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Games, Gaming, Play

Games, Gaming, Play

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.

Holmes

Big Questions

Oculus 2

What happened to free play?

Tennis anyone? > roof top tennis with Federer

Has the social, emotional, and intellectual value of online games been confirmed during this period of virus isolation?

When it comes to Virtual Reality’s impact on kids, how long is too long? How young is too young?

  • Are kids now officially citizens of a dual world, real and virtual?
  • In time, which one will they like better?
  • How will it change things for the better and/or the worse?
  • How will it change how kids relate to pre-Internet elders?
  • Overall, will this be a “better” world?

Protect the children from the unintended consequences.

Can a handicapped person break free of their chains of disability in a virtual world?

Is gaming addiction to Fortnite at epidemic proportions?

Do violent games contribute to youth violence?

On Being Outside

Your best experts are anybody over 50 because we literally grew up being outside and have now lived through a transition period and observed the differences between our generation and today’s.

There is nothing that replenishes and repairs the soul like being outside and connected with weather, nature’s green, earth’s blue sky, the sun’s warm glow, fresh air, randomness, and serendipity. Outside for us old-schoolers was a giant playground, stage, and fablab for creating things and making up play and games as you go. We could hardly wait to run out the front door of school and be with our friends and be FREE! It was always sad to have to go back inside.

Unfortunately, the awareness of this special gift is slipping away with each internet minute.

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Politics and Government

Politics and Government

pro-con

Big Questions

Do democratic voters in the 2020 election want

  • moderation
  • revolution, or
  • to just beat Donald Trump, however we do it?

Listen Up Democrats

Unpopular policies like the

abolishment of private health insurance, and

total defunding of police, are

POLITICAL SUICIDE!

How do we live in a 50-50 country?

Can we do better, or at least improve upon, our two-party system?

Can we solve the spoiler problem in our elections?

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Political Theory

Institutions

  • Political systems
    • Levels & structures of government
      • Supranational political systems
      • National political systems
      • Urban governments
      • Other subnational political systems
    • Types and models of political systems
  • Branches of government
    • Executive Branch
      • Whitehouse
    • Legislative Branch
    • Judicial Branch
  • Public administration

Process

The Culture of Politics

The dysfunction and gridlock we see in federal and state governments across the country is a reflection of the culture of professional politicians who are, for the most part, attorneys by background. I might be wrong that they would be the first to admit it, but attorneys by nature are aggressive, smart, cunning, and willing to push the limits of the law, norms, rules and ethics (like Trump) to win in the name of justice for their client. Their bread-and-butter tactic is the plea bargain, as opposed to the jury trial where there is at least some open discussion by an impartial jury of citizens. Attorneys know that in the plea bargaining process, leverage is everything and you build leverage by saying “no,” and being stubborn and relentless in your demands until the very last moment and settling for the best financial outcome one can achieve. This, unfortunately, leaves little room for so-called bipartisanship, dialogue, listening, real consideration of the opposing parties viewpoint, collaboration, and certainly not empathy. In law, attorneys don’t cry.

The culture of politics and its dysfunction and gridlock disserves the American people. Politicians need to leave their stubborn and aggressive tactics at home with their private practice. If they are elected to office and in spite of what their party may say, they need to bring their bipartisan A-game to Washington in service of the people.

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Peace

War

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Dystrumpia

Dystrumpia

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

America was a highly diverse nation of tribes across the land before the white man invaded, and has continued to evolve as multi-ethnic melting pot. Dystrumpia better wake up and realize that America is never going to “rise again” and re-homogenize itself into one big bible-thumping, racist, white-privileged gated community.

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The Good

Trump trying to

The Bad

abusive, amoral, criminal, demagogic, despotic, destructive, disingenuous, greedy, illogical, impulsive, ineffective, liar, manipulative, nepotistic, opportunistic, rogue, short-sighted, unempathetic, unethical, unhinged, uninformed, untrustworthy, untruthful, unwise

When false statements are posted on social media such as “hydroxychloroquine is a game changer,“ they spread like wildfire — faster than the truth.

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Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus cases

Donald Trump has totally mismanaged the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic by

  • reducing testing to make the numbers look better before the election
  • claiming
    • “children are virtually immune from COVID-19,” and
    • the coronavirus will “go away soon”
  • suggesting people could injest bleach to kill the virus
  • pushing the restart of America in a dangerous “banzai-style” charge
  • pushing hydroxychloroquine which raises death risk in Covid patients
  • announcing we’re “going to kill ourselves” if the economy doesn’t improve soon
  • repeatedly ignoring the intelligence briefings he was receiving daily
  • firing the experts and experienced U.S. global pandemic response team over two years ago
  • denying the coronavirus threat early on, calling it “a hoax,” and
  • firing the Inspector Generals when accountability reports were showing poor performance for
    • recognition and swift response of the threat, and
    • fair, equitable and swift distribution of emergency funds.

Rule of Law, Norms, and Truth

Trump will pay any price, make any deal, bend any law to assure his own survival and success.

John Bolton

  • Muzzling intelligence community’s effort to make Russians accountable for election meddling
  • Trump broke all norms accepting nomination on lawn of Whitehouse
  • Trump pardons Roger Stone as he parades corruption in plan sight
  • Fires Geoffrey Berman of Manhattan US Attorney’s office
  • Abused his power via the Attorney General and Justice Department to tamper with Roger Stone’s verdict
  • Cheated Amazon out of a $10 billion contract
  • Violated War Powers Resolution by assassinating Qassem Soleimani — an act of war against Iran — without consulting with Congress
    • Threatened bombing Iran’s cultural sites in violation of Geneva Convention
  • Violated Federal Protection Laws by exposing the whistleblower
  • Just take the land” to build wall and he’ll pardon staff if jailed
  • 6 WH administrators in jail or indicted
  • Pardoned convicted, undermined military
  • Pathological lying, cover up, obstruction
    • Defended Putin over claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, ignoring our own intelligence community.Quid pro quo dirt from foreigners
  • Abuse of Office for personal gain:
    • Violating emollients law in plain sight (Trump’s properties)
    • Nepotism
      • Trump, his family, cronies, and secret service
        • stay at his properties worldwide, and
        • rack up massive bills charged back to the people
      • Ivanka in China
      • Jared in Saudi Arabia and Israel

Economic Warfare

Alienation of Allies

  • Suddenly pulled U.S. Troops out of Syria
  • Canada, Europe/NATO, Kurds, Mexico
  • But embraced every enemy and dictator

Immigration

  • Shadow immigration system detaining children in hotels
  • Demonized and weaponized immigration for political purposes.
  • Separated children from their families
  • Southern wall is a boondoggle diverting $billions from military budget

Clean Air and Water and Land

  • During an entire week of RNC speeches, Trump made no mention (not even once) of the world’s 4 major existential threats:
    • climate change and the destruction of planet earth
    • artificial intelligence and the loss of jobs
    • nuclear weapons and apocalyptic war, and
    • biotechnology and its unintended consequences.
  • Opening up drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Covertly dismantling NEPA and environmental impact guidelines
  • Unchecked expansion of extraction and piping

Dictators, Demagogues, Tyrants, Despots

Failed to make accountable

Swamp: to drain or not to drain

  • All the President’s Fixers
  • Refilled swamp with cronies, crooks, family
  • Cronyistic revolving door of corrupt/inept appointees
  • Elitist doofas for Education Secretary

Politicization of

No Progress with

  • Climate change
    • Withdrew Paris Accord
  • Critical infrastructure report card is D-
  • Healthcare
    • Cost of prescription drugs
  • Gun control
  • Racism

The Ugly

awful, awkward, buffoonish, cheater, clumsy, clusterfuck, conceited, crazy, embarrassing, foolish, immoral, mean, misguided, moronic, narcissistic, misogynistic, outrageous, petty, racist, ridiculous, selfish, shameful, sleazy, snarky, stupid, untrustworthy, untruthful, vulgar, wacky, weird

In Dystrumpia, justice doesn’t apply to rich white men who help the president.

Reality TV every day

What the hell is this?

Manipulation/Suppression of the Truth 1984-Style

  • Lied
    • about his taxes
    • about the size of his inauguration crowd, and
    • 10,000 other things
  • Tampered/intimidated impeachment witnesses in real time
  • Paid off porn star payoffs: Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
  • Self-predicted Hurricane Dorian’s path with a Sharpie
  • Erased anti-Trump images in National Archive exhibit

Insulted and/or physically mocked and/or bullied

Gangster-in-Training: You’re Fired!

Weirdness (you gotta be kidding me!)

“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous—whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light,” Trump said. “And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way and I think you said you’re going to test that too.”

Donald Trump
  • Hugging the flag
  • Made an offer to buy Greenland (with whose money?!)
  • Interviewed adjacent to a D-Day cemetery

Words Matter, he’s just no good at them

Trump lies to try and cover up a pandemic disaster he created.

  • “Actually, in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action.”
  • “I alone can fix it.”
  • Trump says QAnon conspiracy theorists
    • “like me very much,” and
    • “love our country’
  • I wish her well, frankly,” Trump says of Ghislaine Maxwell
  • Re-tweeted “White Power!” and then deleted it
  • Kung flu
  • “Testing should be slowed down.”
  • Trump threatens protesters with “vicious dogs
  • Trump called Governor Inslee (WA) a “snake
  • Trump called the coronavius “a hoax
  • Chinese virus…”
  • Called generals “dopes” and “babies”
  • He has the speech, vocabulary, and principles of a 6th-grader
  • State of the Union speech: lots of lies
  • Trump calls Adam Schiff “a sick man.”
  • “I don’t have racist bone in my body!” (lie)
  • FBI are “scum”
  • “…Trump is calling for a complete shutdown of muslims…”
  • “President Putin just said it’s not Russia.”
  • “They’re rapists, but some are fine people.”
  • “Shithole countries.”
  • “I prefer heroes who don’t get caught.”
  • “Mexico will pay for the wall.” (lie)
  • “We fell in love,” with Rocketman.
  • “I’m a stable genius.”
  • “Kurds didn’t help us in Normandy.”
  • “Very fine people.”
  • “I’m a very smart guy.” Who says that?
  • “I know more than the generals.”
  • “I command you to leave China!”
  • “He’s weak, low IQ.”
  • “Republicans are scum.”
  • “I hardly know the man.”
  • “Whistleblower is a traitor.”
  • “Impeachment is like a lynching.”
  • “He died like a dog.” (lie)
  • “She’s not my type.” (misogyny)
  • “You can grag them by the pussy.”
  • “Well, he’s two-faced.” (Trudeau)
  • “My father was born in Germany

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Untrustworthy Hall of Shame

Untrustworthy Hall of Shame

Big Picture / Human Society / Law / Untrustworthy Hall of Shame

Hall of Shame

A fish rots from the head down.

Banks: Collusion by Nomi Prins | massive corruption: Australian Banks | money laundering: Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo

Corporations, CEOs, Boards: NRA, United Airlines, Volkswagen, Massey Energy, fake it ‘til you make it: The Inventor

Courts, Justices, Attorneys: justice department: William Barr | crooked lawyer: Michael Avenatti | obstruction: Matthew Whitaker | West Virginia

Data Privacy: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Despots: greed: The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management Sharman

Education: Secretary DOE: Betsy DeVos

Entertainment: Seaworld: Blackfish | sexual harassment: Bill Cosby, Louis C. K., Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein

Immigration: separation & abuse: Immigrant Children

Legal Profession: sexual harassment: Alan Dershowitz, Brett Kavanaugh

Media: extortion: American Media/National Inquirer | evangelical extremism: Sinclair Broadcasting

Oil & Gas Industry: climate change disinformation, oil & gas extractors: Blowout Maddow

Pay-to-Play: largest admissions scandal in history | The Price of Admission Golden | anything for a profit: Heineken in Africa van Beemen 

Pharmaceutical Industry: opioid addiction conspiracy: Sackler Family, Purdue Pharma

Politics:

Ponzi: Bernie Madoff

Religion: do as I say, not as I do: Jerry Falwell Jr. | 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist Convention | Catholic church: Australian cardinal George Pell, Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, Pennsylvania, Spotlight

Not holier than thou.

Schools: child abuse: The Quiet Rooms, St. George’s School, Boy Scouts of America

Sports & Athletes: cheating: Astros | sexual harassment: Larry Nassar/MSU/Olympics | doping: Russian Olympic Athletes | corruption: FIFA

Trump: coronavirus: Mike Pence | list of dismissals and resignations: Trump Administration | Russia: The Apprentice Miller

Big Questions

Will the Sackler Family behind Purdue Pharma ever face justice for the opioid epidemic?

What is it with Mike Pence? Is he

  • arrogant
  • stubborn
  • narcissistic
  • vain
  • stupid
  • a non-organic species who can’t infect or be infected
  • the real Chosen One (instead of Trump), or
  • all of the above?

Are Trump and Barr undermining the integrity of the Justice Department? Is the normalization of redaction creating a fog of secrecy that obstructs democratic vigilance, accountability, and justice?

Should Russia be banned from all global sport including 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup for planting fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests?

Is Boeing being made fully accountable for its actions?

What is the greater risk to our democracy: That our adversaries lie to us? Or that our own government, politicians, and corporations lie to us?

What can/should Congress do when Trump appointees defy it?

Social Parasites

Religion, sports, corporations, government, entertainment, police, and the military are massive global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so huge and complex, they also attract a percentage of impostors with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly pursue evil and wreak havoc.

...some bad cops will occasionally murder people on the street…

Like parasites, they hide inside their host. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in an environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults and minorities and immigrants and people of color they are sworn to serve and protect.

This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. Some priests and ministers will molest children; some bad cops will occasionally murder people on the street; some soldiers will rape the women of their enemies.

Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant, make bad actors accountable, and never give up on the ideal of giving every woman, man, and child a chance to grow up and pursue life in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, without trauma, so that we stop replanting over and over the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again.

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Is fascism sneaking up on us one tweet at a time?

Is fascism sneaking up on us one tweet at a time?

Dystrumpia

Fascism creeps up on society like a slowly-leaking faucet that eventually overflows the sink: drip, drip, drip…

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Reporters have been disclosing that the Trump administration has ordered the suppression and redaction of any mention of climate change in government reports, policies, and procedures. This kind of covert action is representative of the kind of message control classically employed by fascist and totalitarian regimes.

Presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey) began their assaults on democratic norms and institutions by demonizing the opposition. Then, with a combination of threats, purges, and appointments of cronies, they clipped the wings of their judiciaries and bureaucracies, enabling their subsequent, more complete power grabs.

Fareed Zakaria

Dystrumpia might dismiss this as either fake news and/or of no significance, but they might consider the hypothetical 2020 scenario with the election of a new non-Trumpian secular administration that might not want any mention of Christianity, the Bible, Jesus, God, or prayer in government documents; and following Trump’s strategy, have these words secretly and systematically redacted from all government documents and policies. I doubt Dystrumpia would be happy with that!

Reasonable and lawful content should not be secretly and arbitrarily redacted from government documents just to suit an administration’s bias. If a report has been properly researched, vetted, and produced by a government agency, let that report be made public. American citizens have a right to think for themselves and come to their own conclusions and decisions without being deceived and manipulated by insider zealots who say they are called by God. Surely their better angels are not at work here.

Just as likely, the devil made them do it.

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Big Questions

Has Donald Trump replaced Joe McCarthy as the most dangerous demagogue in American history?

Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?

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In My Lifetime

In My Lifetime

 1949 – present

we stopped spitting in public
we stopped carrying guns into the saloon
we stopped littering our highways
we started protecting our air and water
we stopped drinking martinis at lunch
we stopped smoking in offices and restaurants
we stopped demonizing gay people
we eliminated the death penalty
we started yelling NO! to monuments of confederate slavery
we started yelling NO! to using more plastic
we started yelling NO! to sexual misconduct
we started yelling NO! to workplace discrimination
we started yelling NO! to unsustainable extraction
we started yelling NO! to police violence

but,

gun violence,
racial, religious and ethnic prejudice,
antisemitism,
religious vs secular polarization,
science denial,
endless wars,
sexual deviance,
lying,
the politicization of everything, and
poverty & inequality,

continue to plague us,

however,

eventually, we do change for the better.

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What Does it Mean to be an American?

What Does it Mean to be an American?

If we could all sit down at the dining room table with some coffee and have a friendly discussion (that’s gonna have to be a big table), I think we could get back to basic core principles of what it means to be American, then everything could flow from those principles. Right now, Americans are all tied up in knots we can’t seem to untie. We have lost our way how to get along, to experience that good and powerful feeling of solidarity.

What does it mean to be an American? It is defined by what we believe in, what we do, and what we don’t do, that can be common to everyone:

  • Americans don’t like to be told what to do; however, they will come together in solidarity to help, protect, care for, and save fellow Americans.
  • Americans believe in family first.
  • Americans believe in the Golden Rule.
  • Americans are humble. We don’t brag; we are not vain.
  • Americans celebrate the team. We don’t say I, we say We.
  • Americans stand up and speak out against tyranny.
  • Americans don’t blame others; we are accountable.
  • Americans don’t practice nepotism.
  • Americans are civil both in person and online.
  • Americans are trustworthy. We don’t lie, we don’t exaggerate.
  • Americans are consistent. We don’t flip-flop.
  • Americans are loyal to family, friends, partners, and allies.
  • Americans take no satisfaction in bankruptcy at the expense of employees, suppliers, lenders, and investors.
  • Americans believe in democracy, free and fair elections, active civil participation, and majority rules.
  • Americans respect the rule of law applied equally and fairly to all citizens.
  • Americans allow and expect each other to keep leaders and government honest and accountable.
  • Americans respect all religions, but we separate church from state.
  • Americans embrace all refugees and immigrants, as we are descended from them.
  • Americans don’t discriminate against each other based on age, race, sex/gender, or religion.
  • Americans don’t unilaterally invade other countries, but we do defend our democratic shores and we help our allies when they call us for help.
  • Americans believe in the protection of human rights for all people of all countries.
  • Americans protect our citizens wherever they may be.
  • Americans think BIG, but we spend less than we earn.

How do Americans get back to our shared core values?

How do we get our leaders to lead from these values?

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Evolution of the Office

Evolution of the Office

Big Picture / Human Society / Production & Wealth / Business / Office

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Preparations are all already underway to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the cubicle into the American office scene. The man called the father of the cubicle — Bob — was asked to characterize the legacy of his brainchild and he said, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

The week-long festivities which some are calling the “Super Bowl of Office Furniture” will be held in Toledo, Ohio, which has the largest concentration of Red Roof Inns in the nation. Events will include workshops on cube art, hospitality cubes, a tradeshow showing the latest cubicle designs with a sneak preview of the industry’s new experimental models. The week ends with a gala dinner/dance hosted by once-good-golfer David Duval.

Not everyone is happy with the cubicle, though, and the discontent has sparked a revolution among office thought leaders promoting fresh ideas, such as: (a) telecommuting, the “second office”; (b) sprawling out your papers and laptop and muffin with bits of cream cheese on your table while talking annoyingly loud on your cell phone in a Starbucks, the “third office”; and now (3) the “fourth office,” TBD.

The “fourth office”

Just what the hell is it?  It’s just out of our reach, but visionaries have theories as to how the “fourth” will manifest itself.

“I see it as an office of the mind,” explains Dart Maxn, head curator of miscellaneous things at Milan’s Museum of Heavy Industrial Objects. “No paper, no calendars, no nothing! You carry everything around in your head. If it’s important, you will remember it; if not, then you won’t remember it. It’s nature’s perfect system of filtering and prioritization.

“For instance, if you miss an important meeting with your top client, then you won’t get the sale. So in the fourth, companies will have smaller revenues but there will be no need for wastebaskets.”

One radical idea has been developed by Jason Calpt, parking lot security guard at a Fortune 500 corporation, in charge of fixing the lift-gates when they break.

“It dawned on me one day that all those cars in the corporate parking lot were sitting empty all day and then whammo, it came to me: every car in the lot is an office!  Think about it. You’ve got space, privacy, HVAC, tunes, adjustable leather seats, and your golf clubs just in case.”

Make a statement where you work by being that person who is always first to arrive, and last to leave.

Tickets to the 40th anniversary of the cubicle will be available soon.

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Family, Parenting, Grandparenting

Family, Parenting, Grandparenting

Marriage Vows for a Lifetime

I love you.
I'm sorry.
Please forgive me.
I forgive you.

Big Questions

After separating, how do you co-parent as a team?

How can the built environment help children cultivate self-reliance?

Are you frustrated with a screen-obsessed kid?

  • At what age should a child be given a cell phone?
  • Is it a good idea for kids to be asking for answers to important questions from digital assistants?
  • Is this practice interfering with the learning process?

Are overprotective parents raising a generation that can’t grow up?

Can we get kids to listen without yelling in anger?

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Marriage

Love over a lifetime has many colors. 

In the beginning, love is hot red and pink and black and white.

As we age, love turns to green and brown and blue
like a majestic tree with roots sunk deep
and reaching for the sky and stars.

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Old man,
look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

Neil Young
Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist

Americans are home and isolated and drinking a lot.

This can’t be good.

Big Questions

What is the American Dream?

  • Has the pandemic delayed if not killed the American Dream?

What is American Culture?

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Coolhunting

Eclectic

Humor

Magic and Myth

Recipes are like magic spells that bring people together.

Popular Culture

Weird, absurd, awful, bad, embarrassing, gory, gross, hilarious, unbelievable, ridiculous, scary, shocking, shameful, sickening, wacky, what were you thinking, you gotta be kidding me

Transmission suspicion.
COVID-19, you've caused a fright.
Transmission suspicion.
I'm not feeling just right.

First come the sniffles.
Then I got the chills.
Followed by fever.
Head for the hills!
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Willful Ignorance

Willful Ignorance

Big Picture / History / World Since 1920 / United States Since 1920 / Willful Ignorance

On February 29, 2020 at 2:06 pm, President Trump announced the first known death in the U.S. from COVID-19. At that time there were 66 cases of coronavirus in the U.S., and worldwide 85,406 cases in at least 60 countries and 2,924 deaths.

“Additional cases in the United States are likely, ” Trump said, “but healthy individuals should be able to fully recover. And we think that will be a statement that we can make with great surety now that we’ve gotten familiar with this problem. They should be able to recover should they contract the virus. So, healthy people, if you’re healthy, you will probably go through a process and you’ll be fine.”

This press conference revealed how incompetent the President was at a most super-critical moment in history based on his woeful lack of understanding of a novel virus and the mathematical progression of infection, transmission and spread.

While Trump considers himself a “wartime president,” a true wartime president would know that sneak attacks are just that – sneak attacks! When the enemy is planning to attack at dawn and kill thousands of soldiers, there will be zero reported deaths before dawn. Such is the case with a novel virus. Since that press conference, 196,332 American citizens have died from COVID-19 as of September 11, 2020.

As of September 11, 2020

Trump had

  • over three years to
    • read some good books on pandemics that would have spelled out for him the lessons of history, and
    • develop a strategic plan to rebuild the Pandemic Stockpile and prepare for the worst.
  • months of advance notice to talk directly to people on the front lines of the virus burning across China, South Korea and Europe, and
  • plenty of time to listen to top medical scientists and professionals to learn about and fully appreciate the science and consequences of a viral pandemic sneak attack.

It was his #1 priority as President to understand that in the quiet of dawn when that first death was reported, one death would become 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 and would continue to double until it peaked. It was his job to learn and prepare himself as President, but he failed to do so blinded by his self-centered arrogance and willful ignorance of one of the greatest national security threats to the American people.

After a lifetime of getting away with every crappy thing he does, Trump has built up a classic bully’s perception that he can bluff his way through anything which his handlers and apologizers brand as “leadership,“ but that notion is so egregiously far from the truth. Trump never says the right words in the right way at the right time, and he never will.

For such a monumental failure of insight, vision, resolve and leadership, Donald Trump does not deserve another term as President of the United States.

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