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Covid Journal, March 22, 2020

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It’s in my nature to question. I don’t do it to incite panic or concern. Honestly.

I just want to make sure we’re looking for at all the angles on this.
I KNOW we have to stay at home. That’s not why I’m asking questions. I KNOW if we DON’T stay home, Martial Law will be inevitable.
Don’t make me a Cassandra.
I’ve turned a corner. I’m looking ahead. Do what the authorities say: STAY INSIDE, BE KIND, BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED AT STORES (BETTER YET, ORDER ONLINE).

The BEST news of the day yesterday? Breaking Chloroquine study shows 100% cure rate for patients infected with coronavirus. We ARE going to punch out of this bag.


I don’t think I need much else, but here are some other updates …
GOOD things are happening. Hopefully, some of the changes taking place – ordering from local suppliers, joining CSAs, gifting to the elderly, connecting more directly with family/friends one-on-one, learning life skills, etc – become entrenched habits for people when we get to the other side. Some billionaires like Mark Cuban are questioning the rationale about bailing out companies that are run by corrupt people. Other billionaires like Elon Musk are scrambling to get masks and ventilators on the market.
When this reaches a resolution – and it will, despite the coming weeks of panic – we can ask for new rules, but we may have to forego them in the short-run.
This big giant world has become a whole lot smaller and I think people are understanding the old adage of ‘a butterfly flapping in China causing a hurricane elsewhere’.
And (I’m getting philosophical for a second), imagine what we can pull off out of this if we set our minds to it and replace roads while no one is driving. Or instead of subsidizing or bailing out the carbon sector, we take that money and double down and invest in a proper renewable energy infrastructure instead, putting hundreds of thousands of people to work in the process.
This IS the end of the world we grew up in, but the start of a NEW one that we can create based on the good things we know.
What we are MOST CERTAINLY going to need is a whole new operating system as opposed to just a reboot of 2020. We need new rules, new approaches and better solutions to the problems we already have. We have to get all of the whiny, self-centred dipshits out of the way or convert them to understanding that we’re all in this together.
Unfortunately, bad things are happening.
I kept this image as a reminder of how fucked up the Trump administration is and how the rest of the world is suffering because of the gross incompetence from the top down.
US Should Have Been Ready for Covid
A twisted, yet kind of humourous look at the Trump incompetency:
Trump Bad Day
In the meantime, here are a few stories from yesterday and this morning that caught my eye:
Please do your bit to conserve water today. I know it’s probably the last thing on everyone’s mind.
World Water Day

Conditioning us for the months / years to come:

Threats of Martial Law / fines / imprisonment:

Many jurisdictions are talking openly about imposing some form of Constitutional hiatus or Martial Law to limit the spread of Covid.

Summary

I’m wrapping up for now and will try to present a balanced perspective on the seismic shift we’re all experiencing, but there is light between the cracks in the wall, to paraphrase Leonard Cohen.

We WILL get through this.

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Covid Journal, March 21, 2020

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Welcome to the Vernal Equinox.

May spring bring better things.

Last week was a tough year.

I decided to dial back on my anxiety a little for today and just focus on some thoughts rambling through my head.

What’s happening around the globe? What are you seeing? What are your thoughts?

We’re looking at a COMPLETE rewrite of history.

This is a blank page when we’ve turned the corner.

All of our writing, arts, documentation and other stories will almost always start with, end with or include events related to Covid and how the world responded.
 
Instead of singing ‘Ring around the Posey …’ as a Medieval tune to help kids spot the Black Plague, kids will sing ‘How to spot Corona …’ or something similar. This will last forever.
 
The English classes will be about “What I Did During Covid”.
 
And who will be the ‘spokepeople’ on the other side when this is done? Who will speak for humanity about what happened and why?
 
I don’t want it to be Trump or anyone associated with him!!
 
We’ve fallen into the abyss and it is a VERY dark night for humanity. Now who will be there to shed some light on things?
 
Are we at the end of time or the beginning of a new, wonderful age? Please tell me it’s the latter, thank you.

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Covid Journal, March 20, 2020 (Californians Ordered In Edition)

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Well, I think it’s safe to say that despite the name, 2020 is a year we sure as hell didn’t see coming.

I have a new acronym – CLAW: the collective efforts of Costco, Loblaws, Amazon and Walmart to rake in pretty much all of the remaining cash that we have.

News stories:

Hrdoxychloroquine effective in inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. I try to balance my fear of what’s happening around the world with respect for the science that might dig us out of this mess. This article offers a glimpse of promise into the idea that there is effective treatment for Covid around the corner. Let’s hope it’s not draconian like the next story.

Will Boeing Get a Bailout? I certainly fucking hope not. And business leader Mark Cuban agrees. If Boeing gets public money after wasting so much of what they already received from the public, they should never be able to buy back their shares again. They are ultimately a company that is owned by taxpayers. I would add to Cuban’s thoughts that companies that receive public money of ANY KIND should have to submit to rules about transparency and expenses related to their government business. They should be prevented from giving out bonuses and extra salaries beyond publically-approved limits. In other words, WE the taxpayers get to vote on how much these fuckers get from the public.

New rules. We need new rules.

Did Trump Game the Pandemic? Originally posted by the Disaffected Lib, there’s some suggestion that several of Trump’s closest advisors and peers had what could only be described of as insider information that they used to manipulate the market and maximize their own portfolios.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr unloaded as much as $1.7 million in stock several weeks ago:

Burr and his wife Brooke sold between $628,000 and $1.7 million in publicly traded stocks on Feb. 13 and didn’t buy any new positions, according to a recent financial disclosure filed with the Senate.

Around the time that Burr sold his shares of major corporations, including several hard hit hotel companies, he publicly expressed confidence about the U.S. government’s ability to fight the virus. However in late February, Burr privately warned that the virus is “much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” according to a recording obtained by NPR.

They lied to the public. And stole from the public. Is it because they were told to by other officials to get out or lay low or were they just being so stupid it’s hard to imagine them tying their own shoes?

This points to two things:

  1. People surrounding Trump are proving themselves again and again to be  small and selfish, giving me hope that there’s no possible way that they could be the epicentre of the massive, global detainment program
  2. Idiots like Burr actually, ironically, make me think we’ll pull out of this because they’re planning for their own cushion to secure their financial future. In a weird, twisted way, there’s hope for the future.

Bill Gates, vaccines and digital certificates. In a Reddit discussion thread about Covid, Bill Gates revealed the following:

A lot of links were made to this thread, questioning the sanity of requiring ALL citizens to allow themselves to be injected with a digital certificate or RFID tag to prove that they’ve been innoculated with a Covid vaccine. Fucking creepy.

Here’s more for thos who want to go down that rabbit hole. It ain’t pretty. Does this mean Bill Gates is the smartest man in the room and will be our new overlord?

If that’s not enough, consider now that Hong Kong will be implementing digital wrist bands that will track citizens in order to enforce quarantine. Still thinking this is a pleasant little break from reality or something bigger? My biggest question I suppose from this is when did they make all of the wrist bands for such an occasion? So far, it seems to be just for citizens who are travelling and arriving in the country, but how long before everyone has to wear one? Fines and imprisonment for up to 6 months are already being imposed on those who falsify information.

China is sitting in the sidelines. Ready to pounce? Or scapegoat for failed foreign policy with Americans and the rest of the world. China has shown strong leadership with the Covid crisis. We certainly don’t know what happened during the weeks that followed the outbreak – hospitals, mass culling of inhabitants, shutting down factories, etc – but we are getting reports (true or not) that China is no longer a cause for concern with Covid. As it recovers, it’s pretty clear that it will be China that digs us out of this mess, not the Americans. Lord only knows what that means.

California on lockdown. 40 million people have been ordered to stay home.

All Californians, nearly 40 million people, have been ordered to stay at home except for when it is absolutely necessary for them to leave “until further notice” to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Covidis is spreading wildly in California, hence the drastic measures.

This is the big one in my mind.

My main questions revolve around simple things that we take for granted: server farms functioning, access to Gmail, posting updates with friends on Facebook. How are we going to pass the time without Netflix and Amazon Prime to keep us mindlessly distracted while the world shuts down around us? If so many tech employees are required to stay home, how are we going to stay with our modern communication conveniences?

I think we should be asking these questions particularly when some experts in Italy are questioning the real number of actual deaths specifically related to Covid. Some say it’s as low as 2. TWO.

From Silvio Brusaferro, President of the Italian Higher Institute of Health:

“There may be only two people who died from coronavirus in Italy, who did not present other pathologies. This is what emerges from the medical records examined so far by the Higher Institute of Health, according to what was reported by the President of the Institute [Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Italian National Institute of Health], Silvio Brusaferro, during the press conference held today at the Civil Protection in Rome. ‘Positive deceased patients have an average of over 80 years – 80.3 to be exact…The majority of these people are carriers of chronic diseases. Only two people were not presently carriers of [other non-COV] diseases’, but even in these two cases, the examination of the files is not concluded and therefore, causes of death different from Covid-19 could emerge. The president of the ISS has specified that ‘little more than a hundred medical records’ have so far come from hospitals throughout Italy.”

“…At present, in fact, the authorities are unable to distinguish those who died from the virus, from those who, on the other hand, are communicated daily to the public, but who were mostly carriers of other serious diseases and who, therefore, would not have died from Covid-19. In response to a question from ‘Agenzia Nova’, in fact, Brusaferro was unable to indicate the exact number of coronavirus deaths. However, the professor clarified that, according to the data analyzed, the vast majority of the victims ‘had serious [non-COV] pathologies and in some cases the onset of an infection of the respiratory tract can lead more easily to death.’ To clarify this point, and provide real data, ‘as we acquire the folders we will go further. However, the populations most at risk are fragile, carriers of multiple diseases’.”

Italy has the oldest population of the European countries and their culture, up to this date, encourages a certain ‘touchiness’ with their greetings etc. AND their population is nearly twice that of Canada (70 million) crammed into a tiny sliver of land jutting into the Mediterranean.

A new era awaits.

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Covid Journal, March 19, 2020

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I hope you’re all safe and happy in your homes.

So much news is pouring in about various topics related to Covid, it’s hard to keep up. I’m going to be a little lazy and post mostly links, possibly with a small amount of editorial.

The common question I have with all of this: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN SO FAST AND WHY IS THE ENTIRE PLANET UNDER HOUSE ARREST? I mean, I get it: Covid is bad. We don’t want others to get it. But we also don’t want people to get the common cold. Or cancer. Or even a bee sting.

Also, our politicians seem to be managing OK, but where are the commercial and business leaders of the Western world? I haven’t heard too much about Bezos or the Westons or Sobeys or many other multi-billionaires that all seem to have fallen off the face of the planet.

Anyways, here are a few news stories that caught my eye …

Netflix releases ‘In The Name of the Father’ on St. Patrick’s Day. Interesting choice given that the entire planet has basically been sentenced to their homes on what could only be described as something that’s not their fauly.

Denmark is rushing in authoritarian rules, giving authorities the ability to FORCE testing, treatment and quarantine with the backing of police. The new rules will last until March, 2021. Is this how long we’ll all have to wait for some show of sanity again?

As well as enforcing quarantine measures, the law also allows the authorities to force people to be vaccinated, even though there is currently no vaccination for the virus.

Volunteers produce 3D printed valves for life-saving coronavirus treatments for A DOLLAR. The company they previously worked for was selling it for $10,000-$11,000 per unit. Criminal theft from public pocketbooks and culling the actions of health profiteers has to be a part of the ‘new rules’ that we’re going to have when this shit settles.

If you sell to the public, you get audited by the public. Your bonuses, your benefits, your payouts all become subject to public scrutiny. Enough of this policy of maximizing profits while humanity is circling the drain.

We are looking at 3 months minimum of lockout. Involuntary voluntary confinement (sorry about the paywall – the point is basically that a couple of weeks is just a BS requirement to get us settled in for a LONG wait for normal to return). A gentle form of Martial law. With no ability to converse or share concerns unless using a highly-monitored and controlled social technology like Google/Gmail or Facebook.

This is unprecedented. And business leadership in North America has been AWOL. (Prove me wrong).

Trump cancelled the American pandemic response team 2 YEARS AGO. Here’s a video of his bullshit excuse of why this happened:


In Seattle, the ‘ground zero’ of multiple jumped cases of Covid, no one seems to have a handle on how much a test might cost. Because the US health system is so chronically fucked up, people pay anywhere from $100 to $1,600 per test, depending on antiquated notions related to insurance, employer and so on.

Of course, who knows what maximum profits the suppliers are making, but I can assure you: they are maximum.

In Canada, we are still fortunate enough to have health care workers that actually care about your health and who are assembling treatment facilities all over the country.

Thank goodness!!

I’m going to scan the various sources for some other questions about what’s going on. For the record, I don’t think I would object to something like a vaccination or self-isolation simply to mitigate the spread of the disease, but I think we all have a right to ask some tougher questions about how SO MUCH CONTROL wound up in the hands of so few people SO QUICKLY.

I’m compliant, but I also feel like a lamb being fattened for slaughter.

As long as these controls remain in place, people will get jumpier and want to know: WHY?

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These are UNIQUE and UNPRECEDENTED times.

PLEASE share your experiences and thoughts that will help all of us once this shit show is done.

It WILL get better, but may be a little dark before the dawn.

 

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Where Are Our Business Leaders?

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I got a petition today from SumOfUs.org asking our governments to push Canada’s largest food retailers – Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, etc – to add more hours exclusively for the elderly or people acting on their behalf.

It got wondering about the so-called leaders at the top of the chain in Canada.

They’re absent landlords.

Yes, they’re keeping shelves stocked. Because they’re making a killing right now off fear and panic.

I haven’t heard much from the Westons (owners of Loblaws, Shopper’s, Superstore, No Frills, etc), Sobeys (owners of Sobeys, FarmBoy and FreshCo) and other super 1%ers that are raking it in off the rush of people who want to protect themselves with an extra week of so of food and necessities.

It’s sad that they’re sitting back being silent while the world screams for leadership from all communities, including our business community.

This is NOT the moment to become known as the own that manipulated things to your advantage.

In addition to showing some leadership, I would go even further than this and suggest the following:

  1. Extra ‘hazard’ pay for any grocery workers that come in to work (many are not because they’re paid a basic minimum wage with no benefits)
  2. Some ‘magnanimous’ offers from the likes of the Weston, Sobey, McLean families that are cashing in on people’s basic need to protect themselves.  Discounts? Bonuses to employees? Maybe paying some of the taxes that they owe (or should pay)? Other incentives?
  3. Maybe a few more stores open for even longer hours with extra cashiers so that lines can get a little better ‘thinned’ out as people buy their basics
  4. How about a ‘protection fund’ that will help so many people that get sick mortgage or rent coverage if they have to take time off due to Covid-related illness. If they don’t offer this security, workers will show and only spread the disease.

I’m disgusted by the absence of the commercial leadership in this country and other countries. They have receded into the woodwork and take, take, take while leaving front-line workers – and the rest of us – at risk.

This is not right.

Here’s the answer: don’t bother with petitions or shopping at the places that aren’t going to make you better off.

Find local farmers and grocers that are typically owned by one or two people. Some of them may even be your neighbours. Or a grocery/food delivery service that brings what you need right to your door. They NEED you more than ever right now and smaller crowds are actually more beneficial to limiting the spread of Covid.

The Westons and Sobeys and others that are just manipulating us can get bent until they show some real leadership and help calm a nation of very scared people.

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