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I don't think this is the way to go.

There is an agenda to defund cops. I don't think so. We need these guys on OUR side.

Look what's happening. We're getting Mayors and Chiefs declaring for our side. We absolutely need them. It would be better to cultivate an understanding of the matter in terms of fighting for our country, the idea that everything will be forced to change after President Biden has taken over.

But, for goodness sake, we need to tear them out of Trump's twisted little fingers and prepare to use them as we must. You don't get that by telling them you want to defund them.

One of the very first things Trump did was make friends with the cops, propping them up, smiling in their faces and getting them on his side. THAT'S what we need to tend to, not threatening them with extinction. Anyway, we want them there. What we need is for them and their culture to change.

We could create a nationwide training program that all cops would have to attend in order to get hired anywhere. It could be a licensing requirement. And, then we could control the narrative they get in dealing with citizens. It may seem like we have that now, but we don't.

Making a police chief's budget harder for training is not the way to go. Isn't that what "defunding" means? It doesn't make sense to me.

I'm not advocating more useless dialogue. But, now is not the time to stay on their bad side. Open up the plans and include them in saving our country.

This doesn't need to quiet righteous anger in the least. It just means working smarter to get what you want.

Group Think

People have died. They've been injured. Their property destroyed. The enemy is before us. We have to make this count.

We'll win. The Orange Asshole will retreat. And then we are left with our Group Think. The ugly shadows will fade back under their rocks, waiting for their next chance. They will always be there.

Good intentions are not enough. We'll have a leader that can restore us. And following him, our first female President. Yet, it's ourselves that have to really, really fix it.

Our Group Think for civil rights, fixing the environment in a bid to save the planet, for education, the economy, and everything else needs to be an overwhelming mantra of fairness, an equity that we have never seen before in our history. This nonsensical racial animosity has to be consigned and done with. Those with such feelings will be outliers, to be left behind as the rest of us find the open, clear air.

It can't continue like this. Our social engineers need to make this unthinkable going forward. While we are all individuals, with different opinions, different ideas, we can return to the spirit our country was founded on.

There are those that would correct me and say, well, the country was founded on slavery, hatred for the indigenous population, and was only meant for white, Christian males. But, we do have that Statute of Liberty in the harbor. And, we have our children. Let's fix the flaws and move into some kind of Golden Age where we value ethics, freedom, equality, and just feeling that we are a family. We are a place where we are free, a place of safety and happiness.

We will NOT be done after we win. It is more than a sweeping nullification of Trump's EOs, of kicking the GOP our of government as much as possible (because they sure are not fit to govern us.) It will be more than new construction. If there is new construction, it will be of our spirits, our souls. You do not have to be religious for this to happen. It's where you stand on your own two feet and decide to live and let live. And, help live.

Take a deep breath, people. Stick together. We are going to get rid of the trouble and make a new country.

Curfew musing

Woke up to a new curfew in my area. Starts at 6pm, ends at 6am.

This doesn't bother me except that I wonder why it didn't start at a time that matched up with daylight savings time. Or the next county over, whose curfew starts at 7pm. Are they better than us?

This will cause Amazon's estimated delivery time to be off by two hours. This doesn't bother me, either. It seldom means anything.

In the spirit of curfew, I've decided to stop looking for deliveries at 4pm. That seems about right, seeing as how I let my cardboard boxes breathe a little extra time, to let them shake off the Covid-19.

Curfew coordination in the country is still important. I am one with the people.

What a shitty day

Riots, fires, jobs lost, businesses lost...half my house power went out (you know, just so I don't feel left out--no electricity, no peace! Oh, that was probably inappropriate...)

I keep thinking about how many more people now have no job. And, all those people have exposed themselves to CV-19...watching people looting in Long Beach now...and, all along, I feel tremendously guilty because, you know, Trump Tower...sorta wish, but that's against my...hmmm...

While the Orange Asshole was running his mouth, did he really think that was the thing to do??

A fool of a pRes. I simply wish the people would at least switch to "Resign Now! Resign Now!" Yeah, open that dialogue up...

Hey, Trump, this isn't even half of what we got! Wait until the old people show up with their walkers, and canes, and nurses. Get ready...

News from the Covid front

Not meaning to distract everyone from the riots, fires, and pRes trash talk, but I would like to place this here:

So, I started trying to find out why the new MIS-C disease is related to CV19. It turns out that it is probably because they are finding evidence of exposure to cv19 in the victims. But, they don't know for sure.

Children present with a much more severe form of Kawasaki Disease, are somewhat older (8 yrs vs 4 yrs) and have an added symptom of abdominal pain. Average dx is on day 6 of a high fever.

The rate of cases is quite high in comparison to all the cases of Kawasaki in the last 5 years. So, while it isn't as bad as the CV19 pandemic, it is alarming because it can affect kids under 2 years of age.

Parents of kids unprotected because they are "too young" to get CV19 need to familiarize themselves with the s/s of Kawasaki.

Put your hands on the wheel.

Decades ago, while in the Army, I was stopped by cops for a mechanical violation. I had been listening to a portable radio that was lying on the front seat. I reached over and turned it off.

Cop leans in the window and looks, and says, "Oh, that's what you were doing." He told me then that, whenever a cop stops you, put your hands on the wheel and don't move them. I paid heed, and to this day if I am stopped by a cop for anything, anywhere, I make sure to show him my hands, even if he hasn't asked to see them. I basically hold my hands up. May look weird, but my family has had run-ins with cops that have not ended happily.

I think that anyone, white or black, needs to do this. It's not a "you stopped me because I'm Black ( whatever)" moment. It's a "he's a cop with arrest powers and he has a big weapon to shoot me dead with" moment.

We may be forced to march in the streets in the future (not riot, MARCH) and we will need to train ourselves how to react to cops. Nonviolent protest is better than burning down someone's livlihood. Why anyone would want to burn someone's business, someone on your side, is beyond me. Yet, it happens so much.

Just a rant...

It just hit my last nerve. I HATE this new ad software that takes you to a full page ad when you try to read a post.

I have been struggling to even get back to the original page when these ads appear. I hate them. DU has made it very hard to read the posts.

Well, thank you for listening.../rant.

Future pandemic

Our reaction to the pandemic is the same as it was for the first SARS. We didn't change anything. Wear a mask, wash your hands, social distancing.

Moreover, we spend a lot of time discussing the worth of our homemade masks. People have jumped into the breach left by our nonleading, grifting pRes and are attempting to make a mask that is profitable for them and that works as well. Meanwhile, the Trump Crime Family is stealing the N95 masks from buyers.

In the first pandemic of SARS, we failed to develop a safe vaccination, and stopped trying.

I think that a lot could have been done if we had a plan to provide everyone within our borders with boxes of N95 masks at the outset. We could have revved up production massively and sent a monthly supply of masks for going out to pick up the monthly necessities, like food runs and such. People could have rationed their own masks to last a month until the next shipment came to them.

We do not know if anyone private is quietly developing a vaccine. Around the world, people are trying. But here, Trump is obstructing our own efforts to stop this pandemic. I truly believe that both money and politics are hindering our efforts.

You can see where this CV19 pandemic is heading. Even if the infection rate slows down a bit, with this hard push to reopen, it is going to be a problem for a long time.

If we want to reopen, and we do, because the economy is crashing, then Trump (who doesn't care because he is not hungry himself) could have worn a mask. Then, he could have made an order for everyone to wear one when outside their own home. If he really wanted to be grandiose, he could have sent a care package including masks, gloves, and sanitizers to everyone.

Of course, he would have had to give up his family's grifting on our time and dime. I think it would have been cheaper for us to provide what we need to cut down the virus. As it is, we haven't changed a DAMNED thing that we have done in the past. When will we learn?
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