Thanks for lumping us all together
How would you put what I said?
Unfortunately, in order to get out of this binding agreement nobody in their right mind would agree to and which we were never even told about let alone had a chance to vote on, we’re stuck until we leave it.
Only then are we free.
Our leadership must be one that has the cajones to admit what had been done.
They must tell the truth.
There is a way countries can modify or leave these commitments. If you read that paper I linked the suggestion at the end is a good start but its not identical to the procedure we’re supposed to follow. We need a President who actually wants to get us out of it and neither of the current candidates seem even remotely likely to do what needs to be done, which is the Article XXI procedure. If I could upload PDFs I’d be happy to upload it here. You can read a bit about it on my web site, policyspace dot xyz . As you see this is the actual way to get us out so that we can actually vote for whatever we want. Right now as long as we are in this deal almost every single progressive Democratic policy change we need is forbidden in one way or another by this deal from hell.
We own the planet and we are the people that our government was until recently supposed to be for, but they and other governments set up a higher tier of so called global economic governance that most of us don’t even realize is there. Its been put in charge of economic issues now, and its totally unaccountable to we the people.
Its only accountable to governments, even NGOs basically have no standing - neither do people. We’re just atomised parts of markets, the rights to whom can be bought and sold and cannot be devalued by governments, something they call “indirect exporopriation” (theft of an investment by a goverment.
So corporations would frame a single payer system as a theft of their investment, their property, by a government.
We need to wake up to not only that our rights have been stolen, we need to be aware how its been done and why. Not just that its “for money”. Because there are a great many weaknesses in this scheme and places where it fails to be approriate or make sense.Public services as they existed in the past have been successfully dismanted bit by bit by this complicated and utterly immoral new scheme - which we need to understand in order to get our democracy back.
Look at that map above. The United States of America is bright red. No other country on the planet is bright red. This should tell you something.
SARS-COV-2 kills people in unusual ways. It can cause the onset of diabetes in otherwise healthy people. It can cause a heart attack. It can cause permanent lifetime organ damage and then the formerly healthy person has to take care of their/his/her brand new medical problem for a lifetime.
Some perfectly ordinary countries wore their masks and almost nobody died.
Coronavirus antibodies may only last for a couple of weeks. Then you can get it again and again.
So, we’re going to live in a world with masks. We already live in a world with seat belts and then shoulder belts or else a cop can hand out a ticket someday.
We already learned to live in a world with safe sex because of sexually transmitted diseases and a few babies. “Trojan” means something different now. So, if you want to go to a concert and scream and shout and hopefully touch while dancing, your little group of two or more is going to have to do it in a little plexiglass box. The band is going to be behind plexiglass too. A little computer fan will pull your air off to a filter.
We’re going to live in a world with plexiglass at the restaurant, plexiglass in the classroom…
Wear your face shield. Get yourself a decorated face shield that says “U.S. Space Force.” We all need slightly higher tech masks that don’t fog up our glasses.
New: Natural Vitamin D seems to play a part in pleasant New England having not much contagion and the Deep South going to pot inside air-conditioned buildings. A bottle of Vitamin D pills is pretty cheap. Also on the hot list, green tea, zinc pills, elderberry,…
For several weeks I had to put the space in before the .net. If I didn’t, commondreams would reject my message. I’ll see if they’ve changed anything.
I think that COVID-19 will likely reduce birth rates a lot worldwide. Because who wants to have babies under such miserable conditions ~
bring children into a world with so much insecurity.
Odd, and only getting more so.
I predict that when all is said and done years from now, the CFR for Covid19 will be under 0.4%.
Bad, but much closer to seasonal flu than was first suggested.
SARS-COV-2 increases physical insecurity. When your only security is children you have more of them, sociologists have found.
Just a guess, we’re going to see a vast number of Christmas babies this year, nine months after the lockdowns.
106 deaths in my county. One was someone under 50.
Here’s C19 California as of yesterday, sample size of over 216,000 cases:
People under 50 represent 64% of all cases, 6% of all deaths.
People 80+ represent 5% of cases, and more than 45% of all deaths.
Under 17, 8% of all cases, ZERO deaths.
Sorry, but you’re in serious denial. Facts are facts.
My 84-year-old mother loves her adult grandchildren, ages 21 to 31.
But they’re not allowed to visit.
This is only the seventh identified corona virus, no telling how many more we will see or where this goes.
This is going to go where it’s already going: Learning to live with it.
A comment from a 19-year-old Florida college student referring to young people testing positive:
“My generation says: ‘Let’s get this over with. Let’s suck it up for two weeks, sit in our rooms, play video games, play with our phones, finish online classes, and it’s over.”
Wait’ll he finds out that immunity is temporary – like with other corona viruses. Hey, time will tell.
Good point. Ugh, I feel sorry for young people trying to deal with this.
Conversely, I feel sorry for the elderly.
And a note on corona virus post-infection immunity. In other corona viruses, immunity lasts for roughly 2-3 years with wide variations. After that time frame, you are still less likely to contract a corona virus strain, and likely, if you do, to have milder symptoms. But there are no guarantees, especially with this novel strain.
Wow if we had only known
Zed has the only REAL perspective
Nice little bow tied box you got there
I would prefer the far more accurate word of “privilege” over “entitlement.” They have come to believe their privilege is something they are entitled to, but it is a false idea. There are some things we are all entitled to, such as clean air, water, a livable planet and, although, it has yet to catch on in America, I will add health care, food, housing and justice.
Exactly. That’s why you are entirely unserious to write “But only lots of us over 80 are going to die. Period.”
Feel free to rage on as if your hyperbole serves some purpose.
FYI – as if you give a shit, as you enact your bizarre tantrum for unknown reasons – my partner is 37 and seriously immune-compromised. i’m going to ignore you completely, and try not to kill her.
But since youre trolling me, I think I am going to bow out. Take care.
We need to restore the kind of thinking that brings such rights into being. Over the last few decades, corporations have actually been given rights to sell those things. Ending legal provisions of dozens of once public services. Those that still remain wont remain for long. The whole planet is literally being stolen, formally, “legally” (although it shouldnt be legal)
The key to reversing this is first, in getting out of this bad international deal, or perhaps by changing something called the governmental authority exclusion, its a bad definition thats being used for public services, one thats so narrow almost no services are allowed to be public anymore which means they must be sold by corporations, not supplied by governments at all ever. The US is leading this theft of the public domain for transnational corporations. Its tied to a campaign to alienate our nation’s exclusive rights to work, converting a relatively small potential workforce of 350 million - increasing it to a potential 7 billion, which will lower wages to a fraction of what they are now. So the people whose only posession is being American and being able to work here - while others cant, is likely to vanish into thin air soon. Both parties seem tobe trying to hide all this and tell people what they think they want to hear but both are being very dishonest. Also most deregulation now locks in but most people dont know this.
I’ve been watching and following the WTO, PPP, the Doha Round and all the rest for many years. It’s good you are bringing it up and encouraging folks to keep their eye on that ball that seems to be able to get by under all the distractions. I predicted many years ago that the slide to the bottom would include medical, legal and educational services. The other side won’t be giving that push up anytime soon without more coming from our side. What ever happened to all the organizing that helped bring about those amazing protests against the Doha Round, from Seattle, to Bangkok to here in Hong Kong, etc.? All seems mighty quiet these days but the danger remains.
What is PPP?