We now have a president that cannot come out and play. He came out last Thursday and said some things that revealed such a lack of comprehension about biology and how the body works that it is a stunning wonder that he himself is still on this planet and alive. Do I actually have to write that you can’t inject any kind of bleach mixture into the human body without terminal damage, or at least damage that will disable a human for the rest of its living time on earth? Do I really have to write that you cannot breathe in and out fumes from caustic substances like bleach or Lysol or any disinfectants without the same result? Dr. Brix sold out yesterday when she would not confirm that any such statement made by an influential world leader was reckless, if not downright murderous. Instead, she said that we need to talk about other things. The president was musing with some scientists in the background. She, and her multi-thousand dollar scarves every day. Of course, she was the assistant and student of Dr. Fauci back earlier times. Funny how all that works. Meanwhile, the country stays shut down and filled with a bunch of angry people who are mad at the likelihood that the conduct of others may be endangering them.  Quite possibly, things will go the way of Hawaii, where neighbors and friends are being asked to report anyone they know who is not self-quarantining.

Harley Davidson, Trek, and Alan Edmonds shoes; what do they all have in common? The automobile, or rather the lack of those human carriages, has brought a certain commonality to those three seemingly disassociated products. Driving in cars and trucks is down seventy percent across the nation, and in some places, much more. There are no cars in Lake Geneva for most of the week, except on weekends. The city wants to go back to paid parking for revenue purposes, but on weekdays, of the eleven hundred parking meters I could drive around and view, only about sixty had cars parked in slots at any time. But we have Harleys and other motorcycles all over the place, seldom parking in any of the slots that are free, even. They just tour around, drawing their drumbeat attention, and then they move on. Not in big groups, like they used to be, but socially distanced, if you will, at just a few at a time…but so many. Bicycles are all over, and also people simply walking around. Since there is nowhere far to drive, many people are giving driving up entirely, unless they have to carry groceries in their car or pickup. I don’t know what’s going on across the nation because I am not out there, but in and around the lake here that’s what’s happening. I used to not like the big groups of Harley drivers, but don’t mind them anymore. They are quieter now and I understand them better now. They need to, have to, get out and into the freedom of open-air, and the road, and doing all of what it means to be an American. Who would have thought? I’ll never ride a motorcycle again because the risk of injury or death is simply too high (although lower now with all the other vehicles staying off the road). I am happy that this virus did not strike fully, and be reacted to so wildly, deep into the beginning of a terrible winter. That would have made things so much worse.

I feel like the outlier or outsider once again, as I look at the figures posted on MSNBC this week. Supposedly 76 percent of the public think that these stay at home rules are the right way to go and need to stay in place for the foreseeable future. Of the remaining 24 percent, almost the entire percentage thinks the rules ought to be made tougher. I just sit and look at the vapidity of those figures. A father and mother sitting at home, having run out of money, with no jobs or prospects for the future, with no stimulus and certainly no hope of an SBA bailout, are voting to continue this? To make the rules tougher? That simply cannot be, and also that hypothetical couple, with sleeping children who haven’t gotten up yet because school is something of the recent, and soon to be distant past, must be thinking about feeding the kids only a few days down the road. That couple has to be extended out to represent about forty percent of the population now. So, who’s being polled to arrive at the ridiculous result MSNBC put up on the screen? They are lying to us. The very people, the supposedly liberal media, I thought would bring a new world order of compassion, understanding and financial redistribution, is working lockstep with whoever is behind this whole nightmare and I now see that they are not going to quit. They are not going to bring the country down until real violence sweeps across the nation. Why do they want this? Is it that important to reduce the nation to ashes so the ashes can be ruled by them, whoever “them” is? I can’t even go out among my friends and discuss this issue, as they have, almost one and all, bought into the heavily backed and advertised story. Oh, we are going to beat the virus that barely was alright, but we are going to do it by reducing ourselves from the high flying fast-growing and technologically advanced society we were to a reduced social order of little more than cave dwellers like I used to visit in the mountains of Afghanistan when the Russians were fighting them in the ’80s. I felt so sorry for them, particularly the women and children, in those caves. I did not identify with them, however. I do identify with them now. I understand how they came to be in such circumstance and why they could not get out. Humanity has chosen, or it has been chosen for it by the few, to go down into the basal animal foundations of its origin that might best be referred to as the planet of the apes.  Can we save ourselves?  Not unless we have some real understanding of what really has happened, and that’s not happening.
~James Strauss

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