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Monday, 18 January 2021

Welcome To 2021: The US + Abroad!


Another year! Another lockdown! 
Hello Covid pandemic! Hello Capitol Riots! 
Goodbye President Trump! 

Welcome to 2021! My new year inauspiciously starts stuck at home, on the couch, watching TV. Squirming uneasily, I scratch my head. Fire up a spliff. Wondering what comes next?!? 

I planned to speculate at great length about US President Joe Biden in this blog. It made sense with his Inauguration this Wednesday. But only two weeks and a bit into the new year, everything is changing so fast! It's impossible to keep up anymore! 

Instead, a very basic "Watch-For" list must do: 

Watch For USA ....

Watch for the Democrats to use the Capitol Riots as a very handy wedge issue to divide the Republicans in Congress. Complicity runs deep, throughout the house and Senate. The FBI, CIA, National Guard, Capitol Police and army too. That might help the Democrats muster enough bipartisan votes to impeachment Trump. If not, the various legal investigations will still continue to be an albatross around the GOP's neck, in all matters Trump. Not just for the first year of the Biden presidency either.

Watch for Trump's re-election hopes to quickly go up in smoke! Lots of mainstream voters were really turned off by the Capitol Riots. Non stop video reruns will keep it that way. Sans Twitter and Facebook, they won't be tuning Trump back in either, not like before. A presidential pardon can't save his sorry ass. It won't cover his tax returns, sex scandals or Russian real estate deals, anyway. Basically, it's all down hill from here!

Watch for medical complications from the virus to slow down and kill Trump. Next time you see him on TV, listen carefully to his voice. Watch his face and demeanour. Trump's old, fat and very stressed out. He's not taking good care of his health. He won't die right away, but pretty soon, over the next few years.

Watch foBiden to make little progress with gun control, racism and police violence anytime soon. The underlying issues are far too systematic. Any real solutions too "radical socialist" for the moderates in both parties. The progressive's will get quickly sidelined as the Democrats court the soft Republican votes. Decisive action? Ha! Expect some pretty, wishy-washy, half measures, instead. 

Watch for Biden's globalist free trade agenda to quickly trump "America First". A return to free trade will prove a very popular, unifying force, for the many reps from both parties, dining at the corporate trough.

Watch for President Joe Biden to die in office before completing his first term in office. Dunno why really, could be his heart, it's just a hunch. Kamala Harris will become America's first black, south asian, female President. The prospect of change then ends up in her hands.

Watch for the Covid virus not to mutate and become resistant to the new vaccines. If it does, it'll spread like wildfire. There will be nothing anybody can do. America's social structure, like the economy and medical system will collapse. Millions will die a horrible, painful death. The pandemic will spread like wildfire until it eventually burns itself out. It's game over. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Watch for Trump's big lies, and the threat of white domestic terrorism to be his lasting legacy. The violence will continue off and on, to varying degrees, for many decades to come.

WATCH FOR ABROAD

Watch for China to wait and see what Biden does next. They're still busy building their economic and military resources. Lining up their political ducks. China's star is on the rise. America's isn't. They know it. Won't do much, even in the trade war, until they're absolutely ready. Won't be this year.

Watch For Biden not to lift the US economic embargo of Cuba, at least not this year. The Democrats will pussy foot around the Cuban American vote in Florida for a bit, carefully considering their options. Hopefully, Cuba will be removed as Trump's last minute addition to the State Department terrorist list, a sign of their good intentions.

Watch for Iran to seek payback against Trump: Remember Qasem Soleimani? They do! Trump is no longer president. The Iranians figure he owes them one, bigly! Picture a surprise drone strike. Maybe on the golfing greens at Mar-a-Lago? Not nice I know, but beats dying from Covid complications, eh!

Watch for Mexican fence mending rather than Mexican walls. Biden will treat them with more respect like a North American free trade partner should. Plus it's a lot better way to fix border problems. 

Watch for NATO to quickly regain favour as Biden quickly moves to restore the US's leading role. Unpaid fees will matter far less than the many other benefits from this important military alliance with many of America's leading trade partners. 

Watch for North Korea's Kim Jung-Un to step up testing his rockets and nukes in 2021. He liked Donnie. Won't waste any time now. Like it or not, NK's is a member of the nuclear club. Probably the biggest wild card for the incoming Biden administration!

Watch for the Russians to come under lots of close scrutiny and pressure. The UkraineBaltics? Cyber Warfare? And the election hacking too? The hawkish Democrats will quickly begin tightening the screws as soon as they take office.

Watch for South America to continue bearing the full US imperial brunt of Manifest Destiny. Venezuela for sure! Bolivia, maybe not? The Democrats will continue to stir things up, for their own economic ends, throughout the troubled region.

WATCH FOR CANNABIS 


Watch for the MORE Act to be passed by the end of the year. Or perhaps a similar bill. Legalization 
was the only clear winner in the 2020 election. The referendums won in a huge landslide victory, both in red and blue states alike. The Republican are about to have a "praise Jesus" moment. Jump onboard with a passion. They'll realize that buying and selling weed is just good, old fashioned, grassroots capitalism. It makes perfect business sense. Bet they really kick butt, now that Trump is gone. Help end the impasse. 

Watch for lots of countries to start jump on the global legalization bandwagon. The UN has removed cannabis from it's most dangerous drug list. In 2021 countries around the world will start getting ready so they can cash in too. More out of greed than any high principle, but so it will go, and on and on and on .....

COMMENTS:

Monday, 11 January 2021

Welcome to 2021: On The Homefront!


There's only sure one thing about 2021 -the Covid-19 pandemic! 

The second wave is rapidly growing in strength. It could soon turn into a huge tsunami. 

Covid quickly skewered my "2020 Vision" blog by March. But now, it's mutating. Will it spread even faster? Grow resistant to the new vaccines? Become almost impossible to contain? 

If so, end of story! We're royally screwed! 

Even if not, It's highly unlikely that the crisis will end this year. Not with the half assed measures and lack of leadership that we've seen, in both the US and to a lesser degree Canada! 

My first "Welcome to 2021" blog focuses on what we might reasonably expect this year here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The next will cover the US and the rest of the world.  

ONTARIO


Whatever Premier Ford does next, it's a case of too little too late.
 He's wasted too much time throughout 2020. He's created a "perfect storm", listening to the business lobbyists, largely ignoring the medical communities expert medical advice. 

Ford will be his own worse enemy! His credibility will continue to be stripped away, due to sheer ineptitude and folly. However, he'll still continue to rule Queens Park by default, largely unchallenged.

The NDP opposition like the Liberal party, will be mostly
missing in action. Both will keep their gunpowder close to the chest, for the 2022 provincial election instead.

Our neutered media watch dogs will pander to Ford. It'll mostly be business as usual at his highly staged press conferences. They'll cheerfully greet him from behind paywalls, blunting their investigative edge, frightened of offending their "friend".

Members of Ontario's teacher and labour unions will largely be stuck on their own at work. Don't expect any collective, union, work refusals
, in our unsafe workplaces and  schools. 

Virtual at home learning will become the new norm. Lots of students will give up in frustration on their studies, while teachers are forced to pass them along anyway. Hopefully, more in school, safety measures and family supports will be put in place for this fall, but don't count on it! 

Many factories, warehouses and offices will close due to widespread workplace spread, after it can't be hidden anymore.

Ontario's hospitals will soon become overcrowded. Field hospitals will follow to provide more ICU beds. If they fill up, we'll need to be told to just stay at home instead. [+]

Hopefully, there's no further delay in the vaccination roll out. Our doctors, nurses, and medical workers should come first, along with the seniors at our LTC nursing homes. Frontline workers must be immediately vaccinated too. Otherwise, it will be impossible to halt the spread. 

Ford will continue to endlessly fiddle about with various half measures and provincial lockdowns, throughout the year. His inconsistency will prove confusing and chaotic. Police will need new, emergency, enforcement powers. If the situation continues to deteriorate, the military will be called in to re-establish law and order.

Fortunately, Mayor John Tory will keep pressing for much stronger measures in the City of Toronto. Along with Prime Minister Trudeau, he'll try to humour and focus Ford, with mixed results.

In the worst case scenario, the virus will continue to mutate, become resistant to the vaccine and spread like wildfire. The economy will collapse, along with our social supports. Ontario will descend into complete mayhem and chaos, until the pandemic burns itself out, with catastrophic results. [+]

Our best hope is that Ontario's vaccine rollout is completed by September and it works. Afterwards, those who've "recovered" will continue to get sick and die from other long term, medical complications, sometimes in large waves. That'll place a very heavy burden on our medical and social service net, for years to come. [+]

CANADA


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be hamstrung, 
as the provincial clown shows continue unabated.
 He'll keep up his daily "We Are All In This Together" directives and incentives. Hope the provincial premiers act more responsibly, knowing that ultimately he has little
 power to make sure they do. 

The Liberal's will largely stick to their corporate, globalist agenda, while Covid continues to exposes Canada's social, economic and political fault lines. Universal pharmacare? A guaranteed income? The Keystone Pipeline? Or indigenous treaty rights? Who'll hold their feet to the fire? 

As for O'Toole's CPC Covidiots? Singh's wishy washy NDP? Our stump Green Party? To varying degrees, given half the chance, they'll dance the corporate, globalist jig too.

Despite more and more scandals, there likely won't be a federal election this year. Basically, everyone knows that it wouldn't go over well, at the height of a pandemic. However, the party intrigues and grandstanding will continue, with more empty election threats being made.

The Biden's Presidency won't necessarily be good for Canada. Trump has provided a strong impetus for a " third option" via our new trade deals with the EU CETA and the TPP Pacific Rim countries. Trudeau will continue diversifying our trade portfolio, to offset Canada's heavy economic dependence on the US. Watch as he subtly focuses on further developing our relations with Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, NZ Singapore and the UK. 

President Joe Biden will kill the Keystone Pipeline Deal. That'll resolve a major political impasse. Canada's indigenous peoples, along with our environmentalists and progressives will be happy, while Albertans consider it a major blow. It'll further fuel the western separatist movement to no avail. 

CANNABIS 


The US legalization "Green Wave" will prove very good for Canada's struggling LP's [Licensed Producers]. CBD's will lead the charge. 

Canada's legacy producers and sellers will increasingly gain access to the licensed retail market. That'll siphon off profits from the underground market, while improving quality and pricing in the legal marketplace for consumers too.

Government interference will continue to put the brakes on legal weed sales. The ridiculously low THC limit for edibles and drinks will keep giving the underground an upper hand. Likewise our ridiculous safety, advertising and packaging rules, will remain an albatross around the licensed market's neck.

Licensed lounges and maybe home delivery too, will be prohibited in Ontario during 2021. However, a clear double standard throughout the pandemic, will ultimately help strengthen the case against prohibition.

AT HOME

On the home front, Janet and I 
look forward to continuing our world travels asap. Our next stop? Back to Cuba and Japan!

We should be vaccinated by June, along with the province's age 50-75 cohort. Everybody else before this fall.
 However, much 
of the world won't get vaccinated this year. We are still very wary of flying in an airplane too, no matter what the airline "experts" say.

Next month is our 
20th anniversary. Hopefully the pandemic will be long over by our 25th, so we can pull out all the stops, fly off somewhere special then. 

We won't be going very far this year, that's for sure. 
Most likely, half of 2021 will be spent in our Toronto home, the rest at our summer residence by the lake. 

This May will be the 10th anniversary of my site. I should also reach a milestone 2 million views, early in the new year. [**] Afterwards? I'll try to pace myself better, so it's not so all consuming. Doesn't stop being fun.

The lockdown provides lots of time for me to write. B
asically writing is what I do. And so it goes and on and on and on .....

Still, we face a very long, dark Covid winter ahead. I'm doing fine with my computer, music and books. The weed helps smooth down the edges. Lately, I prefer edibles, drinks and vape over smoking weed. Easier on the lungs, and less smelly indoors too! 

Without doubt 2021 will take a "Busload of Faith" to get by. Like Janet, I can feel the cabin fever setting in. Thankfully, with creeping old age, it seems to get easier to keep it together through better and worse. 

In 2021, we just plan to keep safe. Stay the course, in hopes of still being around for the much more, happier times to come.  

Hope you do too!

David C

[+] = Read John M. Barry The Great Influenza [LINK] The Covid pandemic has been unfolding very much like the 1919 Spanish Flu. Check Barry's chapters on the second and third wave, for more info on what comes next!

[**] = See the site meter below my masthead, at the top right of my your screen.


Next: Welcome To 2021: The US + Abroad!

COMMENTS:

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Teacher Free Speech Winter 2021 News + Views!

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OH CANADA

The Second Emergency Lockdown: Premier Doug Ford finally puts the province back into a full lockdown @ ON after updating us on his latest Covid-19 projections @ ST 

Hello Third Wave: Premier Fraud's hasty decision to lift the lockdown and reopen the province for business risks a dangerous third wave of the pandemic, especially as the new variants of the virus quickly gather force. Then there's the problem of the continually delayed, vaccine rollout too. More @ TStar @ CBC @ Global @ Globe @ 

Hello 3rd Wave!

A Tragic Lack Of Leadership: After telling us to stay home, over 20 politicians from across Canada headed out of the country, for the Christmas holidays. Lots of them even bragged about it. Is it any surprise that 48% of Canadians didn't heed their warning, to safely stay within our household social bubble? Or that the pandemic is now wildly spiralling out of control?!? @ CBC @ Global

Premier Big Daddy Ford's Xmas Fraud: Ontario's lockdown begins with our Dougie's spin doctors trying to reframe the big fraudster as "Premier Dad". But everything soon falls apart at the seams! It turns out our Big Daddy's put Covid reporting, testing and vaccinations on hold for the Christmas holidaze! Then just disappeared! 

Also MIA is Der General Rick "The Trickster" Hillier, his retired Vaccination Roll Out Chief of sorts. Turns out he didn't even bother to consult with the province's doctors, nurses and health care providers about their surprise Christmas holiday. Why? So the province could save money on overtime pay. All this while Ontario is near 3000 new infections a day, with our senior LTC homes being hit hardest. J
ust as his big, super-duper inoculation campaign is supposed to be getting underway! 

Next, rogue Conster MPP Randy Hillier breaks big daddy's restrictions on family gatherings, blatantly rubbing it in his face via social media. While Finance Minister Rod Phillips is caught red handed in a sneaky Caribbean vacation cover-up scandal, clearly violating daddy's stern no travel rules. 

Meanwhile, we plebs are left alone in Christmas lockdown, at home by ourselves. Wondering where's Big Daddy when we need him most? Maybe at his cottage?!? Who knows??? So much for leading by example, eh! 

More on Premier Dad @ CP The Rickster @ CTV Getting Randy @ Yahoo! Roddy's Big Cover Up @ CBC

Phillips Resigns: Mostly, our Roddy's in trouble for getting caught! What else is a premier to do, when the story goes international?!? Still it's significant that many of Ontario's Neo-Conster's joined us, in demanding his resignation. They actually turned on their ilk, probably to try get the business lockdown lifted. 

So far? No such luck! 

Sigh! Alas! That isn't much cause for celebration. 
We still don't know where Dougie went for Christmas. Once again, he's dodged being held accountable for his lousy leadership and mismanagement skills. But best call child services el pronto -our Big Daddy is very, very busy, exposing his ... er ... shortcomings, for all to see @ GDNP @ CBC


Christmas Superspreader: Finally, Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts us into a province wide lockdown; 28 days in southern Ontario, 14 to the north. But get this -the starting date is pushed back 5 days to Boxing Day, after Christmas, to help the business sector out with their "inventory". He explains the lockdown's become necessary because our hospital capacity for handling the pandemic has reached the critical point. But he's hardly leading by example. Ford doesn't wear a mask, nor practice proper social distancing as he makes the announcement. Most tragically, he's just turned the annual, last minute Christmas rush into a potential, super spreader event @ Youtube CTV @ On.Ca

Sickly Delay: Yes, delaying our province wide lockdown until Boxing Day helps business move more inventory during the busy Christmas Rush. But it could also result in an estimated 10,000 extra cases of Covid-19. $adly, Christma$ profit$ trump our public heath and wellbeing in Doug Fraud'$ Ontario @ T$tar


How goes the lock down Roddy?

Covid In The Workplace: Untold numbers of essential workers and their families will still be exposed to the virus in unsafe workplaces, including factories, warehouses and stores. Since most of them don't get paid sick days, they basically need to show up for work no matter what. More than 400 cases have already been identified at Ontario's 2 Amazon Warehouses alone. Alas, the rest, we hear little or nothing aboutYahoo @ NP

More Workplace Spread: Premier Fraud insists that our lowest paid workers don't need any paid, sick days from the province. He's referring them to the Federal governments very limited, paid sick day plan instead. However, that's disingenuous! It clearly doesn't provide nearly enough financial assistance on its own. Unless Ontario chips in too, many workers simply can't afford to stay at home. Not just because they think that they might have some vague symptoms of the virus. And so the pandemic continues to spread @ Huff @ BlogTO @ Pointer

Death By LTC: Many residents of Ontario's hard hit, long term care homes still haven't been vaccinated. Bureaucratic turf wars are blamed @ CBC

Scapegoating + Transferring Blame: Premier Doug Fraud is quick in shifting the blame to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Ontario's huge spike in Covid numbers. His repeated fear mongering mainly focuses on travellers, whom the feds are letting in from outside the country, through Toronto's Pearson Airport. But in fact, they only account for a measly 1% of our cases to date @ BlogTO

A Canadian Covid Shield: Sure, very few Covid cases are now entering Canada from abroad. But as the coronavirus mutates, it might sooner or later become resistant to the new vaccines. A multi-disciplinary, non-governmental and non-partisan task force has completed a very timely report. It includes some very comprehensive recommendations on how to better shield our border entry points. But is Ottawa listening?!? @ CSC @ Tyee


Covid -The Federal Response: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has been trying to consult with our sorry ass provincial premiers about evoking the Emergencies Act [1988]. The goal? To centrally co-ordinate our national effort to better deal with the out of control Covid-19 pandemic. But he's not had much luck. Too bad! As a result, we aren't benefiting from a lot more, much needed, direct federal leadership from Ottawa, as the Covid pandemic spirals out of control. Let's be nice for a bit -must hurt having to bite his tongue so much, with all the provincial BS going on @ CBC @ Mac  @ HS @ Wiki     

Rich Get Richer: Consider Ontario Premier Doug Ford's fall budget an exercise in disaster capitalism. Public services? Healthcare? Daycare? Education? Environmental protections? They take a financial hit, while Ontario stays open for business. And we're all herded back at work. Tragically, Ontario's 4th quarter profits now trump public health, safety and wellbeing. We'll pay the price, throughout the second wave of the Covid pandemic, during the long, hard winter ahead. And for many years to come. Alas! While we are distracted by the health crisis, Premier Fraud snuck lots of conster budget policies and measures into the budget, mostly serving to benefit the rich, at the public expense. For shame! CUPE Ontario's Fred Hahn explains SC


Failure 2 Lead: Ontario's doctors call for a province wide lockdown, as our overloaded hospital system reaches critical mass and the Christmas season approaches. Once again, business profits come before public health and safety. While Premier Doug Fraud continues to play a deadly game of chicken with the coronavirus, his inept half measures creating quite a sickly mess @ NOW

Ford's "Expert" Advice: Turns out Ontario's Integrity Commissioner David Wake has let off 85% of the "secret, unethical" lobbyists who've violated our laws, since Ford was elected in 2018. Get this -Those are just the one's we know about! Lots more go unrecorded! So much for Ford's promise of "government for the people". His pals, the business lobbyists, are actually calling the shots, with almost complete impunity @ DW

Challenging Ford's Narrative: Our media watchdogs continue to give Ford a huge pass on his grotesquely inept response to the pandemic. They politely fawn over him at his staged pressers. Hiding behind paywalls, they post reports most folks can't read. Meanwhile, the evidence clearly shows that he's not the "scrappy fighter for the little guy", he pretends to be. Sick pay? Safe schools? LTC [Long Term Care]? Duh! Plain and simple, Ford's nothing but a Neo Conman! Don't loose sight of the facts. Ford badly needs to be taken to task and held responsible for all his BS. Sadly, he isn't @ Hammer

Hammer Time! 

Alberta Bound: Like in Ontario, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's Chief Medical Officer doesn't really have any control over the province's pandemic response either. It's Neo-Conster dictates are being determined by the Conservative party's backroom political and business experts instead @ CBC

Keystone XL Nixed: Immediately upon taking office, US President Joe Biden kills the Canadian US Keystone XL pipeline. It's a huge victory for indigenous land protectors and Canada's environmental movement. But very bad news for Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta's faltering oil industry. With Canadian PM Justin Trudeau stuck in the middle. So, enquiring minds need to know; is he serious about fighting climate change?!? What next for the Trans Mountain Pipeline? @ NY'er @ NRDC @ CBC


Trumpian O'Toole: The fall of US President Donald Trump creates huge headaches for federal CPC [Conservative Party of Canada] Opposition Leader Erin O'Toole. The similarities between the two are shocking. His promise to "Take Back Canada". His Covidiot bent. The close ties with Canada's far right. The talk of a "rigged election". On and on the similarities go, like they're joined at the hip. Well, now he's faced with the Trumpian task of proving he's not like the Donald at all. Pfffft! @ Yahoo @ CBC 

Sloaned: The hapless O'Toole is stuck flip flopping back and forth over what to do about PCP racist, bad boy, "leadership" rival Derek SloanCBC @ Youtube

QAnon North: The tentacles of US style conspiracies and sedition run deep through our Canadian political landscape too. Especially the Conservative party of Canada, but the Peoples Party, the police and the military too .... on and on the list goes .... QAnon is everywhere! There was even an brazen attempt on the PM's life! Be aware @ Passage

Proudly Terrorist: Bravo! The Canadian parliament unanimously passes an NDP motion, to declare far right extremist's the Proud Boy's a terrorist group. They were very busy at the Capitol Riots. Are up to all sorts of nasty shit in Canada too @ CTV

Welcome to 2021: On The Homefront: Check out my news projections @ HERE!

IN THE NEWS


Trump's Amerika -The Series Finale! You can't make this up! On January 6th outgoing President Donald Trump incites the "Capitol Riots" live on TV. The insurrection brings a close to the Trump presidency. Amongst a cloud of tear gas, an angry lunch mob of MAGA protesters set up a gallows and storm the US Congress, armed with guns, sticks and zip tie strips. They're hunting down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. VP Mike Pence. Other Trump enemies real and perceived too!

The Senate reconvenes to accept the electoral votes confirming incoming President Joe Biden's win anyway. Then a week later on the 13th, Trump is impeached in the house by a bipartisan vote. Now the action moves to the Senate for a vote on whether to disqualify Trump from holding office again, the outcome uncertain @ NYT @ AP @ WP @ Fox

Trump's "Save America" Speech: The Donald incites insurrection on the big day! See for yourself @ Youtube Transcript @ Rev  

Trump's Big Lie: Despite being thrown out of almost very court in the land, almost 1/3 of Americans still believe that the election was fraudulently stolen from him by the Democrats @ WP 

Crazy Like A Fox: The right wing news network helped set the stage for the Capitol Riots, by echoing Trump's big lie over and over again. It's now accepted as fact, a very divisive one at that, by Trump's diehard MAGAT followers @ WP 


QAnon Crosses The Rubicon: The further to the alt right one goes, the crazier the seditious MAGA lies and conspiracy theories get! Trump loyalists fervently believed that a congressional coup was scheduled for the 12th. The goal? To "cross the rubicon," arrest and kill the Democrats in Congress, then reinstall Trump as the President of a "New American Republic". Imagine their angst as he's now being impeached, with President Joe Biden in office, instead. It's very "stormy" @ NBC @ NBC @ #CrossTheRubicon

More Capitol Riot Craziness: The legal investigations continue! Probably for some time! Complicity seems to run very deep throughout MAGA and the GOP. Some links: The GOP @ Politico @ CNBC Capitol Police @ Reuters National Guard @ USAT FBI Most Wanted List @ FBI Former military and police officers @ Global The DOJ @ AP The March for Trump @ Reuters The Proud Boys @ WSJ Video

Privilege: Picture this: Trump refuses to attend his senate impeachment trial, while he relaxes in luxury at Mar-a-Lago instead. He's even acquitted, despite overwhelming evidence of his big lie, high crimes and misdemeanours. Now, imagine Obama also trying to extend his presidency, by inciting his followers to violently march on the US capitol, to keep himself in office. Clearly, in America, race and money trump$ ju$tice @ Harpers @ Huff @ UMKC

The Biggest Loser's Inauguration Daze: News coverage of the big day is shocking! Biden is sworn down amongst a pandemic, with the National Guard occupying the now empty streets of the US Capitol. Breaking with tradition, Trump refuses to attend. Biden speaks of unity in his address. The event is carefully staged to reassert the authority and process of a peaceful transfer power. But Washington moreso resembles a banana republic warding off a coup @ AP

Georgia On Their Mind: President Biden's got a real big job ahead, in unifying America and implementing the Democratic agenda. But the party now has a slim majority in the US Senate, after winning 2 post election, run off races in Georgia. Meanwhile, the GOP certainly aren't happy campers, in more ways than one. Trump's leaked phone call, as he attempted to interfere in Georgia, only served to anger and divide many Republicans, as they headed out to vote @ BBC @ NYT @ Guardian Listen to Trump's phone call @ Youtube

Trump Acquitted: Despite the overwhelming first hand evidence of Trump's high crimes and misdemeanours in inciting the capitol riots, there aren't enough GOP senate votes to convict him. The final tally? 57 to 43. Only 7 Republican's voted to convict. That's 10 votes short of the 67 that were needed @ NBC

Court Daze: Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell appeals to the judicial system to prosecute and hold Trump accountable for his crimes. The GOP cunningly washed their hands of it during the Senate impeachment trial, ostensibly because he's out of office now, after clearly refused to deal with it in January, before Biden was sworn in. Now that Trump can't hide in the presidential office anymore, the court cases begin. While a divided Republican Party considers the path forward @ NYM

The Big Lie Lives: Trump's defence team dodged the big lie during the senate proceedings. Sadly, nobody has been held accountable for it. So it continues to live on at the state level, at the very least @ NYM

Big Liars: First it was Dominion Voting Machines two $1.3 billion defamation lawsuits for alleging an election steal. Trump attorney's Rudy Guiliani and Sidney Powell, along with a whole slew of Fox News hosts, also face an additional $2.7 Smartmatic lawsuit for the disinformation campaign too. Money talks, if you got it. Now, Trump's gone and they're left holding an empty bag. Looks good on them but ... but ... but @ Axios @ NPR Legal text @ CNN

Capitol Attack Commission: Democrat majority House Leader Nancy Pelosi announces that a "9/11-type" investigation is in the woks. Thankfully, the GOP can't simply block it nowadaze. It should prove veeeeeery interesting indeed @ CNN

Trump Cover-Up: Ignore the insurrection. Or let the Trumpster off the hook. Either way, it doesn't simply go away. Plus who knows what they'll try next?!? Der Donald and his GOP partners in crime were surreptitiously planning and covering up the capitol attacks from the get-go. Still are. The surprises aren't over. Far from it. Here's a time line of their nefarious activities with lots of very interesting and insightful links @ BM

Impeachment -The GOP? The new Congress now arguably faces an existential dilemma. It cannot allow a sitting president, and a lame duck one at that, off the hook. Not after he tried to overthrow it! How can they possibly preserve the institution and move forward together after that? But if the Republican Senators vote to impeach Trump, they'll then face the angry wrath of their huge MAGA base. Seems like a no-win situationAtlantic

Booby Prize: Well, it could've been a lot worse @ Triad

Internationally Speaking: America's allies are left scratching their heads. Think about it. A peaceful transition of power is no longer a given in the US, where it seems anything goes. Plus, during his presidency, Trump tore up treaties and agreements that past administrations had signed and been accepted in good faith. Who's to say that won't happen again?!? It's now quite obvious for all to see that the US, as a major world power, just isn't very credible or stable at home, or on the world stage anymore @ NBC

Covid -A Long Dark Winter: Sure a vaccine is on the way, but the pandemic isn't over yet! US President-Elect Joe Biden's hands are tied by a mind boggling, Trumpian post election crisis, that threatens the nationwide recovery effort from the get go, with winter just ahead @ NYT

America's Plague Year: Here's a review of how the pandemic unfolded under President Donald Trump throughout 2020 @ NYP

America's Election Year: Trump has undermined trust in the US election process for many years to come. He's helped create a bizarre, alternative narrative, in which the election was somehow stolen from him. Although none of his false claims held up in court, the damage is done. An ugly "myth" has been created. It's lies will linger throughout the Biden - Harris presidency. Totally crazy shit -if America was a TV series, I'd say it's jumped the shark by now @ WP @ NYT

Boko Harum: The terrorist group has ransacked villages, attacked schools and farms, while engaging in mass kidnapping and beheadings, across north east Nigeria and into Niger and Chad. But they are only one of many disparate groups operating within the region. It's often confusing trying to figure out who did what. Heavy military losses and widespread public distrust of Nigeria's security forces, have also proven very challenging in combating the deadly crisis. Sadly, very little of this story gets reported here. It's very hard to make much sense of it, but our hearts go out ... @ BBC

Covid Cuba: Cuba's "intensive medical care" program has greatly reduced the spread of the coronavirus across that beleaguered, socialist isle. Despite a daunting and highly illegal US embargo, government, state and party still work very effectively together for the common good. How unlike Cuba's capitalist critics in the NeoLiberal world @ Granma @ Granma

Warning -Mutant Spread: A new super fast spreading strain of the coronavirus has shown up in the UK. Early indicators are that it's already spread to Europe and Australia, so it's on it's way here. Will the new vaccines still work?!? Be aware -The same thing happened during the Spanish Flu pandemic with very deadly results. See "Covid Beat" below and @ DW

Covid Trump: Turns out that the Donald had a lot worse brush with the virus than he let on! Hmmm. See my 2021 "watch-for'sabout what might happen next at the link below! More @ NYT

Welcome to 2021: The US and Abroad: Check out my news projections @ HERE!

COVID BEAT

DIY Risk Self Assessment Links: Let's face it. The daily Covid numbers are widely juggled about by the government for political reasons. They're often incomplete or shown out of context, to cover up their ineptitude and/ or confuse us. Thankfully, there's still lots of top notch, medical experts out there whom aren't afraid to accurately break the numbers down further, showing us everything that we might otherwise miss. I'm reposting 3 very useful links to better help us plan safely as the second wave of the pandemic spirals out of control. I heartily encourage you to check them out. Each is truly an unsung hero, in the good fight against Covid-19. 

Physician Dr. Jennifer Kwan posts her latest, thorough charts and spreadsheets after 10 am each day, along with a lot of good, practical advice for making healthy choices @ Twitter I like Biostatistican Ryan Imgrund's focus on Reproductive, Positivity and School Infection rates @ Twitter So too Covid Schools Canada with it's school tracker @ Twitter @ 


Covid + Domestic Abuse: Many victims of domestic abuse are locked down this Christmas in a refuge shelter. They're the lucky ones. Sure, we've all got it rough, but let's not forget their plight @ Metro

Human Face Of Covid: One reason why we feel so little empathy with all the death and suffering, is that the Covid pandemic doesn't have a personal face. Confidentiality laws prevent us from actually seeing the victims and learning more about their plight. This might help @ WP

History Repeats: When Covid arrived last spring, the history teacher in me decided to investigate various pandemic's from the past. I wanted to see what happened. My jaw dropped! As the literature shows, there's very little that's really new about the crisis now unfolding. Be it a plague, influenza or Covid-19; our social, political and economic responses are chillingly the same! Ditto our beliefs, attitudes and patterns of behaviour too! In fact, the course of the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic very closely mirrors everything that's unfolded so far, and we haven't even reached the third wave yet! What happens next?!? A vaccine to save the world from itself? Hmmm. These books are essential reading. A rather frightening read, but a real eye opener too! Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year" @ Gutenberg and Albert Camus "The Plague" @  Guten Plus John M. Barry's "The Great Influenza" @  Amazon


Albert Camus Redux: The French existentialist author is long gone, but his books can still teach us a lot about the pandemic and it's aftermath today. "The Plague", "The Stranger", "The Fall" reconsidered @ F24


Newspaper Follies: What's left of our Ontario mainstream media has done little but shamelessly pander to Premier Doug Fraud, throughout the Covid pandemic. So much for being a watchdog and providing investigative reporting! But there's nothing new under the sun. As Daniel DeFoe ["Journal of the Plague Year"] explains, the media also created much confusion and assisted with lots of cover-ups, during the Black Plague @ Atlantic 


Nobody's Safe Unless Everybody Is Safe: Even if current projections are correct and most of us in Canada get vaccinated by next September, the pandemic is far from over. All elements of society, both at home and abroad, must receive the vaccine in a prompt, organized manner, or it'll just continue to grow, spread and prevent a complete recovery. Good luck  @ JT


Covid Class War
: The need to "Flatten the curve" often provides the perfect excuse for "economically destructive policies" that help the rich, but hurt the poor. It's such an effective if not diabolical strategy, that most of us don't even notice what's going on @ Bellows

Covid Unionization: Paid sick days? PPE's? Safe working conditions? Many frontline workers are showing renewed interest in joining a union, to better protect themselves at work @ NPR

No-Ho-Ho! Santa visits a Belgian nursing home with tidings of cheer and good will. Instead a super spreader event ensues, as he infects 75 residents with the virus. Beware of the not-really-so-jolly-fellow this year @ DB


Covid Christmas: Lotsa folks in lockdown are have a very hard time deciding to what to do about Christmas this year. Do we celebrate it with others? Including family members and significant others from outside our own household? Here are some mindful tips on how to prevent Christmas from turning into a huge super spreader event this year @ Ref29 @ TP

On Covid Fatigue: We survived the first wave. Are so tired, that the second is quite challenging. Probably there's still a third wave ahead. Dr. Anna Benerji and Dr. Jennifer Kwan discuss how to cope @ CK

Should I Disinfect The Groceries? Less focus is now being placed on surface verses airborne spread. Unless something has been touched a lot, it probably poses less of a Covid threat. Still, I suspect paying more attention too cleaning our hands and commonly used surfaces in the home, is still a whole lot more healthy and sanitary for us anyway. As for the groceries? You decide @ Global @ CTV

Much, much more to come ...

EDUCATION BEAT

School Spread: As the pandemic spreads like wildfire, OSSTF's Toronto secondary public school teachers and educational workers rightly call for more asymptomatic testing to really determine the actual infection rate within their schools. Also, for our city high schools to stay closed an extra 2 weeks after Christmas. 

In a second letter, OSSTF along with the AEFO, ETFO and OECTA teachers join 18 other community groups. Together, they call for more asymptomatic testing as well. They want smaller class sizes, better worker sick days and more family income supports too. 

But so far, there aren't any collective job actions. While Ford and Lecces' continue with their ongoing, shameless politics of denial, the 2020-21 school year has turned into a giant, super spreader event. 

Members first? Union solidarity 4Ever? Pfffft! Why are Ontario's teacher unions letting this nightmare drag on for so long? 

Some responsible, measured, civil disobedience is now quite clearly in order, before it's too late! 

Quite frankly, the members, students, and wider school community aren't safe. But sadly, the weak teacher union leadership still doesn't seem ready, willing or able to really "walk the talk", in the good fight against Covid-19 within our schools @ City @ OSSTF @ Toronto

Asymptomatic Spread: It's widely being recognized around the world, but not in Doug Fraud's Ontario. School aged children are especially vulnerable. They don't show any signs of infection and become "key spreaders" of the virus. Meanwhile, we're packing them into the province's overcrowded schools, without testing, inoculations and proper HVAC?!? @ Guardian

Expert Advice: Who's Ford actually listening too for advice on reopening our schools? Certainly not the teachers! OECTA President Liz Stuart explains @ BNN

Gilligan Lecce Knows What 2 Do [Not]!

Sick Kids: The Covid research team updates their school recommendations for the Ford government to randomly pick through again. Yeah, asymptomatic testing, masking, social distancing, and mental health supports top the list, for what it's worth @ Sick

Covid Educational Road Kill: The Covid pandemic is providing a ready opportunity for Doug Fraud to destroy Ontario's public education system and open the door to privatization. Last March, it looked like the province's teachers, students and parents might actually foil his plans. Now his emergency dictates have them back firmly under his control. To better get the big picture, here's a review of the Fraudster's efforts to wreck havoc upon our public school's throughout 2020 @ PP

KULTURE KULT INK

Xmas Pandemic: Let's flashback to the December news headlines from during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic! Masks? Lockdowns? Shopping? Parties? Dodgy politicians? Hey, it's just like right now!!! History repeats. We don't learn. So it goes, and on and on and on ..... Slate

Banned: Trump's the first world leader to be kicked off of hugely popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Sure, he's been permanently removed from the first, and indefinitely from the latter. But how will the social media giants effectively deal with any further such abuses of power on a go forward basis? At least before they spiral out of control once again? Some of the nagging issues are considered @ Vox Will Trump get back on Facebook?!? Maybe @ NY'er

Inside The MAGA Bubble: Imagine a day spent binging on pro Trump TV now that he's gone. Here's what it's like, for anyone with their eyes even half open @ Politico

Bill Murray's Ground Hog Redux: Every day is like Groundhog Day, when you're locked down during the Covid pandemic! Sigh! Alas! @ LAT

Choose Canada's "Scumbag" of The Year: Past winners include Scott BandaDeepak Chopra, Doug FordStephen Harper, Tim Horton's Heirs [The Joyce-Lynn-Horton-Royce's], Jason Kenney, Mark Lever Stephen McNeil, and Gale Weston Jr. 

This year it's a tie, with former Ontario Premier and AB LTC Provincial Director Mike Harris and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce being awarded the dubious honour @ Rank+File

Not Amazon: A helpful new website provides links and FAQ for shopping locally and supporting our small businesses during the lockdown. So far it covers Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Calgary. Even the record stores @ Not-Amazon.Ca


Covid Singles Sex + Dating Tips: Whoever thought it would come to this?!? On room mates, zoom dates and whether the masks stay off or on. Ho boy @ Ref29

On The Reports Of Life Outside Toronto: Ok! Ok! We know all about that big kerfuffle south of the lake, but guess what? There's other cities, with people, buildings and streets to the west and east of us too ... Whaaaa ....?!? Does that mean there's ... life north of the 407 too?!? Enquiring minds need to know! ... More @ Beaver


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