‘Musta’ been a solid night. The first I heard was Marcia’s Police Scanner announcing 6:00AM. Lately that would mean that I’d already been up, coffee made, a second poured, and halfway into my Saturday post. So, another happy Saturday lockdown day (for most of us).

” Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have.”Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Coronavirus – There’s been a change. In many ways the Coronavirus has already come and passed over; an it did for a vast majority of us. But, government will NEVER forget just how easy it was to take control of your life; to control every sporting event, classroom, restaurant table, and church pew. Even down to controlling whether or not you can leave your house.

And we allowed it! Not for a day or two when facing an unknown, but for weeks on end. In my state, with about 8-hour notice another month was added to the lockdown – and we the people sat. By and large we did nothing.

And trust me; it definitely is NOT ‘the Science’. “Science” is not what’s being followed, power is. Two hundred years after initiating the principles our nation was founded on, those flew the coop in a mere few weeks.

The ‘Science’ – For as long as I can remember ‘the science’ advocated going outside into the sunlight and the fresh air – for (so was the then ‘science’) the air in one’s home was the most polluted. Best for little kids? Go outside, play and root around the dirt and grass – “builds up their immune systems” was also the thinking. I remember a ‘science’ which advocated quarantining the stricken; the frail and elderly only.

After the declaration of a Pandemic, a forward path was promulgated by the medical community; a path which has been devastating to Ohio and the nation economically. Why were other specialties not brought into the discussions; specialties such as Biomedical Statistics and meta-research? People such as a Dr. Knut Wittkowski (formerly of The Rockefeller University) and Dr. John Ioannidis (Stanford) whose works offer a forward path 180-degree divergent from the draconian one we’re currently on?

Now, finally there are a number of States backing off those, panicked induced, edicts and life is proceeding. Others have doubled down and the scary craziness continues.

In the ‘Nati – the Lockdown seen change. The Murder rate has almost doubled over years past; as has Child Abuse, Domestic abuse – all the stuff a proper society does not want.

Yesterday, I saw two auto accidents; a total of 6 cars were totaled. The first one a driver blew through a red light two blocks from our place, then the driver jumped out of the vehicle bare-foot and through broken glass – totally high on something.

The second, a mile away, on a straight road with a 25-mph speed limit had a guy hit a pole and then do this to oncoming and parked vehicles. This is not normal stuff.

The calls for EMT help are difficult to keep up with. Yesterday, at the end of my walk I went into the kitchen for some water when an ambulance stopped across from us. Much of this in one way or another can be traced back to the difficulties of and the management of the Pandemic. Things need to change – NOW!

”Why forced isolation is bad: The Data is in – stop the panic and end the total isolation” Elon Musk

Two Odds & Ends – We live close enough to our Appalachian regions where seeing something like this is mostly viewed as normal.

On my walk I often pass by the offices of The American Postal Workers Union (APWU). I spotted this car in their employee parking area and it was a bumper sticker that caught my attention. Can you imagine this person’s Chinese counterpart in Beijing placing a MAGA sticker on their car?

Fini – Condolences to Dia with the loss of her mother. RIP Oma Kok.

Today, back in 1919, the first U.S. air passenger service started. It’s kind of ironic that today, a mere 101 years later and with a multitude of airlines ferrying millions of passengers yearly, most are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.

I was at Whole Foods when I saw two guys taking groceries out for delivery. I think it was close to a total of 100 separate bags. Part of our new world.

Heading for Aldi’s we stopped behind our County Coroner’s van. Seeing her name on the seal made me realize that my mother baby-sat her when she was a toddler. Time ‘clicks’ along rapidly!

Mentioning Aldi. Marcia asked me to go back and grab an item back near the store’s entrance. Now, having to comply with the new ‘One Way’ shopping experience, it was like figuring one’s best way through a maze to do it (and do it correctly).

Later today the neighborhood is bringing in a Food Truck that’ll park nearby. After calling in our order we’ll have something we call: Dinner “Out and In”.

An ode to the Great One; from my investment company this quote from Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky offering a post-pandemic strategy: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is.”

Make it great week, stay safe and be healthy!

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