Opinion: The Duterte Administration doesn’t want a free-media, but a gang of YES-MEN!

Today its official the House of Representative has put the nail in the coffin for the renewal of the media house and franchise ABS-CBN. This has been an on-going battle for the media company and its associates. What this does is close radio stations across the Republic and also TV stations. They are deliberately closing one of the strong independent media houses.

ABS-CBN have had the ability to actually bring content of facts. Yes, it has its wrong like everyone does. Everyone who publish, distribute and address news will sooner or later do blunders. What this Presidency is doing is to silence and muffle media houses that dares to question them. Just like Ressa of Rappler, the ABS-CBN is in the same regard. They dared to have provocative ads and such in the campaign ahead of this administration. That’s why this sort of thing is a retaliation, as the Congress is filled with YES-MEN and people blindly loyal to the President. He won the recent mid-term election and has less of opposition to ever stop him. Everyone that oppose get into dire waters and awaiting sharks.

ABS-CBN now is in the same waters. Rappler, which is a small digital operation has survived. Even when the authorities and the state has challenged it at every possible way. Now the media house of ABS-CBN is getting detained and possibly closed because it offended the Don in the previous Presidential Elections.

There is no other way to see this. It is a political retaliation. They can use legal means and spin-it, but that is the end-game. If ABS-CBN had been positive and been less objective, if it had been as friendly as GMA and 24 Oras. They wouldn’t come in this situation. The ABS-CBN is here, because it dares to question the powers to be. It dares to challenge and also go nuts about it. If it didn’t do that and was a only broadcasting what Malacanang and the PCOO wants spread. They are just to copy verbatim and memos without questioning it.

If you do that? Then, your in trouble. Big trouble, possibly either losing your job or getting court-side. The government will figure one way or another to bring you down.

With this in mind. If anyone in the House of Representatives that voted for the closure of ABS-CBN ever speaks of freedom of speech and liberty to express themselves. Than, they got to look in the mirror and remember what they did today. The 70 members should be remember, because they clearly don’t give an rats ass about freedom of expression. They are just loyal lackey’s of Duterte.

This here shows that this administration again doesn’t trust the media to cover their actions. Neither, does it accept them pressing on issues. They are just supposed to dance along with the President and his team. Not supposed to question or speak up. If you do?

You gone go missing and be denied. Just like the ABS-CBN or Rappler who both been under fire. The ones loosing out is the public, the employees and in the end, also the men who stopped ABS-CBN. Unless they want to clap in the same echo-chamber and wants the same psalms to sing from Manila to Davao. They just wants empty-headed tabloids and scripted songs in favour of the administration. These representative don’t want to be questioned or investigated by reports. They want to have empty love like celebrities.

These people want the red-carpet treatment, they want to be kissed and get the love. That’s why they are closing ABS-CBN. To prove a point, but its a flawed point. Only undressing their motives and the message is clear.

If you don’t show us love, we will close you down. Peace.

Opinion: The Tories wants to weaponize foreign aid now?

The government department responsible for overseas aid is to be merged with the Foreign Office (FCO), the BBC understands. The move to combine the Department for International Development (DFID) and the FCO follows a review into UK aid spending by crossbench peer Lord Bew. Boris Johnson is expected to confirm the move, long mooted in Conservative circles, in the Commons later” (BBC.com – ‘International development and Foreign Office to merge’ 16.06.2020).

If your thinking the Little Britain is getting better on the world stage with the Tories in power. This sort of move is directly weaponizing foreign aid grants. Instead of having a separate department working on own terms to actually develop and make a difference. That is, if the ideal is to bring a change and making a difference.

This from the party that still clings on top the dreams and ideals of the greatness of the British Empire. An empire that is long gone and the powers of the United Kingdom has already dwindled. They will be even more weaken and lack soft powers internationally when they are finally left the European Union (EU).

The move is to replicate the Secretary of State in the United States. They are copying the mismanaged militarized state supported development schemes of the United States. That is not a good look. Especially, if the UK want to be serious actor on the world stage and look sincere in their motives. However this paradigm will be more of the political motivations at home and bring brownie points to the current leadership. Then actually make a change.

I don’t see any positive out of this, than they will make political moves instead of actually do what its supposed to do. We already knows there are strings to it and reasons for the development projects and aid. No money is free money, if you believe that. Then your lying to yourself and accepting money from someone. There will be something you need to do. If that is being accountable, prove the recites and that it actually was spent on intended projects. Hitting a set of goals and reach a set amount of people so the foreign donors can tell their tax-payers that it was worth giving this money away.

This is something we all know. If not … we are lying to ourselves and thinking the monies are giving away with naive intentions and can be used on ghosts without any fuzz. If it was so, then the donors would quit quickly and be hostile to continue the practice. There is a reason for certain measures and conditions for taking the aid and grants.

The DFID incorporated into the Foreign Office will only turn every move more political and the ambition of it will change. It will depend on whose in office and who is running the Foreign Office. That means the objectives will turn and will be what is benefiting foreign policy agenda. It will be more business oriented and towards the goals of the current leadership. Instead of being a supposed a long-term development tool in the world. It is not perfect, but at least have had some results and some positive use of its currency.

Now we can expect more political ambition behind the grants and the aid. It will be fitting with the additional pressure of the foreign office, instead of the concern of development or actually making a difference. Expect they will invest in a lot white elephants and waste as it fits the political agenda more than what is actually needed in the nation they are spending funds on.

That is my estimation of it. As well as they scrap a lot of projects, a lot of programs and participation as its not positive politically back-home. Even if it does something positive where these things are actually running day-to-day. Peace.

Wetangula: A man without a home

Moses Wetangula, the tenure of Party Leader in the Forum for Restoration of Democracy – Kenya (FORD-Kenya) is now over. After ten years in-charge, the gazette today is now making it official. Even after the outcry and battle cry for his restoration of the role in the end of May 2020. It has been to no avail and its now official.

Wetangula, the former NASA Co-Principal and the former Minority Leader in the Senate is a man without a home. His a backbencher in some ways. A lost soul trying to find his way. Moses got support of Musalia Mudavadi, but that doesn’t help him. It seems that he got no helping hands or general control to assess the situation itself.

His fall started on the dethroning in October 2018, as his lost the title and leader role in the Senate. That was the first proof that he wasn’t untouchable and had enough friends. This was given to James Orengo, as he represented the biggest opposition party.

Since, then its been the gold scandal and shown that Wetangula haven’t had friends as he couldn’t find a way or relevance. As he wasn’t loyal to the National Super Alliance, neither to the Presidential Handshake. Therefore, neither Jubilee nor ODM needed him.

Wetangula can try to join Amani National Congress. That might boost the ANC a little bit, but not by much. Not like Moses will lead them across to Canaan. He could never do that alone before and that will not change now. Mudavadi needs friends too. That’s why this will be his new home. Unless, Ruto finds some shelter for him.

Moses made this road himself. He went out with full bravado and showed that he had no support. Neither in his own camp or on the outside. He has Mudavadi, but he could only come with with a hardcore statement. Musalia couldn’t change the results nor the outcome. That was sealed. It just took a few days and now its done.

Wetangula is homeless in a way. He is a senator, but not a big-man. It seems like he doesn’t have the needed connections nor political savvy to figure things out. That’s why this fall so brutal. He talked of foot-soldiers, but they didn’t show up for either. That why this so hopeless.

If we can learn anything from this. Never ever take things for granted, your position, your titles and your comrades. Always work and find your ways. Since, if you don’t, you can end up like Wetangula and be without a home.

I wonder, who will let him in and give him space.

Wetangula needs it …

We just have to wonder what’s next up for him. Clearly he needs a message, a vision and a long-con. Because, all his short-cons since the 2017 elections has failed him. Peace.

The Dark-Side of the British Empire: Revived with tearing down the Colston statute

That statue is now under water, which is a piece of historical irony because undoubtedly people would’ve been thrown off the sides of the ships during that journey and there would be many African bodies on the bottom of the water” – Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees

There are certain aspects that remains, the legacy of the British Empire and the role United Kingdom played in the world. It is not the “free world” was that free, neither has the way the United Kingdom gotten wealth been the most humanitarian nor righteous. The United Kingdom wealth came from thieving, looting, destroying and conquering huge parts of planet earth.

That several of person used their station, their lives and their missions in destroying humanity for profit isn’t surprising. One of these fellows was Edward Colston. His legacy, which a vital part of the history of United Kingdom is filled with death, destruction and the despair. The damage and the hurt caused by men of Colston’s stature is hard for us to imagine. As he build his wealth and reputation around selling slaves, African slaves to Europe and the other colonies. The blood of Africans enriched this man.

The ones who wants to cherish this legacy because of his giving ways. That was tokens of silver coming from a man who sent thousands of innocent lives into the sea. A man who profited and worked with selling people like cattle. That is what he did and how he did it. Therefore, the ones brining it down. Only did a merciful thing and let drown like the man did several of unknown men, woman and children across the sea. Yes, vandalism isn’t a good thing, but neither is trading people like cattle. I prefer challenging the acts of betrayal of humanity over the destruction of monument of atrocities.

With that in mind. Here is some short clips of information on the man, that the Bristol City Council had made a statute and a plaque to commemorate, celebrate and have in the midst of the town. A man of such significance, that he was overlooking the town. Just read it and see for yourself.

Short history on Colston:

Colston’s business empire at its height included more than 40 ships which in total are thought to have transported around 80,000 slaves. Around 20,000 slaves likely died during the Atlantic crossing on Colston’s ships. Colston eventually became deputy governor of the Royal African Company, an institution backed by Charles II that was granted a monopoly of the British slave trade. It was through this company that Bristol gained much wealth with Colston’s dealings contributing to Bristol becoming the hub of Britain’s slave trade. Later, Colston would come to directly deal with the royal family and sold stock in the Royal African Company to king William III. By the 1690s Colston ended his involvement in the slave trade and instead became a money lender, granting loans to the government on several occasions” (Epigram – ‘Histories of Bristol: Edward Colston’ 26.06.2018).

Maximizing space in the slave ships:

To maximise profit, his ships divided their hulls into cramped holds, so they could transport as many slaves as possible. They were stripped and chained in leg irons – the women and children were caged separately and were frequently victims of sexual abuse. Unhygienic conditions, dehydration, dysentery, smallpox and scurvy meant mortality rates for the eight-week crossing were as high as 20 per cent. Slaves who died or refused to eat were thrown overboard” (Mike Gardner – ‘Edward Colston: The father of Bristol’s slave shame’17.06.2014).

So with that in mind and that perspective. It is easily to see that this man isn’t noble at all. His the soldier of fortune, his the merchant of death and so fourth. A slave trader and a man who had no scruples to ensure profits. This is the sort of man the United Kingdom trusted and appointed as part of the Royal African Company. Therefore, even as despicable as his actions was. They are connected with the whole United Kingdom. He served own interests by all accounts, but also directly as a public servant in the state owned enterprise.

That is why the Colston affair is a United Kingdom affair. It is darkness, the grim realities of the British Empire and how it brought wealth to the English people. This bloody enterprise earned him fortunes, glory and prestige. That is why the Bristol City Council at some point put up the statute, named a hall and schools after him. Because, in their eyes he was a noble man. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make it true, even if he used some of the spoils on some good causes. The business making it possible was devastating. 

Edward Colston was a merchant of death. That is the only way I can see it, maybe not with guns, but with the way he traded humans. This is the legacy he leaves behind. The charity that someone points out is pointless, as the blood-money used for good doesn’t equate the bad. The ones pointing at that does that to shift the narrative. Instead of looking at the core of his business model. A place where there are no redeeming factors. Only blood, sweet and tears.

Colston fate deserved this. The relic of a despicable enterprise should be destroyed. If not like Keir Stramer said that it could be put into a museum. As a poof and symbol of the slavery, which is a part of the history of United Kingdom. Therefore, it is not shielding it or forgetting it. However, not at the same time glorifying it and having it as a part of city life. It deserves to be put in a historical context at a museum. Because, the public should look up to heroes and not merchants death. Peace.

Opinion: When the state creates enemies without investigations, you know your in trouble Part II

With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda” (…) “To identify criminal organizers and instigators, and to coordinate federal resources with our state and local partners, federal law enforcement is using our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF). The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly” – Attorney General William Barr (Attorney General William P. Barr’s Statement on Riots and Domestic Terrorism, 31.05.2020).

This is clear continuation from the Department of Justice to use Anti-Fascists as the target. The US Justice system is targeting the ones who fight against fascists, which is really rare. They are really showing their true face to the world. That explains why they so violently are targeting minorities and the African-Americans. If the Law Enforcement is there to shield the Fascists and racists. That is the base of the President, his Alt-Right and White Supremacist base will surely be fuelled by this.

However, there is no direct Antifa group, it is in ideology, which could be pinned on various groups of people. These are the ones whose mission is to expose and fight the ones who wants to collectively destroy multiculturalism and works for ideology based on the belief that one race is better than another. That is what fascists believes. By making Anti-Fascist terrorist, they are directly supporting Fascists.

That is the message the Department of Justice and Attorney General sends. This is happenings, as the President is tweeting, that his administration is working on declaring “Antifa” an terrorist organization.

The thing is, that the are several of groups, who has the ideals of Antifa, but none is it directly. They are fighting the Neo-Nazi’s of America. They are countering the racist ideologies and their outfits. As there are plenty of those, who are both militant and dangerous. That is why they have participating in looting and destruction during these riots and demonstrations. As they have spiked the violence and also done damage to society. That is why the Law Enforcement has arrested White Supremacists, whose worked to make it seems that peaceful protesters are engaging in destruction of property and such.

This is why the AG mission to ensure the narrative. Even without the justification from the Law Enforcement in the various of states. His just pinning the crime on someone, an invisible entity and politicising it too. Instead of actually following leads, proof and evidence. He has already scoped at an invisible force and calling it a day.

That is what’s so rare and unique. Creating enemies out of ideology, instead of actually crime committed. Secondly, incriminating a set of belief and values, which is to directly oppose the fascists. That also something I never thought I would write in 2020, but apparently I am. Because, the Department of Justice and President is on the side of Fascists. Since, they are targeting the Antifa now.

If you ever wonder why the Republican Party is morally bankrupt and is running on agenda that is not people friendly. Remember they are fighting the people who believe in multiculturalism and who doesn’t see race. Remember that the GOP is now in bed with White Supremacist and the ones who fight against the ideal of the civil rights movement. The ones who wants to continue to put a bondage on the African American communities and Minorities of the United States. That’s who they are and they not even concealing it anymore. The gloves are off. Peace.

USA: Time for a UN Team of Experts to Investigate US Police Brutality and Ethnic Violence

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” – Matthew 7:11-12, New International Version

If it was any other nation, republic or place in the world. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and other agencies would be preoccupied with finding people, experts and a level-headed chief, a former head of state to run an operation into the demise, the failure to follow human-rights and escalating violence from the state authorities. As the curfews, the reports of killings, hospitalization and so fourth is coming in.

In this manner, the Organization of American States (OAS) would intervene. Send a former Latin American President and collect a team of experts to investigate on behalf of the UNSC. They would have configured a mandate, there would have been sessions with UNSC and the voting would have mandatory. The state then had to comply and let these experts into the Republic to investigate the matters of misconduct, wrong-doing and ill attempts of human rights violating, which in some instances has been lethal and fatal.

In this regard, there would also been missions from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and Gulf States Cooperation Council (GCC). They would all participate somehow. With observers and people reporting directly from all across. Some taking the Mid-West, others taking the Southern States. Others focusing on the Eastern Coast and finally someone looking into the actions made on the West Coast. That would all make sense.

However, this is not happening. There is a few small condemnation statements, but that is about it. It is not typical, but shows a signs of hope. That the world is not having it. Nevertheless, the UNSC and the other organizations needs to gather strength and push this. If the US can to this others, then it should be done upon them as well. That is only fair and square.

The US has always piled pressure, put into sanctions and done everything possible in the book. They have used all means to undermine sovereignty and integrity of other nations. This been done with intent of pressuring the states to act differently towards it citizens. Also, to show moral superiority. However, now, the King is undressed. The facade and the whole showcase has gone ballistic.

The triggers are off and the sparking violence is on the screens. It is filmed by the citizens, the open marginalization and lack of systems towards the minorities and African American citizens are clear as day. The is no shadow of a doubt. The evils of the society in the United States is appearing right in-front of our eyes. It is not hidden and needs to be addressed. There is no better time than now.

It is time to hook-up a AU, ASEAN, GCC or OAS with a Team of Experts, enlighten the world, the UNSC and condemn the White House and Trump Administration constantly. Even try to sanction or embargo something. So, that the police officers cannot get tear-gas or riot gear. Something to shield the citizens from this havoc. They deserve better, the US has told this to everyone else.

Now the world has to tell you the same. Because, you isn’t any better. You use the same tools you say others shouldn’t. That is hypocrisy and that needs to be said. Peace.

Opinion: When the state creates enemies without investigations, you know your in trouble

Unfortunately, with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda. In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence” – Attorney General William Barr on the 30th May 2020

Today, we were seeing the head of the Department of Justice issuing a statement without facts nor legal justification. His playing a perception, as there are investigations into whose behind the looting, the riots and whatnot. While the anger, the frustrations and public outcry is there against continues police brutality against minorities and the African-American Communities. There are even reports of Police Officers doing the bidding of looting and destruction pinning it on others.

Therefore, when the Attorney General issues this statement. He does it first and foremost to clear the air. To ensure his narrative gets the spin, that his playing the facade that his master wishes. Because, the President is blaming the Left and Antifa for it all. While there is even reports of investigations into White Supremacists and Alt-Right Groups involved in destruction too.

So, until the evidence is there, as erratic as these times are. There are someone who wants to spin the news. There are someone who wants to ensure one party is the enemy. The enemy is the ones whose not on the side of the government. The other side is wrong. Because, this state isn’t saying the violent right is behind it. They are not saying anyone from various of Alt-Right groups, which is associates with race-crimes and killing minorities are involved. This is historically like that with the KKK and other groups.

That’s why its rich that Republican and Trump loving technocrat Barr blames the left and Antifa. Without evidence. That is just a narrative to ensure the public, that in the back of their heads. They are reminded that the Left is the issue, while it was a man of the Right Wing as a Police Officer who sparked the whole thing and who killed George Floyd. However, that part of the reality isn’t touched, because that undermine the reality that the AG wants to posses.

This is the narrow-minded blame-game. If the AG thought this was brilliant. Maybe, he needs to study the history of using “Super-Predators” of the 1990s and such. Since, instead of that, its now Antifa. Only the masking of the name has changed, but the paradigm is the same. Making someone an enemy and target, to legitimize the same behaviour from the authorities. Which in the end spark the same demonstrations, the same riots and the public display of outrage. Because, how many lives can the authorities take without consequence?

That should be the question here and what is the final drop in the glass. That makes it spill over the whole table and make a mess. The mess is here, the President and AG trying to find their enemy. However, they are only showing their vile attempt to create a narrative, which isn’t proven or investigated.

This is the school-boy argument of blaming the older boys for tarnishing and TP-ing the hallways, when in reality it could the young boys. However, there are no clear investigation into it. So, let’s blame the older ones. Shall we? Peace.

Opinion: Boris will shield his consigliere

This is really tragic, but a reality. When is the Prime Minister such a weakling and lack of a visionary. That he cannot touch unelected bureaucrats and advisors. What sort of man is Boris Johnson?

Is he such a spineless and insincere man? That he rather safeguard a citizen whose inside his chambers and advising him. Instead of actually governing and leading by example. Acting reckless and brutal towards to Health Care Experts and Journalists. Because, their words are problem, not his closest ally and confidant.

This is the sort of problem only the Dons of Mafia Movies has issues with. Since, they need and sought after a certain level of loyalty. That their most honoured and made of honour outside the family and whose not a capo is the Consigliere. The man who the Don trusts and knows will give good advice. The “right-hand man” of the operation and the one who has a solution to the issues of the Mafia family.

In this regard, Dominic Cummings has become the Consigliere of Boris Johnson. His so vital, that the principal that everyone is equal under the law is a bygone. That the government isn’t accountable or needs to address the misgivings of him. This is because of his role and that his man who gives the best advice in the world.

Cummings is the mastermind, the man behind the scenes and the brilliant spin-doctor that can always sell a lie. Dominic can always come up with some sort of smokescreen or adjust the reality to his vision. So, now he just have to ride the storm and hope people let go off it.

Because, that he broke the lockdown rules doesn’t matter. Two trips to Durham and a visit to Castle. His the consigliere dammit, he needs to chill and test the newest glasses from Spec-savers. That’s what a man of his stature do.

The sad thing about this, that Boris isn’t a Don, but a Prime Minister. A head of state, his the one in-charge and in-command. He got such little will and ability to reign without his consigliere that he got to save him. Even when he breaks the laws and the lockdown regulations. He defends him and even does it without concern with what message that sends.

This shows that the advisor or Chief Aide has special unique powers. That the PM see so much in him, that his willing to breach with common sense and with how the law enforcement would have applied to the commoner. This is what his done.

Initially by doing this, the PM or the Don has shown the public that there are difference between you and them. They can be shielded and be above the law. They are the ones whose legislating it anyway’s. While you have to answer, if you dare test it or do the same.

The Consigliere is a lucky man. His an entitled man and apparently his above the law. Peace.

Opinion: Racial Inequality is still a thing in America

Well, it’s sad that someone has to say this, but the Civil Rights Movement. The minorities and the stigma in society is still vibrant and still alive. What is worse, is that its state sanctioned at this point. As of this time and days of our lives. The White or Causation Majority has more rights than the rest.

This has been proven with how the White Americans are using the Police as a security agency and using their entitlements in public. If a African-American is in the park, in the parking-lot or barbecuing close by. That is in an issue in normal times, but becomes even more dire in a pandemic.

The reality is that the African-American can become a target without any precaution or warrant. The Police can without any hesitation, fire and use force against. However, if a white man is armed like Rambo or looking like a Bond Villain in the Capitols of the States. They can walk scotch-free. These people don’t have to worry about the Police or the authorities using means to engage.

However, an African-American can easily get killed by the Police by jogging in the wrong neighbourhood at the wrong time. The Police can if they may easily just take away all rights and even the lives without any reason. That is what happen to George Floyd in Minneapolis. It’s pure injustice in the hands of the law. This was one of the men of the law, whose supposed serve and protect the public. The Police is supposed to safeguard and keep the streets safe, not take lives.

What is the matter of fact, this is not the first victim of what the Police in the United States has done. Its been doing this for years. Its imprinted in their ways and the politicians are letting it happen. The leadership isn’t stopping it. Just like they are not stopping the raids of ICE and having camps for immigrants. All are of the minorities, which is not as protected by these law enforcement.

This is sincere default and problematic stance, which is embedded in society. Where the Police can do this and continues to do so. That the Police Officer can easily take a life of an African-American. This shows what is wrong with the US. There is a lack of justice, lack or equality and lack societal norms to stop this.

It is nt like like all boys in Blue would do this, but their shield and their means have massively been to target, arrest and mass incarcerated minorities for decades. This is thing in the US and continues to persist. That shows that the supposed leaders of the Free World isn’t that free. Except one group, because we see that.

It is clear as day, as earlier in the month, white-men could go to the capitols in-front of the governors offices fully armed and with no direct interference from law-enforcement. However, when African-American men whose not armed going into the streets. They we’re tasting tear-gas in Minneapolis yesterday. And in Los Angles the Police drove even into a group of protesters after this murder of Floyd.

Therefore, the racial injustice continues. The eras of Jim Crow is still here. Maybe not in direct law, but in action. The Police are using the same means and functions to the same paradigm in the US. What is boggling, is that the ones scavenging at Colin Kaepernick kneeling for freedom, liberty and against this sort of behaviour of the authorities. That is why it’s ironic and sad, that the ones yelling at him, isn’t saying a word against the officer who kneeled for eight minutes taking the life of Floyd.

No one should get the treatment of Floyd. Doesn’t matter who you are, what’s your race, colour, creed or faith. That doesn’t matter, if we are all equal, then the African-American shouldn’t get this treatment by law enforcement. It is that easy. If they are equal to the Whites who went to the Capitols earlier in the month. Then, they should be allowed to be armed to their teeth’s and walk to the offices of the governors.

However, we know that its not possible right now. Its because the state has made it like this. There is a need for radical changes, which is in the dreams of Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights Leaders. There is a need to listen to John Lewis and the late Elijah E. Cummings. Their words and lessons would be needed. To again go against the ills of society and to make a change. Since, the US is far from healed and is still divided.

If this is the supposed free world, then the world isn’t free. As it is only free for some, but not for all. That is warning and we’re living in 2020, but we’re having the same issues as generations before us. We should know better, the US law-enforcement should know better, but they don’t, because they are allowed to do so.

Enough bullshit for one day. We shouldn’t be here, but apparently we are. Peace.

A Quarantine Memo Part V: A New Normal

27th May 2020 Oslo

Well, we’re are here again. The world is still not back to standard settings and is work in progress. In some parts, that will never change, because we always need to aspire for greater and better things. Not only for ourselves, but for everyone else, also for the next generation to come. As we are leaving this world behind to them to pick up the pieces where we left off.

So, with that in mind. We are in these times seeing whose the leaders, whose the PR persons in-charge and who matters. Why do I say that? Well, the pandemic like the COVID-19 or the Coronavirus has uncovered the importances of several of functions of society. That has always been vital and had its place. However, now people are clapping for them, cheering them on and even praising their work. Before this, who would have been to pleasant to a shop-clerk? Who would have clapped for nurses and doctors? You would have avoided to do that, just like the plague. Ironically saying that.

We are now at a stage where there is configurations for a new normal. As there are no definite cure yet to the disease, which is still ravaging earth. There is still a steady stream of deaths occurring because of this. It is still spreading and not fully contained. Both because of lack of leadership, discipline and care. However, also because the lack of testing and tracing of it. This in the context of leaders whose reckless and whose self-centred to their position, instead of actually leading their respective nations.

That is why we’re at a stage, where the disease is still “on-the-loose”. There is still unanswered at what stage everywhere is. As there are so many uncertainties. Yes there are areas where there is getting no positive tests for a few weeks. However, this doesn’t change that their deaths worldwide and the curve is going down.

Still, we are risking a lot by re-opening a lot of places. When there been no en-mass testing. Neither been secured anti-body testing either. There are so many loose bottlenecks. That there is issues of what we are succeeding or not. It is true that many places the amount of cases is going down. However, behind the numbers are also the defaults, the ones who wasn’t tested and had symptoms early on and could spread it asymptomatic. That is why this is a grand issue and a disease that will linger on.

When the borders opens up and the travel will come back. Then there will be a surge, especially from places where the nations has been reluctant or haven’t tested on a grand scale. As there are possible a bigger spread than initially reported and the back-log will come at a later date. Just like the changes of numbers of COVID-19 deaths, as the way of announcing and testing of this haven’t always been as accurate. That is why these numbers has been revised and even more damaging than first reported.

Therefore, we are living in troubling times. Yes, this virus has shattered the global tourism industry, airline industry and closed ordinary life for a while. People are still in quarantine, are still Netflix and Home-Office. I am still on home-office, even as I know will travel to the office a few times a week, but not daily as before.

That’s why the new temporary new normal is coexisting now. As we awaits the trials, the tests and possible cure. There are few snakes-oil salesmen who tries to come with something, but these has not been proven. They are selling hope in a bottle and could just have sold a beer instead. The beer at least makes you happy a small moment. After that your giddy, but with a placebo your just getting hurt. When you figure it out doesn’t do it and hasn’t the effects to conquer this beast.

This is why we have to wait and live in this new normal. This semi-quarantined and home-based working life-style. Its fine for now, been months with this. Since Mid-March and we’re in the end of May.

2020 wasn’t as anticipated. No one foresaw this virus and its effects on life. We have lived through and have to carry on. There will be an aftermath, but what will happen with that is unknown. The leaders and representatives who didn’t act, who saw and didn’t follow the concerns early on. Should be questioned, the ones with intelligence and reports from China. They should be questioned and the late lockdowns needs inquiry into. However, expect that not to come from the ones in-charge, but opposition or outside forces pressuring it. Because, they will not take causalities or responsibility unless they get burned.

So, the rest of 2020 will be semi lockdown stage, will be COVID inspired and will have new regulations. Also, we just have to hope the 2nd wave won’t be a copy of the ones of the Spanish Flue in the early 1900s. Because, then were in for a devastating fall. A fall, that will make this spring and early summer look like a walk in the park. The sad thing about that, is that we have already to many deaths and people catching the disease in this wave. Because, we didn’t do enough collectively here on planet earth. Peace.