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JP Sears Deserves a Medal


Every time I say comedian JP Sears has outdone himself in the realm of blistering satire in the service of liberty... he goes and does it again. Here's his latest, "What Giving Up Your Medical Freedom is Like":

 

...oh and this one was brilliant too:

 

 

...and of course there was this one, from a while back. I think this one got removed from YouTube for a short time:


 

...and there are so many more that I'm leaving out. 

 

Can we just give this man a medal now?

 

 

 


Hope for Humanity #1: Illegal Fireworks Light up the Sky in Los Angeles

 

I had a fantastic conversation with Don Boudreaux earlier today. I've got a backlog of episodes to put up, so this one won't be up for another week or so, but I promised I'd send him something, so here it is:

Last summer, the mayor of Los Angeles declared that ALL fireworks in the city of LA were illegal. Was there an actual law to go along with that declaration? I don't know. Does it even matter anymore? After more than a year of this, it's clear that the vast majority of Californians are happy to live under a dictatorship.

...or ARE they?

Watch this, if you haven't already. It remains one of the most beautiful sights from all of 2020:




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Sakura

 

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There they are again. Sakura blossoms. Coming out again this year just like they did last year and the year before... and hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before that. 

Taking over a small mountain village, a well-worn pathway... or all of Tokyo.

And that was what was so magical about them. Yes, visiting a place like Kyoto or Nara that is filled with sakura blossoms is a beautiful experience. 

But there's something completely magical about seeing your own city transformed into something else. Witnessing it become bathed in a pink haze, and littered with tiny pinkish-white flecks everywhere. To see all of the different shades of grey you are so used to, the slick dark pavements, the trim, tidy grey suits of the salary men... to see all of that suddenly speckled in pink, to have a sudden shower of tiny blossoms floating down from the sky, getting on everything - the windshield of your taxi, the shoulder of your trim and tidy suit as you're hurrying to get to a meeting. Your hair, your briefcase, your lunch...

The sakura don't care about all of that. It's time for them to blossom, and so they do. With abandon and joy.

I imagine the blossoms don't care much for things like Covid-19 restrictions either, and when I think about Tokyo now, I imagine lots of delicate, tissue-paper-thin petals making a mockery of the face masks they land on. 

There is something very important about an old society, a culture that has withstood millenia, and that carries with it knowledge of how things have been for a very long time.

I sometimes wonder how much of American stupidity is simply the result of our being a very young country and culture. That we are like a brazen teenager stumbling out into the world with too much confidence and too little information.

I suspect that in some of the older cultures, there is a knowledge that is passed down, or contained in parts of the culture itself, a knowledge about how the world was long before the current members of society were in it. And if that is true, then I imagine that that knowledge must give some comfort.

Sakura season is what I'm talking about. Each year, it gives us some very important information:

1. That we, humans, are part of nature. And that nature is bigger than us. That no matter how important that meeting is that you are rushing to, those little pink blossoms are still going to stick to your shoulder;

2. That if we choose to live with nature, and not to fight it - if instead of chopping down all the cherry trees because their blossoms are messy and might get on our suits and our windshields, we choose to fill our cities with them - the results can be more overwhelmingly beautiful than anyone could have ever imagined;

3. Nature endures. Beauty endures. Life endures.

This past year has been an unprecedented assault on life, on humanity, on human beings, by some very very dark forces. But those forces have not stopped the sakura from blooming.

The masks, the lockdowns, even the vaccines and the whole twisted pharmaceutical paradigm that seems so omnipotent... it's all temporary.

Sakura is here to stay.

 

 


I'm Watching this Now - You Should Too!

 

Health Freedom Summit 2021 - Insta-wide-2048x1152

(Affiliate link.)

 

Don't bother searching for this on YouTube. You already know that independent voices on health freedom and especially on the topic of vaccine safety, have been largely kicked off of that platform. (It's why I post the videos of my podcast episodes on Bitchute.) 

Speakers at the Health Freedom Summit will be covering a wide range of issues, from Covid-19 vaccines, to chronic illness and what to do about it, tools for strengthening your immune system that are being censored in the mainstream, to finding and building community and creating solutions to the medical authoritarianism we find ourselves living under.

I'm especially interested in the solutions part, and in hearing from people like Reiner Fuellmich about practical ways to hold tyrants accountable for their actions, and from Dolores Cahill, about her newly launched Freedom Airway and Freedom Travel Alliance , and about "how to transform your community by wisely choosing who to influence when you have limited time."

For the next three days (starting today, although you can pay extra for lifetime on-demand access), you can hear from more than 30 of these voices – some of whom have appeared on my show, and all of whom are worth listening to – including:

Andy Wakefield

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi

Del Bigtree

JP Sears

Dr. Paul Thomas

Sayer Ji

Mary Holland Esq

Professor Dolores Cahill

Reiner Fuellmich

Polly Tommey

Dr. Stephanie Seneff

...and many more.

 

You can sign up to watch, and to support the folks who are putting this on, and who are fighting for everyone's right to make their own decisions over their health and their families' health... by going here. (This is an affiliate link, so I will get a little something back for purchases made through this link. But you don't need to purchase anything in order to view the Summit today or through the 17th.)





No Madonna, We Are Not "All in this Together"

 

From Susan Lang:

 

Holding hands, hugs and Vitamin C,

Hikes in sunshine and coffee shops with friends,

Strangers who dance cheek to cheek.

Don't tell me it's subversive to be a person,

There's nothing worse than

Being human all alone

And I won't do it.

Compassionate people, they don't crash economies

Every bartender, every waitress, every manicurist

Deserves this, to be of service

To whosoever does choose--

That's me, and I hope it's you.

Humanity, stand up and make your choice;

Humanity, stand up, stand up and make your noise.

 




Support These Rebel Businesses!

 

There are some exciting things happening around the US, and around the world. Here are a few highlights:

Staten Island pub "Mac's Public House" has declared itself an autonomous zone and is continuing to operate, in defiance of orders from the State Health Department and the revocation of its liquor license. Their video is awesome, and I'm going to try to get the owners to come on my show and talk about what they're doing:

 

You can support their GoFundMe fundraiser here. Or, just call them up and offer to pay for someone's lunch or dinner. Or beer.

And in Lexington, KY, the Brewed coffee shop is likewise remaining open in defiance of government orders. A family member tells me that they were in court today over this, and I will update here once I hear what happened. 

In the meantime though, you can do what I did and call them up and offer to pay for the next customer's purchase. 

Or, do some Christmas shopping at their online store. They have some pretty cool Revolutionary T-shirts and stuff.

These folks aren't the only ones. I wrote last week about the NY gym owners who threw county health officers and officers from the sheriff's department off of their property, sheriffs around the country are refusing to enforce the unconstitutional lockdown and related orders, a huge orthodox Jewish wedding took place in Brooklyn, without a mask in sight, and Qantas Airline's CEO received a much-deserved pie in the face after declaring that travelers will not be able to fly without having had a Covid-19 vaccine, once it becomes available.

The Revolution may not be being televised, but it is absolutely happening–one act of defiance at a time. 

 

 


The Scouring of the Shire - in Buffalo, NY

 

This is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a long time. 

 

 

According to the post description on YouTube, these are the gym owners. They start off by appealing to the humanity of the sheriff and health department officer who have come to enforce lockdown orders, and when that doesn't work, they assert their rights. And the result is beautiful.

I believe this is the gym where this happened.

Here's the thing. I–and my AnCap buddies–have been talking for a long time about how we need to eliminate the monopoly state if we are to live freely. I do believe that is true. But even in the absence of that, in the absence of achieving an AnCap world (I won't call it a "utopia" because that's a strawman) WE ALREADY HAVE THE TOOLS TO FIGHT TYRANNY.

We already have a tradition of common law. We still have the foundations upon which the Constitution was built, and it includes things like what these folks assert here: The right to face your accuser if charged with a crime. 

The common-law tradition also–from my own limited understanding of it–maintains that "crimes" must have victims, and cannot simply be things that autocratic governors or politicians declare them to be. I suspect that it also does not provide for "licensing authorities" to have the power to take away someone's right to do business, for any reason. 

I'm going to try to get some more knowledgable people than myself on this topic, to come on my podcast and further clarify. Because this is key. This is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight this crap, and everyone needs to know more about it.


 


WTMWD #47: Why Japan is Different, ALSO: Next Week's Truly Indie Film Fest that You Won't Want to Miss

 

 

 

 

 

 

I talk with radio DJ and director of the Japan Indies Film Festival. We try to pin down what it is that makes Japan so awesome, touch on the role of immigration restrictions on culture, and even mention masks. We also talk about next week's film festival, and did I mention that it's FREE?

Japan Indies Film Festival is here - Nov. 16-17 in Japan, which is Nov. 17-18 in the US.

You can find Mike's radio show here.

The article Mike mentioned, "5 ThingsNobody Tells You About Living in Japan" is here.

"Japan REJECTS the West's Culture of Emotional Outrage" is here.

And the Walter Block article he mentions, "Thirteen Floors" is here.

You can see Mike's articles on LRC, here.

And my dad's article, "What Is Anarchy?" is here.

 

 

 

 


CA Governor Newsom's Executive Orders Ruled Unconstitutional - Court Issues Injunction Against Future Orders

 

Alice and Queen 1

Image: Public domain.

 

UPDATE: I'm changing the headline, because technically, the judge didn't rule on Newsom's "lockdown orders," but on the vote-by-mail order that Kiley and Gallagher sued him over. As I mentioned below, the point of that was to establish a ruling that would then apply to other orders. With her injunction, the judge has made it clear that she is applying the ruling to any future such orders (orders that amend statutory law), but what remains unclear is what will happen with the existing orders that she has said are unconstitutional.

From the judge's ruling:

"Injunctive relief is proper in this case for the following reasons: The Governor has issued a multitude of executive orders under the purported authority of the CESA, many of which have amended statutory law."

So the question is: Will these other orders Newsom has already issued-orders that she is saying are unconstitutional–also be voided? And if so, when?

Last week, CA legislator Kevin Kiley was a guest on my show, talking about his (and fellow legislator James Gallagher's) lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom, over his authoritarian lockdown orders. (Although, just to be clear, the one order that they went after in their suit had to do with voting by mail–their hope being that the precedent established there would apply to his other orders. Which it looks like it has.)

Today, the judge ruled in that case–in Kevin and James' favor. According to Kevin:

 

Today, a California Superior Court ruled in favor of me and fellow legislator James Gallagher in our lawsuit challenging Gavin Newsom’s abuse of power.

The Judge ruled Newsom violated the Constitution. She also issued an injunction restraining the Governor from issuing any more unconstitutional orders. You can read the ruling here.

This marks an end to Gavin Newsom’s one-man rule. It makes clear that the laws of the State of California do not countenance an autocracy under any circumstances – not for a single day, and certainly not for eight months with no end in sight.

The Court rejected Newsom’s extraordinary claim that a State of Emergency “centralizes the state’s powers in the hands of the Governor.” This is the unlawful basis on which Newsom has collapsed California’s system of checks and balances, issuing 57 Executive Orders and changing over 400 laws unilaterally.

The ruling is “tentative,” meaning Newsom has a few days to try to persuade the Judge to change her mind, but it’s rare for a tentative ruling to change. While Newsom can appeal, we are confident the decision is on solid legal ground and will stand.

 

I have been trying to read the ruling itself, but am unable to access the site–I imagine everyone is trying to read it right now. Once I get it, I will post an update. 

But here is what Kevin had written earlier, about expectations for a ruling. Without having seen the ruling itself, it sounds to me like Outcome 3 is what they got:

 

I see four possibilities.

Outcome 1: Newsom wins. Obviously, this is the worst outcome, although we could appeal. He could prevail either on the merits or on a technicality.

Outcome 2: We win a narrow victory. This is where Newsom has started to place all his chips. In his Trial Brief, he barely even tries to defend the legality of his conduct. Instead, he implores the Court to limit its ruling to one Executive Order – in a word, damage control.

In our view, that’s insanity. Our Complaint clearly asks for a permanent injunction against all such unlawful orders. While this outcome would still have value, affirming that the Governor isn’t above the law, it is not what we are hoping for.

Outcome 3: We win a full victory. This would “enjoin the Governor from further exercising legislative powers in violation of the California Constitution.” Newsom would be legally restrained – the only antidote to his historic lack of self-restraint.

A number of his previous orders would immediately be exposed as unlawful, while others may become newly vulnerable. As a matter of law, our republican form of government would be vindicated. 

Outcome 4: The Emergency Services Act is ruled unconstitutional. At the last hearing, Newsom’s lawyer himself said this is “one of the possible outcomes of the case.” It would result in the immediate termination of the State of Emergency and all emergency orders.

While this is not the most probable initial result, if it did happen, Newsom would seek an immediate stay of the ruling while he appealed.

The constitutionality of the Emergency Services Act is a question that would inevitably be decided by the California Supreme Court – which may be where this case ends up, one way or the other

 

What happens next? Since the ruling is "tentative", Newsom's team has a few days to try to convince the judge to change her ruling. Kiley thinks it is unlikely that she will. We will see. And if she doesn't? 

That's what I'm hoping to get Kevin to come back on my show to discuss.

Finally: The last time I donated to any election campaign was when Ron Paul was running for president. So, for me, it's kind of a huge departure to say: Please go and donate to Kevin's campaign.

You can do that here:

Donate

 

 

 


Pockets of Beauty: Japan Indies Film Festival 2020

 

 

 

 

My friend Mike, who lives in Tokyo, is running the Japan Indies Film Festival this year, in association with the Raindance Festival in London. Mike tells me that the festival was originally going to be held in a theater, but then "all of this" happened... so now it is online.

The trailer above is for "Life of a Geisha", which premiered in 2018 - and Mike says that it was the first film to sell out three showings in all of Raindance history. It is showing again with JIFF, beginning on November 16, here.

I've just looked briefly at some of the films that will be screened, and this looks fantastic! Some of the films are available now for viewing, so I'm going to try to watch a few before the actual festival dates (Nov 16-17 in Japan, 17-18 in the US). I'm not entirely sure what "immersive" means, but these look fascinating.

Here is the full press release:


Good news filmmakers! 

Japan Indies Film Festival will run November 16/17 immediately after our international partner, London's Raindance Film Festival ends (October 28 - November 7). Following government advice, our debut festival will be online only using a state-of-the-art (and very expensive) digital delivery system.

This platform is the exact same platform that is running Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, SXSW and Raindance Film Festival. This is will be Japan’s very first FREE online film festival. We thank Raindance Film Festival for helping us to show your films to the world!

"The JIFF platform is an ideal stepping stone to the very important Japanese audience for independent films. I am delighted that we are able to support this innovative venture with like-minded individuals.” - Elliot Grove, Founder, Raindance | British Independent Film Awards

All films will be available here (sign up now to watch the films for free!): https://bit.ly/2I0pSeU

 

Mike Rogers

Founder/Program Director

JIFF Japan Indies Film Festival


There is a lot of talk around the world now about how we are in a "spiritual war." And we are. I don't think you even have to come from a religious perspective to see that. The way I see it is, there are two forces battling each other: Creation vs. domination; freedom vs. tyranny; peaceful coexistence vs. violence. As it says at the top of this blog, there is the river, often filled with blood from the violence imposed by one side of humanity–and there are the banks, where all of life happens. Where people create, and trade, and just get on with their lives. 

There are many ways of engaging in this spiritual warfare, but in my view the most powerful way to fight the forces of violence and tyranny and domination is to simply create. To create beauty, and meaning, in the face of all the destruction, the force, the ugliness, and the tremendous efforts being put into dividing us all against each other. The forces of darkness–and that is exactly what we are up against–can inflict a lot of damage, they can kill, they can impoverish, they can destroy. But they cannot stop us from telling our stories and loving the people in our lives and creating beauty wherever we can. There are many ways to fight evil, and I think that this is one of the best. So, if you think so too, go on over to the JIFF site, check out some films, donate to support them if you can, and make a small strike against evil in the world.

 

 


A Year Ago Today: Some Gratitude and Some Rage

 

Tai chi in hospital 10 copy

 

This photo is actually from a year ago yesterday. My dad had gone into ER because (we later found out) he had a stress fracture in his knee. He was able to stand, and even walk, so they sent him home, but the next day–a year ago today–he couldn't stand, and went into the hospital. We didn't know it then, but he was leaving his home for the last time. From the hospital, he went into rehab, to build his strength while his knee healed. 

What we didn't know was that his cancer was progressing very fast. And on Christmas night, he was taken from rehab back to the hospital. Four days later he passed away, with all of us with him. 

I hate that my dad is gone. I wish we could have had him for many more years. But given that he is gone, there are some things I am grateful for about his passing:

1. I am grateful that we didn't know how bad his cancer was, or that he was dying. That's a weird thing for me to say, because normally I want all the information I can get and I am deeply opposed to deception. (And I don't mean that anyone deceived us here, just that we didn't know.) But this time... I'm glad we didn't know. I'm glad that we were able to honestly sit there with him and tell him that the plan was to get him stronger so we could bring him home;

2. I'm beyond grateful that my family lives here, in the same town as my parents, and that I was able to visit him nearly every day that he was in rehab. I am so grateful for the time I had with him, even though I still kick myself for not spending more time with him;

3. I am grateful that I told him, after he had been in rehab for well over a month, and was getting very tired of being there, that nobody could force him to stay there and if he really wanted to come home we would make that happen. He said no, that he thought the best plan was to stay there and work with the therapists to get stronger. But I am so glad I got to tell him that–it would have haunted me forever if I hadn't;

4. I am grateful that we were able to resolve all of our shit well before he died, and that there was nothing left unsaid between us;

5. And I am grateful that he told me how much he appreciated my being there for him those last few months. I didn't think he needed to say it at the time, and was almost offended that he thought he did. But it matters now and I'm so glad he said it.

When we took my dad into ER, a year ago yesterday, my mom started doing her qi gong in the hospital–to hold herself together, I'm sure. I got some pictures of her, and this is one of them. I love these pictures. They say so much about their relationship, and about each of them as individuals. About how they were each very different from each other, on different paths and with very different focuses in life, yet still so deeply connected.

Losing my dad was really hard. It is still really hard. It wasn't long after he left us that "it" all started "coming down"–just like he'd spent our whole lives telling us it would. And if he had gone into the hospital, and into rehab, only a few months later than he did, our experience would have been very very different.

I get that the elderly are the most at risk from Covid-19. Just as they are from a host of other infectious pathogens that entire economies haven't been destroyed over. And I get that that risk–for them, not for the rest of us–seems to be worse than for flu and other corona viruses. But none of that justifies how this has been handled. None of that justifies shutting people away and not allowing them to see their loved ones in their last months, weeks, or days of life. 

I agree that measures should be taken to protect the elderly from Covid-19 (and from other things that might kill them, including loneliness and despair). But if isolating them in that way is the best that the people making these decisions could come up with, then they have failed so miserably that they should never again be allowed to have responsibility for anything beyond–possibly–dressing themselves. Everyone involved in coming up with, and enforcing, these decisions should be so deeply ashamed as to be placed on suicide watch for a good long time.

I can't even imagine, and don't want to, what our last two months with our dad would have been like had he gone into the hospital today instead of a year ago today. He hated being in that place. He chose it, because he thought it was the best way for him to build up his strength, but he did not like being there. The only thing that kept him going was being able to see his people every day. I don't even want to think about what a nightmare it would have been for him, and for us, knowing how miserable and alone he was every day, or the guilt and pain we would have to live with forever after he died.

What has been committed here is a crime. Call it a crime against humanity, or call it a crime against a whole lot of people, but it is a crime and we need to call it that. And one day, the people responsible for this crime will be held accountable.  



 

 


Lockdown Truth from a Stranger #3: "Can You See What Else Is Crumbling?"

 

This is from Sufey Chen, on Facebook, who seems to be both brutally honest and brutally optimistic. We need so much of both now:

 

Sufey Chen photo

 

this morning, at the park. two young girls, maybe 7 or 8, one pushing the other on the swings. i look over in surprise. they climbed over the tape. i feel my heart surge, yes! they did it.

a park ranger pulls over. on his microphone. ‘the playground is closed. you are trespassing.’ his drone dull and robotic. ‘leave the premise immediately.’ my heart sinks. is this really what i’m witnessing?

the ranger stays put. parks his vehicle beside the playground. watches for any other ‘dangerous citizens’ dissenting.

the children leave.
i want to shout out to them.

i am sorry.
i am sorry this is happening.

maybe one day my heart will be big enough to tenderly hold all the fear and sorrow of the world. but right now? i’m not there yet. i am angry. furious. that this is reality.

seeing the new school regulations popping up makes me sick. even if we are unschooling and will never participate in that system - why is it that ANY child should be subject to such insanity?

desks six feet apart.
constant sanitizing.
no sharing of supplies.
plastic barriers installed.
no communal lunch halls.
masks covering their face.
no hugs, no holding of hands, no touching.

does any of this sound physically or psychologically healthy to you?

or does it sound like the kids of this generation have become guinea pigs in a seriously fucked up experiment?

how much do we have to see before we rise up and say ‘no fucking WAY’ - this doesn’t cut it for me. instead of complying and regurgitating the crap we are fed: ‘what’s the big deal? it’s a minor inconvenience.’

after all, we’re ‘saving lives’.

how many have to die or live their life in tatters before enough lives have been saved?

who gets to decide who lives and who dies as a result of these ‘responsible’ ‘selfless’ ‘life saving’ policies?

the things i’ve seen and heard over the past two months are gut-wrenching - far more horrifying than a virus to me.

***

a mother, posting on facebook: ‘how do i get my 4-year-old to wear a mask?’

one response: ‘say that if she doesn’t wear a mask an evil virus will come kill her grandparents in their sleep.’

oh, holy hell.

***

i see parents freaking out about their children social distancing and losing their shit on a kid, being a kid.

so many confessionals of hitting children coming out in the mom groups i am privy to.

i don’t blame the parents but i do see the hellhole (ahem *new normal*) so many are accepting.

while everyone is out here ‘saving lives’ ...
can you see what else is crumbling?

can we take off our blinders?
can we put away the politics?
can you come off your high ‘health hero’ horse to see?

what this is doing to our children.
and by that, i mean collectively.
what our children around the world are facing.

some, that have actually been locked in isolation, nary another child to play with in months.

others, in famine.
260 million worldwide.
‘marching towards starvation.’

can we open our eyes?

whether death of body or death of spirit it is alarmingly clear that this is unacceptable.

***

i see some parents reassuring each other.
from all day screen time to child abuse to whatever behavioral issue they’re going through.
‘we’re all in this together.’

as if sacrificing them was actually worth it.
‘they’ll be fine - we all turned out fine’

... but did you really?
or is that just what you tell yourself so you don’t have to sit with the enormity of your grief?

we don’t have to pass our chains down onto our children. they don’t have to carry the burdens we bore. we do not need to make them as small as we were once made to be.

we have a choice in the matter.
there is a chorus of voices.

the mothers, we care.
the future - we are raising.

no one will rob the freedom of our children.
to touch, to be kissed by the warmth of skin
to connect, to feel and be felt by the world
to breathe, to receive Her vital life force

the mothers, we are weeping.
the mothers, we are gathering.
the mothers, we are awakening - to all of it now.

we are standing up - speaking up - rising up now.


 


"The Question is: Are You Going to Stand Down?"

 

 

Watch as a former Marine, Dr. Cordie Williams, speaks to police in riot gear as if they are human beings, appeals to their sense of honor, and to their commitment to the Constitution. He urges them to stand up to their superior officers and to be on the right side of history. 

THEN WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.

One by one, the police start to walk away. 

I don't know what happens after this video. I don't know that the officers who walked off were not later replaced with others. And of course I can't be sure why they walked away. But I'd like to think that it was because of the things Cordie said to them and the questions he asked. 



 


Cop Served After Arresting Mom on Playground

 

 

When police in Idaho, enforcing lockdown orders there, arrested a mom who had brought her children to play in a playground area that had been closed off, this is what happened (above.)

People are always asking me "what can we do" to combat government violation of our rights, and to create a free society. 

This. This is what we can do. Hold the individuals who enforce government tyranny responsible for their actions. This is one way to do it, and it is completely peaceful. I don't know who the guy in the hat is, but his attitude here is a model for anyone who wants to bring about a free society: Don't make enemies of the individuals who are working for an evil system, but DO hold them accountable for their actions. 

UPDATE: Well, THAT'S embarrassing. I didn't even recognize Ammon Bundy. That's him. In the hat.

 

 


Some Lockdown Truth from a Stranger

 

Flatten the curve of tyranny

 

 

This was posted on social media - I don't know who the author is. But she (I think it is a she) is absolutely right. This is precisely how things should happen - and would have, if we lived in a free society:

I am going to try again to throw this out. I’ve typed it about twelve times and then stopped. It’s so touchy.

I am seeing so much anxiety about resuming business, and so much anger about continued regulations. People are feeling the need to catapult to one side or the other, then fight the opposition.

Here’s my perspective, from a mainstream medical model. I think a lot of folks have fallen into the idea that social distancing was meant to stop the viral spread. It wasn’t-it was meant to SLOW it while we put medical infrastructure in place. It has worked. We have, in most parts of Georgia, not been overwhelmed like we likely would have been without protective measures. In the meantime, our testing procedures have gotten better. We’ve increased our ventilator count. We’ve gotten a little better handle on PPE supply chains, and many have helped by making masks and gowns. Phoebe in Albany has a second COVID-19 ICU opened, and Atlanta has a field hospital ready to go. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better than it was seven weeks ago.

A vaccine is a long way off. At some point, people have to be systematically exposed to begin the building of (hopeful) herd immunity. We will likely begin to experience a real increase in cases after reopening. Ideally, that exposure is controlled and calculated, in phases, to allow our medical community to respond adequately, and reduce the number of severe or fatal cases. That’s where we are.

Whether you feel like Georgia is opening too soon, or not soon enough, we were never going to social distance this thing into nonexistence. You now need to proceed as your health, wallet, and conscience allow.

If you are medically vulnerable, you do not need to be a part of what is about to happen. Stay home if you can. If you’re not, or if your financial vulnerability trumps your health concerns, you need to proceed in ways that continue to protect yourself, and the elderly and medically vulnerable around you.

All of us need to calm down. Quit telling people who are financially struggling that they don’t care about human lives. Quit telling people who are truly at risk of dying from this virus that they are cowering in fear. Remember that until you’ve walked in someone else’s shoes, you should probably be careful in your judgements and subsequent harsh words.
We don’t HAVE to choose an either/or proposition and fight. We could choose other ways to be. Examples include but are not limited to:

“I think this may be too soon, so I will continue to shelter myself, and pray/make masks/ check on those who can’t.”

“I really need to go back to work, so I will do so, but I will be careful and try to protect myself, my family, and those around me with healthy strategies.”

See how those positions allow each of us to do what we need to, and also respect those who are choosing differently?

One thing that allows us to do this is humility. I can acknowledge that I am not an epidemiologist/economist/whatever, that I am making decisions based on my understanding of complex subjects and my own personal health and financial situation, that I am not all knowing, always right, and an expert in all fields, and that each person around me is doing their best too. We can make different choices and still be a supportive community. We can learn and evolve in our understanding of these issues.

 

 


The Sidewalk Chalk Movement

 

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My 84-year-old mom has started vandalizing the sidewalks of Burbank. In her defense, so have a lot of small children. Her messages are just a little bit more provocative. She writes:

 

Because there are so many out walking these days, our girls and I are writing in chalk on our sidewalks "Do You Own Yourself" in honor of Butler who would open each new property class with this question to students.

I would encourage anyone who agrees that it's a good question to ask ourselves, to get out the chalk and join us.

        Jane

 

What do you think? Does anyone else have ideas for questions or statements or little tidbits of information that might be appropriate to put on sidewalks during these times? Please post them here! ...and get out there and put them on your sidewalks too.

And yes, my sisters and I are all now getting mailings from AARP, but she still calls us her "girls."