaths, almost all from Hubei province, increased rapidly. Then, in the first week in February, the rate of new cases peaked at 4,083. Deaths peaked on Feb. 13, at 254. Then the number of daily cases dropped down quickly toward the end of February.

That’s because the Hubei outbreak peaked in late January. Indeed, it’s almost over.

Around the beginning of March, the number of new cases rose again because of outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran. These outbreaks are smaller than the one that happened in Hubei. For the past week, the daily statistics have averaged fewer than 3,000 new cases and about 100 deaths worldwide.

Over the past month, the geography of COVID-19 has changed, but the global numbers have, if anything, become smaller. By the numbers, this is The Incredible Shrinking Pandemic. 

But we also need to be sensible. Quarantine belongs back in the Middle Ages. Save your masks for robbing banks. Stay calm and carry on. Let’s not make our attempted cures worse than the disease.

Meanwhile, some other media shops are whipping things up to the next level, with SunMedia companies leading the charge with stupidity like ‘If you see your neighbours out, should you call authorities’ and
Both sides seem to be spiralling out of control.
Unfortunately, the only people who are worth listening to are being buried and cremated.
I’m doing my damnedest to try to be rational about this. It’s very, very hard.
When $2 TRILLION is being handed out to the world’s richest and highest-paid 1%-ers on the planet and the Trump Administration has just made it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to convict companies of environmental degradation, it’s hard not to feel like it’s the same old bait and switch disaster capitalism that we’ve seen in the past.
There is NOTHING rational about this and we have no precedent to work from.
That said, I remain steadfast with the idea that so long as people are taking precautions, we have RIGHT to DEMAND answers concerning the severity of this lockdown on humanity.
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Covid Journal, March 26, 2020

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Indigenous people around the globe are reminding us that a Covid-19 and other epidemics are directly related to how we treat the planet. Will we listen to them as we emerge from this mess? Probably not.

The point: Nature always wins. That’s what I keep reminding myself when I go down the rabbit hole of ‘qui bono’ (who benefits) from this madness. I know other authors have gone this way before …

You Are Here Covid 19

Where we’re at …

I vacillate between being happy as a clam – smug in my long being prepared for working from home because that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12 years – and more paranoid than a dope user that got a bad batch.

Yesterday wasn’t a great day because I’m trying to express the veneer of confidence and suggestion that there actually is something to Covid, but just couldn’t stay away from the simple idea that the world is hyper-reacting to something a little more threatening than the flu.

I understand the numbers are somewhat larger and that they’re exposing how weak our ‘just in time’ global medical system has become – definitely not too many beds for people and sadly, too few.

But effectively imprisonment of nearly half the planet’s population without a moment’s thought about the social, economic and psychological cost of such drastic measures? Surely spousal / partner relationships are about to hit bottom, if they haven’t already. Partner and child abuse, rape, mayhem and possibly even murder are most likely happening in bigger numbers than they ever have before because everyone has been ushered indoors. Social interaction, even contact with a cashier or speaking with someone who carries bags for you, offer up enough stimulation to keep many people sane. More importantly, going shopping or for a drive keep abused people away from dangerous environments.

How are we protecting these people, now that we’ve made them incredibly vulnerable to the wrath of another household member?

And then there’s the horrific consideration that someone like Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick has the audacity to say out loud:

American seniors would be willing to risk dying from the coronavirus in order to ensure that the economy doesn’t slide into a serious recession.

What a fucking pig. Who’s next? The infirm? People with disabilities? Those with mental illness? Someone who had an arm amputated? What kind of bullshit psychobabble eugenics is this guy trying to pawn off on the universe?

You would choose a job over a family member?


This is what passes for leadership in today’s world, which is why it’s worth questioning  their ‘expertise’.

On a bigger scale, most media outlets are focused on some kind of scenario related to the ‘end game’. We’ll be fine, but vaccinations will most certainly be mandatory. We’re collectively being whipped into a frenzy of demand for a vaccination that may or may not be the best solution.

Let’s turn to some moderately good news. These stories help mitigate my fears of a much more broad and sinister plan to control the planet. As long as there are good people around, there’s something to be excited about.

  • Pollution volume across the globe is plummeting. We’re giving the Earth a break. Finally.
  • Researchers are developing low-cost ventilator options.
  • Loads of free stuff is being made available to keep us quietly (and possibly mind-numbingly) entertained.
  • Despite the doom and gloom, people recover from Covid.
  • Lots of people are being good people.

What are your thoughts about the severity of the actions taken by our global governments. Are they disproportionate to the cost of the economy? What would you encourage Canada and others to consider in context of a virus?

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Covid Journal, March 25, 2020

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I don’t have much to add today. I’m starting to see a few people question the subtle nature by which we’ve all been subjected to Martial Law. This is comforting to me, as I believe we have a right to just ask some basic questions about the severity of the ‘treatment’ being prescribed.

(Again, for the record, myself and my loved ones are in isolation in our home and we are not flaunting said requests of the various officials).

AND … it seems like the US is determined to be #1 in the world again, this time for the rapid growth and pace at which they are getting affected by Covid 19.

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That said, Spain’s number are just exploding, especially with deaths.

All I want is context: sorry to say this, but how many of these deaths would have happened anyways? Are 100% of all new cases of anything that remotely looks like the flu or pneumonia being attributed to Covid? I feel confident that authorities in Canada are being trustworthy, but what about some other countries?

In closing, I’m going to take advantage of the time to catch up on a few chores and practice guitar.

And if you want a real head-scratcher, check out this article.

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Covid Journal, March 24, 2020 (New Rules Primer)

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I could have made a killing on the market.

A couple of weeks ago, I predicted that the first ‘bottom’ for the Dow Jones Industrial Average would be about 21,500 by the end of March (it came much sooner) and then a second, sustained bottom at around 18,500 by the end of April (which again, came much sooner).

I still think we’ll be in this range (and similar ranges for other markets – all about 40-50% off their peaks) until about the end of April because that’s when the first few quarterly reports will come in reflecting either end of 2019 or the first quarter of 2020.

They will NOT be good, so the market will likely tumble back to the 17,000 – 19,000 range before finally making a long, steady trek to the peak again.

Remember: what I say does NOT count as financial advise. Any action you choose to take is entirely of your own choice.

The point of all this? We’ll reach a new, drastic low, but not the LOWEST low (that being zero) over the coming months and then we’ll slowly swim our way out of it.

Something tells me a LOT of new requirements will be embedded into our system – mandatory vaccinations, RFID ‘tattoos’, possible tracking bracelets, cell phone apps that cannot be uninstalled that will track citizens at all times, etc – ALL with extremely stiff penalties or even jail time for breach of these penalties. Even turning your phone off might be turned into some kind of crime against society.

And NO cash. Every single transaction will be traced from this point forward.

The CLAW – Costco, Loblaws, Amazon and Walmart – will continue to reap the rewards of a cashless, online society and millions of ‘mom and pop’ shops will be driven out of business by a morbid combination of bankruptcy, poverty or lack of business, despite short-term government efforts to prop them up.

Those without homes will likely be ‘encouraged’ to live in impromptu AirBnB-type shacks built by the CLAW designed to give them a moderate living, but not an excessive one. Sure, you’ll have a job – the CLAW will offer hundreds of thousands of minimum wage ‘opportunities’ – but all of your income will go to cover expenses directed by the CLAW.

We’re entering an age of absolutes.

What will we get in exchange for these controls?

Worse case scenario, we’ll get nothing. We’ll be cogs in the machine. Those that don’t shop, oblige the new rules or share their data will become social suspects number one and be instantly villified and alienated by governments obsessed with eradicating the flu, er, the Corona Virus.

The best case scenario is something worth focusing on. We continue with a moderate range of civil liberties, but we as a species get an opportunity to provide input on how we should operate this planet and not just treat it like a boil to be lanced, leaving a scar for somebody else.

The next generation will look to us to lead them into the future and not just shuffle along, complacently happy that we still get a chance to be entertained, drive to our jobs on packed roads and have guaranteed food supplies, regardless of the impact on our liberties.

We have an opportunity to write a few new rules. Here are just a few ideas, but I’m sure we can collectively think of thousands that will make this planet a better place and in better condition for the next generation:

  • Guaranteed minimum income
  • Universal increase in sales taxes, applied to all services, especially online ordering, streaming and social networks
  • No more billionaires. If you’ve got that much money, you’re well beyond the classic ‘microeconomic’ definition of monopoly
  • Social payments in addition to financial payments. At the rate governments are being forced to buy into and bail out companies, any dividends basically go on hold until social payments – pay quality and equality, environmental remediation, training, taxes, additional support networks – are distributed.
  • Infrastructure: while everyone is in lockdown, why don’t we pause for a moment and rebuild some much-needed infrastructure. I’d sign up for supporting a road crew or other services so long as I know that non-car design was a priority (example: separate bike paths instead of ‘shoudlers’ and ‘sharrows’)
  • A complete rejig of the municipal code to require all builders and developers to integrate best practices for energy use, independent living (eg. allowing ‘Victory Gardens’ every where) and so on.
  • Maximum 2% per year to be spent on military and related services and acquisitions UNTIL all social needs are accounted for.
  • Complete coordination of all countries with respect to a wide range of human needs and services such as health, training, food programs, and other programs with an international body that everyone recognizes (eg. the UN).

There are a thousand other ways we can make this planet better, but you get the point. We need to start talking about this NOW while people are looking for our leaders to lead.

Now, if only we could do something about the US. It’s just not right that 5% of the world’s population gets an opportunity to vote for idiots like Donald Trump, resuling in a dictatorship imposed on the rest of the planet.

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