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

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.

Black Lives Matter

To say All Lives Matter right now is passively racist.

White people aren’t being targeted, looked at with suspicion, treated like criminals they way black people are. When a group of people are being treated so differently just because of their skin colour, it is wrong.

The movement Black Lives Matter means black people need to be treated exactly the same way as white people, to have the same opportunities and for anyone not to understand that, they are either down-right stupid or racist.

Senicide – life is more important than money

Total cases of covid-19 worldwide: 531,810 / Deaths 24,068 / Recovered 123,405

The word genocide, the murder of a tribe or people, was coined in 1944 by  a Polish-Jewish refugee escaping Nazism. The word senicide, the deliberate murder of the elderly, is less well known.

That is about to change.

It seems increasingly likely, a significant number of countries are going to continue mismanaging the pandemic caused by the virus Covid-19 and a very large number of old people are going to die before their time.

The lieutenant governor of Texas endorsed President Trump’s desire to get the country back to work and said that he and other older Americans might be willing to sacrifice themselves to the virus to make that happen.

Mr. Cuomo, Governor of NY, in response to to that remark had this to say:

“My mother’s not expendable. We’re not going to accept a premise that human life is disposable. And we’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life.”

The economy will bounce back, it always does. For politicians to even suggest that society put the economy over human life just shows uncaring the world has become. The USA has become a corrupt, depraved society, the people en masse have lost their moral sense.

Senicide should never be tolerated in the 2020s, at least in all in modern, developed democracies. Those countries whose leaders allow nationwide senicides should, like the perpetrators of genocides in the 20th century, be judged harshly, not only by history, but also by voters.

The Bible verse,“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10, really applies.

 

First World Pandemic Problem #2 – Slow Internet

People around the world are self-isolating due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. With so many people at home, most are using the internet to communicate, work, learn, and stay entertained. The use of YouTube, Netflix, video-conferencing, Facebook calls, and video gaming has surged to new highs, and the stress on internet is starting to show.

I have attempted to add a post here several times today. I am now frustrated; I have seen the below gif one too many times. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.

First World Pandemic Problems

Total confirmed cases of covid-19 worldwide: 422,829 / Deaths 18,907 / Recovered 109,102

I had three precious bottles of wine left. I gave one away to my elderly neighbour and decided I would chill one of the others for myself. I placed the bottle in the freezer and waited for it to chill.

A little later I went to retrieve it. When I opened the freezer door the bottle rolled out an smashed. I was not impressed.

I do realise there are bigger problems in the world right now, hence why I wanted the wine in the first place.

Cheers 🥂

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.

Trying to Find Joy and Be Thankful During Self-Isolation

Total cases worldwide: 308,227 / Deaths: 13,064

It’s weird that my life under self-isolation is not much different than it was before this pandemic. My husband and I rarely left the property, except for Thursday ‘Date Night.’ I do miss the best pizza in town, drinks at our favourite little bar, socializing with other people, but it’s not all bad. It certainly could be worse.

So thankful I am not cooped up in a small apartment. I am fortunate we rented a home with a large, fenced property. I can still go outside; I can go for a swim in the pool; relax in the hot tub; it’s almost like I am cut off from the rest of the world. The closet house I can see is quite far away.  The covered patio faces the Pacific Ocean with miles of deserted beach and sitting outside with the sound of the waves crashing gives me peace and serenity. I am blessed, but still, it is a stressful time.

I stocked up on loads of seeds, not for cooking, but for using as bird seed. Everyday, while my morning coffee is brewing, I sit outside watching all kinds of wild life – quails, cardinals, blue jays, ground doves, white winged doves, and a pair of chipmunks. I put half an orange on a tree branch and that attracts 2 kind of oriels, one with bright orange and one with bright yellow feathers, and woodpeckers (or they may be sapsuckers). Sometimes a road runner casually strolls by; they look nothing at all like the cartoon btw. Occasionally I see a hare, usually at dawn or dusk, and there are wild horses that visit the pond in front of our house for a drink. For a desert there is more animal life than you would think.

All the birds are very entertaining the observe. One of the bigger male doves ruffles the feathers on his back and charges at all the other doves. The quails scratch the ground and the way they move looks like they are doing a jig. The quails also make very funny sounds. The small ground doves put their wings up, like shields, when the other little doves get too close. The blue jays hide some seeds for later, I never knew blue jays did such a thing. The little chipmunk comes sniffing along and finds all the seeds hidden by the blue jays.  Watching these little animals gives me joy, and sometimes laughter, in this strange world we are currently live. It’s in this moment, I can forget everything that is going on in the world, and take time to just be happy.

I see the videos of people in Italy singing on their balconies, building after building, coming together as one during what has to be their most difficult time. Watching that video, and seeing the community comes together, makes my eyes well up. A lot of things make my eyes well up lately. Obviously, this imminent event, with such an uncertain outcome, is making my subconscious uneasy.

Missing My Family

I’m feeling a bit blue today. I miss my children, my parents, and my sisters. When this is all over I’d like to have a family reunion. The whole family including, nieces and nephews.

Very thankful we live in the age of technology, video chat is so much better than a phone call. I miss them all so very much.

My oldest daughter lives in Montreal, Canada. She has been laid off work and is self-isolating in her apartment. She lives alone and I worry how she’ll handle no social interaction. She is used to being around her co-workers and friends and this may be very difficult for her.

My middle daughter has been travelling for the past 2+ years. I mentioned in an earlier post that she had left Beijing for Phuket. Her visa ran out so she has hunkered down in Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia. The virus hasn’t arrived there and I hope it never does.

My son, the youngest, lives in New Brunswick. He is still working but that could change at any time. He lives with his father and is well outside the city limits. A good place to be during this crisis. He’ll still be able to get outside for fresh air and vitamin D.

I video chat with my parents. I haven’t seen them in three years and I miss them so much. They have trouble with the screen and sometimes I can only see part of their face but a part is better than none at all.

The Whole Family Gathering

The Whole Family Gathering – Vector

 

My Thoughts Are With Italy

“Coffins awaiting burial are lining up in churches and the corpses of those who died at home are being kept in sealed-off rooms for days as funeral services struggle to cope in Bergamo, the Italian province hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Wednesday, Covid-19 had killed 2,978 across Italy, all buried or cremated without ceremony. Those who die in hospital do so alone, with their belongings left in bags beside coffins before being collected by funeral workers.

In Bergamo, a province of 1.2 million people in the Lombardy region, where 1,640 of the total deaths in the country have taken place, 3,993 people had contracted the virus by Tuesday. The death toll across the province is unclear, but CFB, the area’s largest funeral director, has carried out almost 600 burials or cremations since 1 March.

“In a normal month we would do about 120,” said Antonio Ricciardi, the president of CFB. “A generation has died in just over two weeks. We’ve never seen anything like this and it just makes you cry….“Families can’t see their loved ones or give them a proper funeral, this is a big problem on a psychological level…” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/generation-has-died-italian-province-struggles-bury-coronavirus-dead

Everyday the news is worse than the day before and I silently I mourn with the people of Italy.  Covid-19 doesn’t care for borders and soon North America will be another Italy. And still some people are oblivious.

The expats here are just starting to go from denial to panic, but not crazy panic. Our property manager told us today there isn’t hand sanitizer anywhere in town, but there is still toilet paper. The local Mexican Nationals are, for the most part, still in denial.

Almost everyday my husband and I have been warning people on the towns Facebook news feed, desperately trying to make them aware of what is heading our way. Some try to start religious debates and other say we are over-reacting and others accuse us of stirring up panic. I find it very frustrating that so many are not taking this seriously.

I hope it doesn’t come here, the town is not prepared.

 

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

Trump Lied, People Died

Worldwide cases 198,730 / Deaths: 7,989

It sickens me how Trump has put the American people in danger. Hashtag trending is #TrumpLiedPeopleDied 🤥
Wonder if he realizes he going down in history as the worst president ever 🤔

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday. On this day I always take time to think about the past, present and future.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d being spending my birthday self-isolating in another country while a global pandemic rages 🌎😵 Actually I’d never thought that something like this would happen in my lifetime.

This could be one weird year 😳

My husband posted this on my Facebook page:

“10 years ago I asked if she was sure about marrying me. She had no idea what the wild west would bring, from -40 temps to raging fires. Today, Her Birthday, and she finds herself developing CoVid-19 information material for the local Mexican emergency management group, while I consider home invasion deterrents. After all we are living in the Mexican Baja 3000 km from home on the southwest side of the continent. Lisa always said she wanted an adventure. I am now thinking she is an closet adventure junkie! Happy Birthday!”

Oh, I’m a girl, my name is Lisa, so the song is fitting. Thanks to my cousin for sending this me.

 

Canadians “It’s time to come home”

Worldwide cases of Covid-19 156,730 / Deaths 5839

Canada urged all Canadian travelers abroad to return to Canada. I would rather be in Canada, there are far more hospitals and the healthcare is free for all, but that won’t matter if I cannot get a a bed. Here or there, there will soon be no beds.

My husband and I talked about this and, for now, we have decided we are safer here. We are isolated on this property and can get groceries delivered. Right now we are in the best possible place to ride this out. That could change in the coming weeks but the risk of air travel or driving is too high.

Many countries are closing their borders and /or stopping air travel. Everyday more and more countries have infected. I really fear for the US citizens, Trump waited too long to do anything and it appears it has been spreading there at least since late January.

 

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Spreading the Truth That No One Wants to Hear

It’s almost 5:00 am, I’ve been up for an hour, just can’t get back to sleep. I read the first patient in NY was treated with medications after contacting doctors in China. They recommended he be treated with the antimalarial medicine chloroquine and the HIV drug Kaletra. Need to remember that.

I think people on the TS news feed see me as a hype spreader. I am not spreading rumors, just the painful truth of facts, but the people here are in the dark. I tried to tell them what was happening in Italy will happen here but they prefer to pretend nothing is happening, that the media is making it seem worse than it is, and the Mexicans think the gringos are panicking over nothing.

I have taken flack for posting info about covid-19. I have been accused of overreacting and spreading panic. But, if I helped anyone in Todos Santos, Pescardero, or Cerritos become aware of the fact, covid-19 is not “just a flu” that it, is in fact, a highly contagious virus with a high mortality rate for 20% of the population – especially for the Boomers and up – I for one will gladly wear the loco gringa badge. I’d rather be over cautious than oblivious.

I am torn everyday about staying here. My husband says we should wait and watch, maybe it won’t get out of control here. He says if it starts getting bad here then we can look to see where there are no or low cases of infection in Canada and fly there. I suppose that is a very smart idea.

Coronavirus Myths

Bleak

I’ve been reading medical articles about what happens to the body when a person is infected. In some critical cases the immune system goes into over drive, fills the lungs with fluid on top of the fluid that’s there from the pneumonia, and a person drowns. A horrible way to die.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s wife, Sofie, has tested positive! So many politicians, or people associated with politicians, around the world are getting infected with the coronavirus. This bug is super contagious and is spreading fast.

The world seems bleaker and bleaker. I hope this is all contained soon but I may be overly optimistic when I say soon. This might last 6 months to a year, who knows, it may even last longer. Our only hope is that a viable treatment becomes available while we wait for a vaccine.

Both my husband and I have been posting on the Todos Santos Facebook news feed about the virus. People here do not get that we are going to be hit with this in a few weeks.

it comes for us

Pandemic

The World Health Organization is characterizing the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”

I am quite sure the “inaction” refers to the USA. Trump has totally failed its citizens by not testing people sooner. I am concerned at what the actual number of cases could be. In the tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands. If left unchecked for too much longer, that number could be over a million. The United States has some very large cities on both coasts and the virus will get out of control because of rump’s inaction. Trump really should resign over the mishandling of the epidemic. Calling it “just a flu” “no one’s dying” “Fake media hoax” the list of his inadequate action is mind boggling.

My sister asked if we could all chip in for rent for mom and dad this month. I told her we would and for food too but I thought it would have to be for 3 months not just one. I don’t want my parents to die. I haven’t seen them in 3 years. I fear I won’t see them again. We had planned to go to NB this past fall but my stepson was moving into his first home and my husband wanted to help him move. That will always be a regret of mine, not going to see my parents.

Trump is stopping all flights from the EU. His little mind must think, “it worked for China so it will work for the EU.” Except it didn’t work, the virus has been spreading around the USA since late January. I fear for the USA citizens, I thinks so many people are going to die because Trump chose to keep his head in the sand.

Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for Covid-19! That is a shock to many as he is the first movie star to announce the were infected. The way this virus is spreading I expect to see many more celebrities become infected.

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Sleepless Nights

It’s 4:11 in the morning, I can’t sleep. I am once again reading the news on the web. Just saw this one… “Coronavirus patients experience certain symptoms before ‘tipping point’ of dying.”

https://nypost.com/2020/03/08/coronavirus-patients-experience-certain-symptoms-before-tipping-point-of-dying-expert/

The patients who are at risk of dying may see the virus spread to their lungs, which can prevent their other vital organs from getting the oxygen needed to fight the infection. Experts estimate there’s around 10 to 15% of patients whose cases become severe. Of that group, there’s another 15 to 20% of cases which then progress to critical.”

Well, that is alarming. If you get pneumonia you fall into the severe/critically ill. This virus does some really nasty damage to the lungs. I won’t tell my husband that either.

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