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Thoughts on getting my first vaccine shot

Yesterday, I was given a list of side-effects from getting my first vaccine shot. However, not listed was one of blistering rage. For near a full year, I'd been undergoing a series of emotions which all joined together into one formless, unidentifiable mess of a blob. I was numb and useless. Recently though, the emotions have begun to separate and I can identify them one by one: great sorrow, and ceaseless anger. And they originate from the same place: the inability of our political and business leaders to confront this crisis in a timely manner that would have saved millions upon millions of lives. Had countries shut down flights from China in a timely manner, the spread of the virus could have been stopped there as the Chinese managed to defeat it utterly. Had our countries, the USA, Canada, the EU, et al, simply shut down for six weeks when the virus was discovered locally, then its spread could have been stopped utterly. However, what we got were halfhearted and token efforts.
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Lessons learned — and forgotten — from the horrific epidemics of the U.S. Civil War  Johnathon S. Jones—Stat News   If there's only one thing to take away from this article, it's "the rigid enforcement of public health measures saves lives". There has been too much selfishness in peoples' behaviour, the belief that since the fatality rate is so low then everything will be fine, never taking into account the transmission rate of the virus, and that 1% accumulates, and with a high transmission rate, it accumulates very, very quickly. With a high transmission rate, the mutation or adaptability of the virus grows with every new infection, and every new infection leads into a situation where previous methods of combating the virus also need to adapt. However, with the half-hearted measures undertaken by neo-liberal governments, there has only been the lurching response that has severely under-served the public leading to a stark situation where everything done prior co

Never Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch: Canada and Covid-19 Edition

  Liberals to release federal budget Monday, with focus on post-COVID-19 economy Jordan Press—CTV News Well, the federal government thinks it's at the point where it can begin thinking about the time to come after Covid-19. Perhaps there's some room for optimism but then again what could be on the horizon may be hidden by the blazing sun. What may be burning is not the sky but instead the landscape. For instance, the news out of India is very concerning. It is as concerning as the news out of China back in November of 2019. The new variant emerging in India needs some serious study; India needs to become a place of concern for travel and trade right now, and flights to and fro should be suspended until more is known. That it is emerging that herd immunity needs only 60% as studies coming out of the UK and Israel is a major relief but if the virus in India is changed enough to avoid current immunization, then any and all efforts right now would be for naught. As things have been

Bruce Cockburn - Lovers In A Dangerous Time

The Ongoing Crisis in the United States

 It's growing and growing, the ongoing crisis. Getting a little worse everyday. What'll happen next is not known but can be guessed at. Financial corporations are doing very well, but real companies—the ones that deal in making things, growing food—they're losing money. This gap, this chasm, seems to be becoming something the whole of the American economy could fall into. It's a schisming. It's reflected in its people, who are set apart on two sides: those who wish to bring an end to police violence, especially against Black people; and those who support the police actions. However, this is simplistic, and perhaps not altogether quite what is the problem. It is history abutting with legacy. The legacy of America is both slavery and genocide. The wealth and power of the former slave-owning states has never again been witnessed, and there is some sort of longing for a return if not to the specifics of that era than at least to the circumstances. There is longing for t

Teck withdraws application for $20B Frontier oilsands mine, citing debate around climate policy

CBC News There's probably lots not being shared here. When I first learned of this project, I couldn't help wondering, "Why?" From everything I've read about the Tar Sands, I've come to conclude there's probably not a whole lot of money left to be made there. The Canadian government's been subsidizing Alberta for tens of billions of dollars for the past decade now. Not a whole will probably change in the near future, except for the continual inflation of costs to keep Alberta going. When it's all said and done, the Tar Sands will probably have drained 100's of billions of dollars out of Canadian taxpayers' hands, and there'll be nothing to show for it in government treasuries. I thought for certain this development was one last ditch effort to drain some more free capital out of the Albertan and Canadian treasuries, but for the company to wind down the project at this point speaks that Canada and Alberta both wanted the other to ba

Reagonites will have to reorient their politics

The Overton Window has shifted. The UK may lament the demise of Corbyn's campaign, but the end result of that election saw the so-called Centrists fall out of power in Labour. The same is happening in the USA. What these so-called Centrists have for so long disguised has been revealed to be meaningless. Mere Triangulation to carry-on with Reagonite-style politics of the dismantling of government, and hence democracy. However, their hollowing out of government also saw them hollowing out their mechanisms for interacting with people outside their comfort zone. These people, these elites, and their sycophants, they lost complete touch with a great majority of people. The Occupy Movement was not a one-off movement. It was a bellwether, a harbinger. And as this movement grows—and it'll grow exponentially from now one—people who do not adjust are going to be run down. The momentum of this movement has been building for 40 years. Like a flood. It'll carry off everyone, even