Racism overkill

I don’t know about you, but I am getting a little tired of hearing about racism.
I fully realize that this statement is not politically correct, but I never liked political correctness anyway. There seems to be too much hypocrisy about it.

Yes, racism does exist, and it is highly unfortunate, but saturating the media with this single theme is not the way to go. Just like loud commercials, it will eventually prompt listeners to turn the sound off to avoid listening to another sermon… Especially during the pandemic season when everybody is more preoccupied with health issues than social justice.

Yes, bringing attention to persistent racism is laudable, but finesse is way more effective than brute force. Steady, subtle seduction is the way to go. You don’t win a girl’s heart with loud demonstrations of love. It is the small, steady, delicate attentions that will win her over.

It’s best if you can do things with a sense of humor and finesse. Eartha Kitt

You won’t eradicate racism in a few weeks, no matter how hard you try. Every nationality or ethnic group on earth has been subjected to this calamity one time or another.  Particularly the Jews… and it still persists.

If anything bad happens anywhere, it is a time-honored tradition among certain people to blame the Jews. For instance, delicious  GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene attributed wildfires to Secret Jewish Space Laser. Pretty damn clever those wicked Jews!
Never mind the innumerable good deeds Jewish doctors, scientists, and philanthropes have done for humanity.

The same goes for black Americans. Most are honest, hardworking citizens, but a minority of hoodlums take the limelight away from decent people. The press often emphasizes the wicked deeds of some and neglects to praise the accomplishments of the upstanding. This is wrong and has to stop. And so have police callousness.

Yes, Black lives matter, and “Honni soit qui mal y pense” but no more and no less than any other group.

In America, the Asians, the Irish, the Poles, the Italians, the Latinos, the American Indians, and many others have all been subjected to racism.

If you are a person inclined to make racist comments, mind your thoughts and watch your mouth. The world today is a living camera and whatever you do or say will be recorded for posterity.
Ted Cruz thought that he could get away with duplicity… he didn’t and will be haunted by it forever. And so will you if you err on the wrong side of the track.

Under differently colored skins, we all belong to the same human family.
Let’s all quietly and mutually respect each other.

Alain

Did you get yours?

Did you get yours? If you came from another celestial body, you would certainly think that this short sentence was the normal form of greeting used by planet Earth’s natives.

These 4 short words are now heard everywhere and are quickly replacing the obsolete “how are you today?” formula among the aging set (Tamalous). For it is crucial today to get vaccinated to try to stop the pandemic’s relentless assault against the world population.

But not everybody is on board. A small but vocal group of anti-vaxxers is waging a campaign against Covid-19 shots.

“The anti-vaxxer movement began in the 18th century in the U.S., with religious leaders describing them (vaccines) as the “devil’s work.” The campaign grew in the 19th and 20th centuries as a matter of human rights.”

 These misinformed souls have little faith in science and prefer to believe that vaccines are unsafe… and also generate autism in young children. This theory, by the way, has been totally debunked by the medical establishment.

Social media users are also having a field day with vaccines.

“After Americans started receiving vaccinations against COVID-19, social media users shared a viral image claiming that CNN reported hospitals going on lockdown after vaccine recipients started eating each other. A Google reverse search revealed that the image originated as a joke on meme website.”

Did you get yours? Yes, I got mine recently (at least the first shot) and as far as I know, I am not inclined to consume any part of my wife’s body. I cannot vouch for her, but (even though French food is much tastier than Russian food), I am not yet missing any part of my glorious anatomy.

Vaccines have been around for a long time and have proven to be highly effective against a variety of diseases. Everybody knows that (well almost everybody) and is eager to get his shots. Vaccines are still scarce, but they are starting to materialize regularly. By the end of the summer, it is estimated that the entire US population is going to be vaccinated.

This does not mean that we are home-free and allowed to go back to our old familiar habits. We still have to wash our hands regularly and wear masks probably until 2022. A small price to pay for survival and safety.

The non-believers though are doing a great disservice to their fellow human beings. By refusing to get vaccinated, they will prolong the existence of Covid-19 (and its cousins) among us.

Half-million victims are enough. If you did not get yours, do it as fast as possible. Our common lives depend on it.

Alain

Les Tamalous

Étymologie : De la question « t’as mal où ? ».
Nom commun : tamalou \ta.ma.lu\ masculin
Personne qui se plaint toujours d’avoir mal quelque part, généralement une personne âgée.

Winners and losers of the pandemic

The seismic shock of Covid-19 has thrown many industries out of kilter, and some (like the dinosaurs) will never recover. In this gigantic struggle, only the strong and most innovative outfits will survive.

Some winners and losers are already apparent. The most obvious struggling industries are tourism, hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, movie theaters, casinos, shopping malls, and professional sports.

Even amateur sports are in trouble, especially the next Summer Olympics Games, scheduled to open in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

“Travelers will have to produce a negative test within 72 hours of departure and then test negative upon arrival. They will not have to quarantine but aren’t allowed to go to restaurants, bars, stores, tourist destinations or ride public transportation during their first 14 days. They may not attend Olympic events in which they aren’t participating.

All travelers must submit a detailed itinerary — including the names of anyone they will be in close contact with, such as teammates — to Japanese authorities. They must input details of their health and any symptoms they are experiencing into a mandatory mobile app. Athletes are discouraged from chanting or singing while cheering for others but are encouraged to clap.” ESPN

All these restrictions might discourage a lot of people from even showing up at this event.

Real estate is also taking a big hit. Many people are now working from home and even when the pandemic will be over, they will continue to do so. Thus have decided the powers that be. They don’t see the need to rent large offices anymore and won’t renew their leases when they expire. They will save a lot of money at the expense of the real estate magnates and I don’t feel a bit sorry for those.

An equally large number of people are now shopping online, and once adopted, this habit will perdure. Retail stores and shopping malls will suffer.

On the winning side, we have Big Tech (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, Zoom) with Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg racking big money.
With many people and students working from home, computer makers are also seeing a big demand for their products.

Online grocers and online deliveries are also on a roll. Video games and the fledgling cannabis industry are equally doing well because what can you do when you are unemployed, and when the rent is due?

The French say “Le malheur des uns fait le bonheur des autres » (the misfortune of some contributes to the happiness of others) and it is sadly true.
Personally, I don’t wish to see anybody fail to feel good but succeeding at anything still gives you a “petit je ne sais quoi.”

Be well, and don’t do anything I would not do.

Alain