Sunday, April 19, 2020

Go on out if you think it's a hoax

Hello.

Update - July 2020 -

Having grown up in a different era where there was still a hint of decency left in our leadership, I guess I continue to be disturbed by two things:

1) The people older than me ... what the hell?  I KNOW most of you used to believe in working together to solve problems. The majority of you have been bamboozled into believing it is "us vs. them" and it makes me question everything and everyone involved in my upbringing. Where have those logical, humanistic and kind people gone? Is it fear? Is it just down-right gullibility? What the hell happened? PS. I do not mean that fake "churchy" kindness either ... I mean a real genuine caring about the plight of our neighbor. 

2) Why are roughly 40% of our voting public in support of the current GOP political movement? It is very clear to the objective bystander (I do not watch TV or listen to stupid pundits who are shills for a narrative) that this is a group of people that celebrates and stands for racism, divisiveness, greed, power, nepotism and the caste system. Why is it acceptable that the "Great Experiment" turned into just another single-race, single-religion my way or the highway land run by greed and corruption? Why is it acceptable that we have leaned on the two party system for so long that we've allowed the power hungry sociopaths to bend the rules through gerrymandering to gain complete control of the power? Why is it acceptable to a republic based on democracy that the votes of the masses no longer count? 

There is a pandemic. The numbers are staggering. Here's a newsflash folks - even the people that are carriers of this thing MIGHT have long term side effects from this virus. Factor that into folks that did recover with a hospital stay and were on a ventilator ... what damage did they take on that will linger permanent for the rest of their lives? And here's the punchline ... the GOP will now do their damn best to make COVID a pre-existing condition. 

If I hear another person whining about "they're teaching our kids to hate their country" I am going to pluck my eyeballs out of their sockets. No one is doing this. As a teacher and a mentor it is my job to tell the truth. The truth should never be sacrificed. Yes, we used to have a great country, but about 30 years ago, we started careening into chaos. When we started using the word "news" as a disguise for a hate-based control ploy, we lost our way. I am literally talking about Fox News. Murdoch needs to be deported from yet another country. Look it up ... the Aussies got rid of him because he was a damned sociopath. I put most of this mind control on that idiot's shoulders. Perhaps that is where the older people were led astray. 


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Update ... June 2020. Still isolating. I still hold the same opinion as I held in April. Folks spouting about "only a 2 percent death rate" are the ones without empathy. Until this still uncontrolled virus hits your family, you don't get to talk about people's "over-reaction". It's not a political thing if people wear masks. It's not a political thing if people continue to isolate. These are reactions based on science and the current things we understand about the pandemic.

On a per capita basis, the USA is 26th in the world in regard to covid testing. So yes, we are improving on testing, but we are no where near in the number one spot. 

In an effort to share responsible thinking and words from actual scientists ... this article explains the data as understood by an epidemiologist.


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Update ... May 2020. I keep reading falsehoods regurgitated by politically motivated entities. The death rate of covid19 far exceeds that of the flu. There are over 50000 covid19 deaths in our country since February 1. The current mortality rate in New York is 7.6 percent. These are facts based on numbers from the CDC. Wake up folks. This is very real and we do not have a handle on it whatsoever.

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Original - April 2020

I've been isolating by choice since about March 8th. The data on this illness is staggering if you are able to see beyond your own confirmation bias. It's not a political thing. It's not an economy thing. It's a fucking pandemic. It demands respect and gives none.

I know five people who have complications from covid19 and their words are things like "you don't want this." Or" I literally feel like I may not be able to get my next breath."

If you want to open things back up despite the warnings and logic, I invite you to analyze the following.

1) If money is more important than your family's health, then go on back out there.

2) If your orange fuhrer tells you that this is all a hoax and you choose to believe a proven liar, then go on back out there.

3) If you claim capitalism is the answer ... and you are a titan of industry, then find a way to make money despite the shut down. If you think that's garbage, then I invite you to go on back out there.

There are good people and bad people on our planet. There are also logical people and illogical ones out there roaming around. Maybe covid is the answer to getting us back to humanity by cancelling out some of the bad, illogical and bad-illogical among us.

If you do disagree with the logic of social distancing and decide to venture out there, by all means invite some like minded folks and lick one another on the mouth.