#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, Fargo-Moorhead

Protest sign: “The system in the United States isn’t broken; it was built this way.” We all need to do more to address racism and stop the killing of our brothers and sisters.

#BlackLivesMatter

IV Words is horrified at what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis – yet another death by cop for a black man in this country.

As a white man, my perspective is obviously limited, but what happens to people of color in the United States every day, and it seems especially to men of color, is shameful, soul-crushing, vile. I cannot imagine the daily feelings, from ever-present unease to terror.

For what it’s worth, I stand with all people of color. And today I stand especially with you for George Floyd.

#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BLM #BlackLivesMatter

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Censorship: Careful What We Wish For

Donald Trump is a vile human being who needs to be called on his lies, but the path of censorship is seldom traveled without consequence.

Donald Trump is a liar. He’s also a U.S. citizen.

I cheered when I first learned Twitter called Donald Trump on misleading Tweets about mail-in voting. About time, I thought.

The man cannot open his mouth or move his fingers without lying, it seems, and people believe the untruths he scatters around like so much shot out of a shell. Say it over and over and over enough times and people will believe it – that seems to be Trump’s strategy for just about everything.

It’s worked well for him so far. Look at how many people he got to vote for him in 2016, people who now are willing to defend him with their lives, literally, by going out in the midst of a plague with no thought of protecting themselves or others from infection. No social distancing. No masks. Nothing but guns and flags, U.S. and Confederate.

So, yeah, I was glad to see Trump’s favorite social media platform rein him in a bit. Finally.

But then, by the next morning, I was thinking about 1984.

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To the Class of 2020

Go ahead, say it. SCREAM it! We can’t do anything, anyway, and in the context of a pandemic? Absurd.

Well. That sucked.

 

Dear Class of 2020:

This is seriously fucked up.

Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition, FUBAR, as the fightin’ boys used to say.

But what can I say? What can anyone say?

The year started out right, football games under the Friday night lights, Homecoming, hangin’ out. Ruling the school. Finally.

It was your year, the year, 20/20 vision. Perfect, bitch. Deal with it.

FUBAR?

The rest of us don’t know the half.

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Pouring coronavirus stimulus funds down a hole. Literally.

Despite people and small businesses struggling to make it day to day amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the North Dakota Emergency Commission is giving the oil industry a $33.1 million gift. That’s OUR money.

Using the money to plug oil wells? Surely not… Right?

A treatment that benefits only one industry in North Dakota is a tough pill to swallow for thousands of the state’s citizens who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, it shouldn’t go down easy for any U.S. taxpayer.

James MacPherson of the Associated Press reported last week that the all-Republican North Dakota Emergency Commission approved $33.1 million of the $1.25 billion the state received in coronavirus stimulus funding from the federal government to plug “orphaned” oil wells.

The funding came to the state as a result of the CARES Act, passed by Congress in March, which provided states financial assistance to help them deal with coronavirus pandemic-related expenses such as aid for hospitals and emergency response teams, purchases of medical and protective equipment and payroll support for healthcare providers. It also is intended to help states recover economically.

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Women Heads of State Jump Ahead of the Coronavirus Pandemic Curve

These leaders kick ass big time.

It’s high time the United States “Put a Woman in Charge,” too.

Women are taking charge, pushing back and kicking ass all over the place. They have been for quite a while.

More Girl Power to ya, I say, as the husband of one strong woman and the father of two more.

Not that they or any other women need to give two shakes about what I have to say; they certainly don’t need approval from me or any other man.

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Luck is All That’s Left in This “Reopened” Coronavirus World. If You’re Lucky.

Just another immunocompromised guy placing one foot in front of the other, hoping to stay one step ahead.

Walkin’ It Out

Immunocompromised.

I say it only quietly, even in my mind. Coronavirus could hear. It might pick up even the faint whisper. It could come after me, track me down or sic someone on me. And one is all it takes.

One person.

One interaction.

One chance meeting.

One sneeze hanging in the air.

One breath.

One coronavirus infection.

One badass case of COVID-19.

One more potential death.

The “ones” apply not just to the immunocompromised, like me, but to anyone and everyone. My quiet mind keeps coming back to this.

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