Our Opportunity IS NOW

Nothing Physical has changed.

We are being told that the economy of the whole planet is now a disaster. If you consider the situation objectively, sensibly and realistically the huge wealth, the unbelievable beauty and potential possessed by our planet AND our ability to function as human beings are UNCHANGED.  We are being convinced that the world is about to come to an end (ARMAGEDDON!) That the world is facing a huge food shortage, that all the third world countries are now going to starve and that all the refugee camps are now at risk. All “precipitated” by Covid-19 ( C-19. ) The expression same old, same old comes to mind because the only thing that has changed on the planet is that C-19 has struck the planet with unprecedented SPEED. The speed with which it has spread has caused widespread panic and has resulted in Governments having to take action as never taken before. C-19 has forced Governments to do what they are supposed to do all the time. Take responsibility for their countries! The problem with politicians is dealt with in my Page on Politics as a Problem.  The USA clearly demonstrates where this has NOT happened. I have many references for the USA and TheDon with Pity America being the most recent summary of the situation.

This panic to make sure that countries can manage the situation has resulted in Governments having to force people to practice strict hygiene and forego ALL social gatherings. It had to be ALL social gatherings because we are not capable of controlling our mob instincts. This has resulted in us having to stop and take stock of who we are?

The world has merely PAUSED.

At this time we are sensitive, fragile, concerned and generally worried about ourselves, our families, the elderly, those that cannot care for themselves and, above all, those that are too uneducated, inconsiderate or pig-headed to even take care of themselves. C-19 has suddenly made us consider our own insignificance, illogical attitudes and questionable beliefs.

The planet, nature and the eco-system have not changed at all. Everything physical is exactly as it was before the arrival of the Covid-19. The only thing that has been shattered is our humanity. We have suddenly been forced to realise that we are not invincible. We, as a human race, can be brought to our knees by one small little virus. We, as the big intelligent, physically strong, dominating life form on this planet can be brought to our knees by this one small virus. Covid-19 does not care who or what you are OR  how much money you have OR whether you are white, yellow or black OR whether you are gay, transgender or homophobic OR mentally challenged or a genius OR Muslim, Catholic, Jewish or an atheist OR young or old you CAN BE AFFECTED by Covid-19  and die from the effects of the virus. Covid-19 CAN HAVE a profound effect on your LIFE. The effect that it does have on your life is of your own choosing.

You will choose how you continue to live after C-19. You and you alone can use this as an opportunity for good or for bad. You can take this as an opportunity to make the world a better place. Apply TheCode to your life and if you have a calling that you believe in, embrace your religion, but remember the trap – THE SECOND YOU ARE TOLD THAT YOUR RELIGION IS THE ONLY RELIGION – start to apply TheCode to those beliefs. Put them to the test and take the utmost care that you are not being manipulated by yet another cultist.

Same old, same old.

Unfortunately, many of the prominent leaders in this country will not take Covid-19 as the strongest WARNING that we have had to date. Covid-19 IS a wake-up call and if it is ignored we world will return to the same degenerate state that we were in before Covid-19.

Covid-19 has exposed and emphasised the most undesirable characteristics of our developed and so-called advanced nations.

Take the time to apply Respect before Responsibility before Rights and get everyone you can to do so.

Remember that the highest manageable level of Responsibility is the planet

and we now have the opportunity to take a serious look at how we treat the planet.

Please, Jude

Mob Instincts

This is a human tendency to become carried away by The Herd Instinct, for want of better term.

This is a fascinating human failing which often results in  undesireable human reactions. and I will attempt to understand this in much more detail soon.

Jude

Pity America

Having said “no more” I was sent a WhatsApp which places the whole of the trump mis-administration in excellent perspective.

Here’s what Ireland’s respected (mainstream) political writer says. Brace yourself! 🇮🇪 ☘️ 🇮🇪

Irish Times
April 25, 2020
By Fintan O’Toole

THE WORLD HAS LOVED, HATED AND ENVIED THE U.S. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE PITY IT

Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the US until now: pity.

However bad things are for most other rich democracies, it is hard not to feel sorry for Americans. Most of them did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. Yet they are locked down with a malignant narcissist who, instead of protecting his people from Covid-19, has amplified its lethality. The country Trump promised to make great again has never in its history seemed so pitiful.

Will American prestige ever recover from this shameful episode? The US went into the coronavirus crisis with immense advantages: precious weeks of warning about what was coming, the world’s best concentration of medical and scientific expertise, effectively limitless financial resources, a military complex with stunning logistical capacity and most of the world’s leading technology corporations. Yet it managed to make itself the global epicentre of the pandemic.

As the American writer George Packer puts it in the current edition of the Atlantic, “The United States reacted … like Pakistan or Belarus – like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering.”

It is one thing to be powerless in the face of a natural disaster, quite another to watch vast power being squandered in real time – wilfully, malevolently, vindictively. It is one thing for governments to fail (as, in one degree or another, most governments did), quite another to watch a ruler and his supporters actively spread a deadly virus. Trump, his party and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News became vectors of the pestilence.

The grotesque spectacle of the president openly inciting people (some of them armed) to take to the streets to oppose the restrictions that save lives is the manifestation of a political death wish. What are supposed to be daily briefings on the crisis, demonstrative of national unity in the face of a shared challenge, have been used by Trump merely to sow confusion and division. They provide a recurring horror show in which all the neuroses that haunt the American subconscious dance naked on live TV.

If the plague is a test, its ruling political nexus ensured that the US would fail it at a terrible cost in human lives. In the process, the idea of the US as the world’s leading nation – an idea that has shaped the past century – has all but evaporated.

Other than the Trump impersonator Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, who is now looking to the US as the exemplar of anything other than what not to do? How many people in Düsseldorf or Dublin are wishing they lived in Detroit or Dallas?

It is hard to remember now but, even in 2017, when Trump took office, the conventional wisdom in the US was that the Republican Party and the broader framework of US political institutions would prevent him from doing too much damage. This was always a delusion, but the pandemic has exposed it in the most savage ways.

Abject surrender

What used to be called mainstream conservatism has not absorbed Trump – he has absorbed it. Almost the entire right-wing half of American politics has surrendered abjectly to him. It has sacrificed on the altar of wanton stupidity the most basic ideas of responsibility, care and even safety.

Thus, even at the very end of March, 15 Republican governors had failed to order people to stay at home or to close non-essential businesses. In Alabama, for example, it was not until April 3rd that governor Kay Ivey finally issued a stay-at-home order.

In Florida, the state with the highest concentration of elderly people with underlying conditions, governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump mini-me, kept the beach resorts open to students travelling from all over the US for spring break parties. Even on April 1st, when he issued restrictions, DeSantis exempted religious services and “recreational activities”.

Georgia governor Brian Kemp, when he finally issued a stay-at-home order on April 1st, explained: “We didn’t know that [the virus can be spread by people without symptoms] until the last 24 hours.”

This is not mere ignorance – it is deliberate and homicidal stupidity. There is, as the demonstrations this week in US cities have shown, plenty of political mileage in denying the reality of the pandemic. It is fuelled by Fox News and far-right internet sites, and it reaps for these politicians millions of dollars in donations, mostly (in an ugly irony) from older people who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

It draws on a concoction of conspiracy theories, hatred of science, paranoia about the “deep state” and religious providentialism (God will protect the good folks) that is now very deeply infused in the mindset of the American right.

Trump embodies and enacts this mindset, but he did not invent it. The US response to the coronavirus crisis has been paralysed by a contradiction that the Republicans have inserted into the heart of US democracy. On the one hand, they want to control all the levers of governmental power. On the other they have created a popular base by playing on the notion that government is innately evil and must not be trusted.

The contradiction was made manifest in two of Trump’s statements on the pandemic: on the one hand that he has “total authority”, and on the other that “I don’t take responsibility at all”. Caught between authoritarian and anarchic impulses, he is incapable of coherence.

Fertile ground

But this is not just Donald Trump. The crisis has shown definitively that Trump’s presidency is not an aberration. It has grown on soil long prepared to receive it. The monstrous blossoming of misrule has structure and purpose and strategy behind it.

There are very powerful interests who demand “freedom” in order to do as they like with the environment, society and the economy. They have infused a very large part of American culture with the belief that “freedom” is literally more important than life. My freedom to own assault weapons trumps your right not to get shot at school. Now, my freedom to go to the barber (“I Need a Haircut” read one banner this week in St Paul, Minnesota) trumps your need to avoid infection.

Usually when this kind of outlandish idiocy is displaying itself, there is the comforting thought that, if things were really serious, it would all stop. People would sober up. Instead, a large part of the US has hit the bottle even harder.

And the president, his party and their media allies keep supplying the drinks. There has been no moment of truth, no shock of realisation that the antics have to end. No one of any substance on the US right has stepped in to say: get a grip, people are dying here.

That is the mark of how deep the trouble is for the US – it is not just that Trump has treated the crisis merely as a way to feed tribal hatreds but that this behaviour has become normalised. When the freak show is live on TV every evening, and the star is boasting about his ratings, it is not really a freak show any more. For a very large and solid bloc of Americans, it is reality.

And this will get worse before it gets better. Trump has at least eight more months in power. In his inaugural address in 2017, he evoked “American carnage” and promised to make it stop. But now that the real carnage has arrived, he is revelling in it. He is in his element.

As things get worse, he will pump more hatred and falsehood, more death-wish defiance of reason and decency, into the groundwater. If a new administration succeeds him in 2021, it will have to clean up the toxic dump he leaves behind. If he is re-elected, toxicity will have become the lifeblood of American politics.

Either way, it will be a long time before the rest of the world can imagine America being great again.

Ahmen,    Jude

American Finale 2020

I did say that I was now speechless on this subject BUT this scenario from Quora seems like a pretty well-balanced viewpoint and, considering the sick state of American Politics as a whole, probably a reasonable assessment of the damage to come. It does not mention the huge loss-of-life that is yet to happen as a result of the mis-mangement of Covid-19 BUT

We hope this is all that happens !!

 

November 3, 2020.

Around 7 PM the polls will be closing in the Eastern Time Zone states; we’ll first be flooded with exit poll results which may suggest a close race in states like Florida, North Carolina, they’ll even throw Pennsylvania in – to heighten the suspense.

By 8:30 we’ll know the results in many states. The obvious red states will stay mostly red, and the obvious blue will stay mostly blue – with a few surprises. Georgia will be too-close-to-call. Florida and Pennsylvania will also be too close to call… but a slight lead will be opening for Biden in all three of these states. Trump may have a slight lead in North Carolina, but the votes in Charolette will still not have been fully counted.

All of the non-Fox networks will start declaring victories for Biden in Pennsylvania by the time the Central Time Zone states begin to report results. Fox will remain convinced that Pennsylvania is still in play – if only because Trump will be leaning hard on that network, knowing that if he loses Pennsylvania, he must win Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio to pull off a second miracle win.

Florida, with a piece of its pan-handle being in the Central time zone, will remain too-close-to call, as will Georgia (people in Atlanta will still be waiting in long lines trying to vote – but they’ll have malfunctioning machines, and the black districts will all be forced to vote in precincts with a lower voter-to-machine ratio such that long lines inevitably form. However, given the animous between the black voters and Trump, they’ll stand in line with great resolve (all wearing face-masks to thwart the spread of Covid (as the GOP will refuse to allow mail-in voting)). Virginia will also have been called for Biden by now.

Meanwhile, Fox will come up with some exit polls in Pennsylvania (fabricated by the Trump administration) that suggest he is winning in Pennsylvania so that the people in Ohio, and Minnesota, and Wisconsin and Arizona will be encouraged to continue the fight and keep voting for Trump!

By about 10 PM, Pennsylvania will have been called for Biden, and Florida will be slipping away from Trump (but still too-close-to-call). Michigan will be called for Biden almost as soon as the polls close. Now, even if Trump wins Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio, he cannot win re-election without winning Arizona – and given how his CoVid response alienated the large retirement population in Arizona and Florida, it is a push to think he can win Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, and Arizona (especially after losing Pennsylvania and Michigan).

Around 11, Florida will be called for Biden, and so will Wisconsin. It will be all over. Even with Arizona (which is not likely) Biden has 308 electoral votes which is significantly greater than the 270 to win. The democrats will once again cheer on the electoral college (not because they believe in it, but because it will be the first indication of Trump’s final defeat). Champagne bottles will be uncorked across the nation, fireworks and bottle rockets will be sent into the skies, and Fox News will continue with the story that Pennsylvania and Florida are too close to call. Trump will not admit defeat; nor will he exit the race gracefully on this night.

The next day! It’s Wednesday, November 4th 

and if you are anything like me, you are waking up with a mild hang-over and at the same time, with an added pep in your step. The long nightmare will be over… (was that four years!? How quick, and yet, how very slow that went?!?!?!) I’ll probably take off Wednesday to lay around and smile and giggle and laugh and flip back and forth through some news channels, stopping on Fox once or twice to laugh at their continued insistence that all the votes are not counted. And then the picture will begin to emerge. Trump is not going to admit defeat.

By Thursday the 5th

this realization becomes explicit. It’s reported on all of the networks that the Trump campaign will not admit defeat and plan on challenging the results of Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin in the courts. They’ll say something to the effect that illegal workers were voting, and felons were voting, and people were voting multiple times, and the absentee votes were counted more than once… anything and everything will be thrown at the wall.

Anyone that is old enough will remember that the courts decided who the president should be in the 2000 campaign. So it’s not an unprecedented or unpresidential move….

After Trump refuses to admit defeat, the news stations that had called the victory for Biden, may walk that back, and we’ll be in an age of uncertainty, where we have no idea who the president will be, and all that we know is who the president currently is: Donald J. Trump. United States President.

While setting up a major lawsuit on one hand, the Trump administration will team up with the slack-jowled turtle, and they’ll go full speed ahead on as many judicial appointments as they can. They’ll probably do twelve hour days, seven days a week. This will be, in part, because Trump will likely lose his lawsuits on remaining president, and two, because the 2020 election also managed to flip the senate. Democrats lose their guy in Alabama, but pick up seats in Iowa, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina. I’d say Kentucky too, but let’s not get out too far over our skies here.

The lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan will ultimately fail, in part, because these states have democratic governors, who will be less willing to play fix-a-presidency with the votes cast in their states. Florida’s governor will be more than happy to oblige, but Florida by itself will not provide sufficient support. By the second week of January, the courts will re-declare Biden’s victory, and more champagne will flow, and more bottle rockets will explode in the sky.

Trump’s final week will include a brief visit from Biden at the White House, where Trump tries to explain what his administration was all about – but this meeting will be largely perfunctory, as Biden has forgotten more about the executive branch than Trump would ever learn, and as Trump really didn’t have many plans in the works, so there’s not much to say to Biden. Trump will try to make it look like the presidency is beneath him at this meeting, and he’ll pretend that he is soooo happy to be returning to his life… he will no longer be a “servant of the people.” His sacrifice was not appreciated by all, and the nation doesn’t deserve any more of his leadership (and boy is he right about that!)

Inauguration day, January 20, 2021.

Trump is seen leaving the White House with Melania and Baron close behind. A Trump helicopter will land at the White House, and right as Trump enters the helicopter, he is met by two FBI agents, and a lead prosecutor from the Southern District of New York. They had agreed, previously, that they would not hand cuff him in front of the cameras, and so he is read his indictment concerning illegal campaign contributions. The agreement between Trump and the SDNY states that Trump will officially be released, but he will also be expected to appear and defend himself of the allegations in the coming months. He’ll be looking at some time in prison, and he’ll also have a long list of tax investigations and fraud and money laundering investigators to divulge decades of business records to.

But shortly before noon, and while Trump is still the President, he orders the pilot to keep flying eastward out to sea, and several miles off the coast will be a Russian ship with a helipad. The helicopter will land on this ship, and Trump and his family will dismount. The FBI agents will be taken prisoner, along with the SDNY prosecutor. Putin will provide Trump with cover, stating that his intelligence officers can prove election fraud, and he’ll say that the deep state did this because of the relationship shared by Trump and Putin was an offence to the more powerful, hidden actors in America.

President Biden will demand Russia returns Trump to face justice, but just like Snowden, and Crimea and the Ukraine, no serious action will be taken. Trump will flee to live as a political exile in Russia, and he’ll continue to enjoy legions of supporters in the United States. Some 35 percent of Americans will believe that Trump was set up for defeat and that the election was rigged as a deep state conspiracy. Trump will foment revolution from a secret abode in the Kremlin. Americans waving Trump flags and AR-15 rifles will flood the streets of many major US cities. There’ll be some clashes and some people will be killed. Tear gas will be used to break up the crowds.

Later

And then some good news emerges – the Covid 19 vaccine is successful and available to millions. The economy in 2020 was one tenth of what it was in 2019. But with the vaccine, people can return to work without fear. Sports stadiums will be filled again. College football returns in the fall. Movies will be released in theaters. Thanksgiving Day will have the Macy’s Day Parade. The economy will begin to pick up. People will greatly appreciate the jobs that they once loathed. Biden, who entered with a 53 percent approval, ascends to near 60 percent approval at the apogee of the return to normalcy. The Fourth of July celebrations include record crowds on the Washington mall. And amid all of the excitement of the end of the Covid virus, the Trump supporters will slowly dissipate and disappear. Yes, problems with carbon fuels and the changing climate will continue, but given the year of lockdown, the evidence will be that much more credible, that humanity does have an impact on climate. Green energy will be pursued by the Biden Administration, and with the democratic senate, it will pass. Lots of great jobs emerge in wind mill manufacturing, solar panel installation, and the rebuilding of the electrical grid – not to mention the upgrade to 5G networks. December 31, 2021, the sun sets on a globe that has healed itself, on people that have healed themselves as well, and on this glorious night, with fireworks and champagne that are reminiscent of those seen in the classic Hollywood films, Trump will be but a distant memory to the vast majority of Americans (although, yes, Fox News will still be questioning whether or not the vote was rigged in Pennsylvania).