Is Trump Working for the Russians?

It’s unclear to me clear if Donald Trump is unwittingly adopting Russian propaganda, knowingly doing the bidding of the Kremlin, or is an out-and-out controlled secret asset of the Russian intelligence services. All are sordid. Even former FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe answered, “I think it’s possible” when asked if President Trump might be an asset of Russian intelligence.

The more I think about everything this man has done since the start of 2020 the thought indicated in this picture doesn’t seem so farfetched.

Donald Trump ignored the pandemic long enough for his cronies to get their money out of the stock market before it crashed, approved drone strikes in Iran, stopped funding for the WHO, gave Hong Kong up to China, shrugged off allegations that Russia offered bounties to kill American troops in Afghanistan. He cites violence, praises white supremacists, fired 4 inspector generals, is attempting to control social media and the internet… the list goes on and on.

He has many potentially exploitable vulnerabilities. He is greedy, has lax morals and shame, isn’t particularly patriotic, has a difficult time with right and wrong, and is easy to manipulate.

However, he would be essentially impossible to control. His narcissism, poor memory, and ego would make it all but impossible for him to follow directions and keep a secret. He blathers about things he doesn’t understand, never admits that he is not an expert, is loathe to admit mistakes, lies constantly, and is barely intelligible.

Bottomline: agent or not, Donald Trump certainly doesn’t act like a president that wants the best for the American citizens.

                     Could be true, might be true, I have heard it mentioned

How Dare You Not Take Covid-19 Seriously

I agree… how dare you. I didn’t write this and I’m not sure who did, but it’s exactly how I feel and I am sure many of you do too 🦠😷☠️👏😷

Chicken pox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don’t think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you’re older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don’t just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it’s been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.

Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they’re going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you’re going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don’t just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it’s been around for years, and been studied medically for years.

HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system, and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years, and had been studied medically for years.

Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.
So far the symptoms may include:
Fever
Fatigue
Coughing
Pneumonia
Chills/Trembling
Acute respiratory distress
Lung damage (potentially permanent)
Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
Sore throat
Headaches
Difficulty breathing
Mental confusion
Diarrhea
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
Swollen eyes
Blood clots
Seizures
Liver damage
Kidney damage
Rash
COVID toes (weird, right?)

People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for 62 days, and while well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Not to mention a $1.1 million medical bill.

Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused heart attacks and deaths.

This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know.

For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity:
How dare you?

How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly. How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as “getting it over with”, when literally no one knows who will be the lucky “mild symptoms” case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30 year olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died, children and infants have died.

How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don’t yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend baseline precautions such as:
Frequent hand-washing
Physical distancing
Reduced social/public contact or interaction
Mask wearing
Covering your cough or sneeze
Avoiding touching your face
Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces

The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren’t immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts in both the short and long term.

I reject the notion that it’s “just a virus” and we’ll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.

~Author Unknown

Can You Be Medically Exempt from Wearing a Face Mask?

The tight-fitting N95 masks filter the air you breathe and protect you from inhaling small particles like dust or germs that cause disease. Those respirator masks do add some resistance to breathing in and some people with severe lung disease may find breathing more difficult while wearing one. The average person shouldn’t be wearing N95 masks, these are for healthcare workers.

Looser fitting masks, like surgical masks or fabric face masks, however, block some of the air you breathe out. If you are infected with a contagious disease like COVID-19, a surgical mask limits how much you might spread the disease. That also means surgical and fabric masks do not add resistance while inhaling.

Essentially, this means even people with respiratory illnesses—asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung diseases—can safely wear either surgical or fabric masks in public.

Finding a mask that fits well or a face covering with a fabric that is soft will help you stay comfortable while you help keep your family, friends, neighbors, and community safe from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.

There are no medical conditions that would preclude someone from wearing a simple surgical or cloth face mask, because both masks have no effect on respiratory mechanics. However, if you are having trouble breathing while wearing a cloth or surgical mask, you may not be wearing it correctly. If you feel like you’re sucking air through the mask, you are wearing the mask too tight. Simply look for a mask that has some stiffness to it, so that you don’t suck it into your mouth while breathing.

Bottomline: if your respiratory status is truly that tenuous that you’re not able to breathe through a cloth face covering, you should stay home and not expose yourself to any risk. If you are truly that fragile, a COVID-19 infection could be a death sentence.

Read full article here

 

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem

I have had enough of all the BS the Trump lemmings and the conspiracy theorists are saying about masks causing people to get sick from breathing in their own exhaled CO2 or that it causes hypoxia or any of the other ridiculous illogical explanation they tout as reasons not to wear a mask.

Hundreds of thousands of doctors, dentists, nurses, scientists, factory workers, etc all over the world wear facemasks for hours everyday for their entire working careers. None become ill, pass out, or die. If they did facemasks would not be part of their PPE. If they are safe for healthcare workers, they are safe for everyone.

Let’s begin here by putting those scare tactics to rest!

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. 😷

Conspiracy theories are rooted in mistrust

It’s hard for people to imagine that a “flu-like” illness could be so destructive given medical advances in the form of preventative vaccines and antiviral medications. No one has natural immunity to this coronavirus, leaving us all threatened and looking for information to make sense of the world. In a crisis event, one thing people do is engage in sense-making — seeking out facts and coming up with explanations. It’s a way of psychologically coping with the uncertainty. And that’s where conspiracy theories come in.


Some people continue to discount the risk of SARS-CoV-2 even now that there has been information from a multitude of global sources, like the WHO and the CDC, warning us that we should be very concerned. Part of the denial can be explained by the fact that such information was initially contradicted by some political leaders who suggested it might be a hoax or just a flu. People have lost faith not only in institutions of authority, but in the very concepts of truth and trust.


Conspiracy theories are rooted in mistrust. When people don’t trust authoritative sources of information—based on personal experience, political affiliation, or whatever—they are then vulnerable to misinformation. The conspiracy theories are endlessly more creative than the most detailed efforts to debunk them. As far as truth is concerned, it is a lost game. People who have decided to believe the theory of the day will just not change their minds, no matter how detailed and compelling evidence to the opposite might be. It appears as if they need another reason for the cause of covid-19 to be there, and they will have it there whatever the cost. Instead of looking at the facts, they bring up alternative facts.


For example, why do some people seek to establish a link between 5G and the coronavirus? In the first place, why is it so difficult for them to see the absurdity of the question? Is it ignorance? Is it because of sloppy reasoning?


People that believe in conspiracy theories are not convinced by factual information, they are ruled by emotions, not rational thought. They all contend they are searching for truth, if facts cannot help, they will be ignored, and alternative facts will be sought out. There is plenty of misinformation out there and plenty of places where conspiracy theories flourish, especially online. There’s the idea that there’s some hidden truth behind world events and fictional descriptions are often more tantalizing than the mundane truth or the reality that things, and especially terrible things, often happen for no apparent reason.


The real truth is that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate between believers and non-believers. We’re in this crisis together. And we need to trust experts — epidemiologists, doctors and scientists — because they’re all we’ve got.

Always be a little kinder than necessary

Confirmed cases of covid-19 worldwide: 381,643 / Deaths 16,558 / Recovered 102,429

In this time of crisis please check on your elderly neighbours. Today we drove by and saw our neighbour outside. We have never spoken to her before today. We found out she has been alone for a week, lost her bank card, and is running out of food. All she has left to eat is some fruit.

This broke my heart. 😢

When I got home, I went through our food supplies. We packed up a box and dropped it off to her. We may not have a lot but I am not going to knowingly have someone go hungry.

She mentioned she’d really love to have some wine. I have been saving my 3 bottles of wine but I popped one in the fridge for her. Tonight, I will give her the chilled wine and some homemade chicken soup.

We need to look out for one another, now more than ever.

This is our chance to alter the course of this epidemic, and we can do it

Worldwide cases of covid-19 337,553 / Deaths 14,654

China: 81,093, Italy: 59,138, USA: 33,546, Canada: 1,470, Mexico: 251

Some entitled people are not staying home and not following the recommendation of social distancing.

Prime Minister Trudeau said today: “Enough is enough.”

Governor Cuomo said: “People not staying at home – “It’s insensitive, it’s arrogant, it’s self-destructive, it’s disrespectful to other people and it has to stop. And it has to stop now.”

I read these words from a doctor in Quebec:

But I am especially feeling ANGRY today. Angry at those that are not listening. It has been made very clear to us that we need to be practicing social distancing. We need to self-isolate and some need to self-quarantine. This is not a test!

What is your job right now? To stay the F* home. To stay away from people. To isolate yourselves. That’s it! It’s pretty easy actually. Yes, this is a big shift in your life right now and it sucks. But you know what sucks more? Death. Death sucks more. Trust me, this is hard on all of us. But by making this mandatory shift you are actually improving the chance that you and your loved ones DON’T DIE from this pandemic.

To those young and old and those in between that are underestimating the gravity of this situation. This is NOT the time to hang out, to chill and to party together because then it is YOU that is propagating the rapid spread of this potentially deadly virus. The death of MANY will then be on YOUR shoulders. And why? Because you couldn’t just stay the F* on your damn couch.”

Yes, it is difficult, especially those who are not used to being alone or not being able to socialize or got outside. Not too long ago men were drafted to the army. All we are being asked is to stay home, unless necessary.  For example, to get food, medicine, walk your dog. It’s not a lot to ask and it could save someone’e life. It will take away the chaos in the hospitals.

This is our chance to alter the course of this epidemic, and we can do it.

Covid-19 Facts

FACT: The coronavirus COVID-19 is highly contagious; it spreads easily from person to person even before a person develops symptoms. This isn’t a political issue, a rich or poor issue, or one country’s issue, it’s a major global health crisis. WHO

FACT: It’s not just the elderly who require hospitalization. 38% Younger than 55

FACT: People are dying and doctors are having to make difficult choices. Who gets a ventilator?

FACT: COVID-19 is currently affecting 184 countries and territories out of 195 around the world.
On March 5, 2020 there were 97, 878 cases of COVID-19 around the world. At time of writing, March 20, 2020 there are 272,068 cases worldwide. That is more than double in two weeks. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

It’s hard to find two people who can agree on the exact same amount of caution or seriousness with which to approach COVID-19. We all know at least one person that thinks everyone else is overreacting.  The reasoning among COVID-19 skeptics varies from person to person, although it’s all ill-conceived.

Some people cannot be reasoned with. If we can’t get through to them, no matter how many legitimate facts they are presented with, accept that. Right now, and over the next several days, you need to focus on how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community, regardless of what reality others are living in. Unfortunately, until COVID-19 touches someone they know they will continue to believe that things will continue to occur in the future the way they have typically occurred in the past.

Those of us that are sharing valuable, legitimate information are not trying to cause panic and nor are we overreacting. But we are reacting, desperately trying to make you aware of a virus, more aggressive in its transmission than anything that has been seen in recent history, so you will take every single precaution necessary, so you and you family, won’t catch this virus.

Time is running out and people are not prepared, it’s up to each of us to do our part. It will be difficult but we can get through this together. We have to make sure the hospitals do not get overrun. Stay home as much as possible. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold you must self-isolate.

Coronavirus: Return to Canada or Stay in Mexico

For expats and long-term vacationers, the Covid-19 coronavirus comes down to two things – should I stay here or should I go home. And, that decision needs to be made soon with ever changes border controls and changing flights. Check the latest consulate advice about travel and any flight restrictions. Government of Canada Travel Advisory

Some things to consider when making your decision should include:

*MEDICAL CARE: Canada has free Medicare for all citizens, Mexico does not. Canada certainly has a larger quantity of high-quality hospitals for the population at large. Access to first-rate healthcare will be an issue in both countries. Todos Santos only has 2 ambulances and the hospital is not equipped to deal with coronavirus emergencies.

Quality of care for either country won’t matter if you can’t gain access to either, which is likely to be the case. And, even if you did get admitted there aren’t even a fraction of enough ventilators to be of any use. An added concern is the possibility of hospital acquired complications; in the case you need to be hospitalized. HAC

*YOUR HEALTH: Something else to consider is if you are at high risk. Health related co-morbidities like diabetes, can make it more difficult to fight off infections. Your immune system may not function as vigorously when you are older. Also, if you catch the corona virus, the possibility of hospital acquired infections (easily picked up in a hospital or even from a ventilator) is also an added concern. Comorbidities

*TRAVEL: The Canadian government is urging all travelers to return to Canada. When deciding to fly home, consider the risk of exposure due to long lines at crowded airports. Air travel in a confined space with other potentially infected people while breathing in recycled air is an added risk for exposure. Airports will be crowded. There is the risk you may be stranded as fewer international flights are likely to be available in coming weeks. travelers

Driving also has risks because you will need to stop for gas, food, and lodging causing possible exposure to contaminated surfaces. The coronavirus can last for hours and days depending on the surface.  How Does Covid-19 Spread

*TRAVEL INSURANCE: What exactly does your policy cover? A number of Canadian retirees are now being told that they have until March 23 to return home to Canada before their emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 will no longer be valid.” Insurance Coverage Changes

*SELF-ISOLATING: If you go back to Canada where will you be staying – in a house, condo or apartment. Do you have a home to return to or will you need to stay with relatives? Many people here have larger properties, if you self-isolate here you can still go outside and enjoy the weather without being cooped up inside. That may not be an option depending on housing back home.

You may be asked or required to self-isolated at home for 14 days when you return. Canada is currently asking this of all travellers coming from international destinations. Returning to Canada

*FOOD: People in Canada have given into panic buying with many stores running low on staples. There are more options for restaurant deliveries as well as food and supplies available online. In Todos Santos there are currently only two delivery services available. Some restaurants are providing take away but that requires leaving your property.

Interview with a Canadian snowbird going home. source

 

Stay or Go

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Explore Dream Discover

We get so caught up in the “American Dream” of finding the perfect 9 to 5 job, the perfect husband, the perfect house with a white picket fence, two cars and 2.5 kids that we forget that there is an entire WORLD out there to explore!

I don’t know anyone who has regretted moving abroad but I know plenty who have regretted staying behind.

Learning Spanish

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I was born and raised in Canada’s only official bi-lingual province, as children we had French classes from K-10. I’m not fluent in French but I can get by.

French and Spanish are both Latin based languages so one would think I’d have an easier time learning Spanish. But no. I find myself confusing the two languages. So I end up speaking a mashup of broken English, French and Spanish. So confusing.

It will come in time, the more I use Spanish and the less I think in French.

The Spanish lessons I’m taking at Hablando Mexicano are helping agreat deal. My husband and I were able to get into a small group class that was paced perfectly for us. Twice a week for 4 weeks. Our instructor, Ivonne, is excellent. We’re having a lot of fun and learning so much.

Risks and Choices

risks

Ultimately, moving to another country is a choice, and choice is all about sacrifice. When we make a choice, we consider this: what are we willing to lose in order to gain?

When you go on vacation, you’re willing to lose money to gain a week in the sun. When you move to another country, you’re willing to give up creature comforts in Canada in order to gain life experience

The Days of the Dead

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The Day of the Dead falls on November 1 and 2 of each year, coinciding with the Catholic holidays All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Although November 2nd is the official date for Day of the Dead, it is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. Usually the preparations (and some festivities) start even earlier than that. So really, the “Day” of the Dead can also be called the “Days” of the Dead, because the holiday spans more than one day.

Traditionally, November 1 is the day for honoring dead children and infants, and November 2 is the day for honoring deceased adults.

( http://www.art-is-fun.com/day-of-the-dead-facts/ )