What a whirlwind of activity since shutting down our economy, voluntarily looking ourselves up, and devoting all resources to fighting this virus. Let’s review some the highlights.
1. Jared has been appointed to the Presidential Covid Task Force. That means we can all rest assured the virus is fleeing, afraid of Jared and his vast medical knowledge. I’m sure he’ll push through medical testing of injection/ingestion of cleaning chemicals. Just so we’re clear, this Jared is the son-in-law, not the sandwich guy.
2. Stimulus checks are arriving, and being spent, for a lot of people. It’s being phased, whatever that means. Shortly after receiving the payment, you’ll receive a letter from the White House reminding you of how we’re all in this together. Except for testing which is only for the rich, famous and politically connected.
3. High politicians visit medical centers, as a show of support and solidarity, but fail to wear masks. Too bad there was no medical staff brave enough to bar entry unless masked.
4. Car companies are offering extended pay periods (84 months [7 years] as opposed to the usual 60 months) with no payment for 90 days. What a deal, especially considering your job is gone until further notice.
5. Actors, actresses, entertainers, mega corporations, business tycoons and politicians are all reminding us that we are all in this together. Their thoughts, prayers and support are with us. Some of them have started charitable funds, to which we can contribute, that purport to support various affected workers. The 2019 statistics report 13.5 million employees in the restaurant industry. One add keeps running to show how that business cares, as they have started a Restaurant Workers Fund, with one million dollars (a tax deduction by the way). That fund is supposedly there to support those workers. Currently, the payout would be a little under 74 cents per employee. Amazingly, I have not received any financial support from these people.
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. For some reason, May first is being bandied about as the day to ‘reopen’ the economy. Why? Because 30 days of house arrest is the start of the breaking point.
Joe GED’s Right and Left Covid-19.
Candy bar companies aren’t the only ones with Right/Left (two sides of one coin) public issues. Let’s consider our current Covid-19 situation. After all; as all politicians, monarchs, and dictators know about seizing power and control, NEVER let a good crisis go to waste.
RIGHT COVID. This is the Magician’s right hand on which we are to focus.
1. Stay At Home. This sounds great for the general good. If you’re not out-and-about, your chances of contracting or spreading the virus are greatly reduced.
2. Social Distancing. In the USA our ‘norm’ is 2-3 feet. Expanding to 6 feet doubles the distance, thereby reducing our exposure.
3. Contactless Delivery. A new marketing concept. Somehow, our pizza jumps from the (500, 475 or 450 degree) oven to our doorstep without human contact. Additionally, we can order and pay for anything on-line, from any retailer, and have it delivered to our doorstep (or pick it up curbside at the business location) without any human contact on our order.
4. Reduce Large Gatherings. What if I don’t and/or can’t cook and a restaurant is my only means of sustenance? What if my only means of maintaining sanity is attending church, movie theaters, public parks, public beaches or shopping malls for the human contact?
5. Essential Workers Only. Again, sounds good. But who decides what’s essential?
6. Defense Production Act of 1950. The President says he’ll do it. Congress says No Way. The President says he won’t do it. Congress then says he must to combat the Coronavirus by directing and financially supporting industries to produce items required for the National Defense.
LEFT COVID. This is the Magician’s left hand that we are not supposed to notice.
1. Stay At Home. It’s much easier to control a large population when they’re self-restricted to their homes.
2. Social Distancing. Doubling our centuries old societal norms of distancing contributes to our primal instincts of distrust.
3. Contactless Delivery. Really? What a marketing gimmick. SOMEONE has to package and deliver the food/product
4. Reduce Large Gatherings. The fewer people in a given area, the easier it is to control.
5. Essential Workers Only. Police, Fire, Medical – we can all agree those would be essential. Grocers and utilities (yes)? What if I need Solar installed in order to reduce my greenhouse and carbon footprint? Sorry – that’s not essential. What if I live in an extremely small place (due to earning a low income) and need restaurants for my income and food? Sorry – that’s not essential.
6. Defense Production Act of 1950. Legally, the first step toward Martial Law and the complete suspension of constitutional rights. Production of N95 masks, PPE, and Virus Testing Kits are in the mix. So is federally mandated: production of items to build border walls, deport undocumented and ‘potentially biologically compromised’ persons, restrict movement of citizens that are ‘potentially biologically comprised,’ and other measures as the Executive Branch deems necessary for the protection of the common good.
Thank you Pelosi for falling for the Trump – I won’t (we hate/despise you) So…you Must move on approving the legality of this act! WHERE ARE WE GOING? We should probably ask the citizens of Hungary and Prime Minister Viktor Orban Fidesz (who was granted Rule By Decree – Dictatorship) by a panicked Covid people.
It’s been some time since I last posted (last post September 2019). Digital life got in the way. I finally retired my old flip phone and got a new Smart Phone. What a mistake! I became one of those digital age / millennial / Gen-Z people for whom I so much despair. Truly, smart phones are a mind numbing addiction. I quit cold turkey and have re-emerged into sanity. I credit our current political pandemic for my cure (this post March 2020). I only strive to pose questions to my faithless readers, thereby causing them to think. So… COVID-19 AND ME:
Here we are at the end of September 2019. I’ve tried to get back to posting my keen and insightful observations on a monthly basis as I realize my constant readers need guidance. After all, why stress out thinking for yourselves when I can be your conscience? So, without further ado, here’s what you should be concerned about at this moment in time.