A Series of Small Awakenings Adds Up To …..What?

A significant number of the American population is over their reaction and concern about the VIRUS. Traffic is up, people are going outside, there is chafing at the restrictions and conversation has turned to examine the necessity of the Government edicts coming from various Governors.

It is easy to bemoan the extreme idiots who are huddling inside, willing to embrace freedom restrictions because they have fear, fear of the illness and fear of not being a socially responsible person. It is easy to bemoan by pointing to these folks and extrapolating that they constitute a majority of active voters.

A number of the Q folk and others have been alluding to “The Great Awakening” for years now, that day when a large number of citizens realize they are two steps away from being the crowd in Soylent Green.

I see it a touch differently.

In the last three months and the next few months assuming Barr and Durham are serious there will be some events and information which will be hard for spinmeisters in the media to cover up. My list is as follows:

-The Media is unqualified to represent the citizens in general. The virus was a distillation of insane behavior against the backdrop of life or death. People are not stupid. Many masks came off all the way once the citizens had day to day skin in the information flow.

-Global and National organizations whose names inspired the assumption of competency combined with good motives have proven to be shills at best and unqualified salarymen at least. The WHO, the CDC, the NIH and many more have shown themselves to be placeholders in the face of what may have been a practice run at a pandemic.

-Governors and Mayors, especially of Blues States have proven to be vain fools drunk on power. Banning fishing to avoid social spreading, pretending all other disease and ailments could wait until the VIRUS was handled and shutting down the healthcare system, spiteful closures and seemingly random and unexplainable definitions of ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ activities coupled with decalrations of overbearing power in their domain will not sit well with the folks. People can see this with their own eyes and feel the pain in their day to day lives.

-As evidence trickles out, the FBI, the CIA and the DOJ are looking more and more like political mob enforcers, dropping all pretense of following the law and using it to their own ends. Some local police are becoming not enforcers of law but enforcers of governors extra legal whims.

If you want to persuade someone, you make them feel significant and certain. If you want to really piss someone off you take away their significance and remove certainty.

Pessimists look at our nation and see the Karens , the nags and the fearful and assume they are a majority.

Optimists look at the small awakenings hitting in a short time period and feel that the pissed off “non essential”s and their families will constitute a significant majority.

When times are good enough, people vote but many do not.

When people are afraid, more vote.

When people are pissed off , more vote

Are you a pessimist or an optimist?

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Author: TKC 1101

Unintentional Man of Mystery. - Curmudgeon, Reserve Status - Heinlien American - Business Advice and Salvage - Proud Grandfather-

18 thoughts on “A Series of Small Awakenings Adds Up To …..What?”

  1. If it were only true and not a movie. I don’t remember seeing the whole movie, just part of it on TV.

    I just read the plot on Wikipedia.  Let’s hope, TKC, that the actor’s end is not yours for this Prophecy.

    Confidentially, I like your views!

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  2. I would like to be an optimist, but still….  Over the last six weeks we have seen callous abridgement of civil rights which have not been seriously questioned over the lives of most of the population: the right to walk freely outside their houses, the right to travel on public thoroughfares wherever they wish, the right to peaceably assemble, and many others.  We have seen some push-back against this, but not much.  We have also seen spontaneous appearance of Corona-Stasi snooping on and informing upon neighbours and cheering on the imposition of authority by drones busting people walking in the great outdoors and providing “non-essential” services.

    What worries me is that the politicians who always have a finger in the wind as to how far the population can be pushed to comply with previously-thought absurd constraints on their liberty are observing this and slowly and surely drawing their plans against us.

    Looking to Canada, I’m sure there are some already thinking massive coerced disarmament of the population might be possible “if it saves one life”.

    These guys and gals need to be reminded that “sovereign immunity” has its limits.

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  3. -Global and National organizations whose names inspired the assumption of competency combined with good motives have proven to be shills at best and unqualified salarymen at least. The WHO, the CDC, the NIH and many more have shown themselves to be placeholders in the face of what may have been a practice run at a pandemic

    I’ll say.

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  4. John Walker:
    I would like to be an optimist, but still….  Over the last six weeks we have seen callous abridgement of civil rights which have not been seriously questioned over the lives of most of the population: the right to walk freely outside their houses, the right to travel on public thoroughfares wherever they wish, the right to peaceably assemble, and many others.  We have seen some push-back against this, but not much.  We have also seen spontaneous appearance of Corona-Stasi snooping on and informing upon neighbours and cheering on the imposition of authority by drones busting people walking in the great outdoors and providing “non-essential” services.

    What worries me is that the politicians who always have a finger in the wind as to how far the population can be pushed to comply with previously-thought absurd constraints on their liberty are observing this and slowly and surely drawing their plans against us.

    Looking to Canada, I’m sure there are some already thinking massive coerced disarmament of the population might be possible “if it saves one life”.

    These guys and gals need to be reminded that “sovereign immunity” has its limits.

    I’m worried about this, too, but maybe what happened to us, stunned into docility by an unfamiliar fear, will instead prove to sensitize us to this kinda thing.  Like an allergen, right, the first time you encounter it you tolerate it, but the next time, the body rejects it violently .  I hope so.  I think I still have a bumper sticker or two: “Never Again!”

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  5. RB49:
    I’ve been considering doing myself up a sign to put in my window.

    DEFY TYRANNY

    BREAK THE LOCKDOWN

    All we can do right now, though, is walk up to people barefaced.  We can’t buy anything in any store in my state without wearing a mask.  We can’t go to a restaurant or bar, unless they  decide to open in defiance of the lockdown.
    It happened so precipitously: no parties bigger than 50–then,  the  very next day, it was 10.  Then: none.  We were like those frogs being boiled alive.
    Here I sit in my beautiful house, open to the May evening, the warm interior lights against the pearly ivory and grey of the skies the sun has just departed…dreaming about my first post-isolation gathering of eight-to-ten people…no more than 3 couples,since we are a family of 3…just to see them standing drinks in hand, settling into chairs to talk more intensely..this room was made for it!  Set me free!

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  6. I will probably be hosting my retirement party later this month in my back yard, if the weather is nice.  My friends and coworkers will not wear masks or sit 6 feet apart.  I hope to have a big group, talking, laughing, and eating and drinking.  Right now, it’s raining.

    Our trip to Costco a while ago was just depressing.  Minders everywhere telling you to stay 6 feet apart, and the PA system blaring the same thing.  Meat department depleted, and the bakery had a limited assortment, way less than they usually have.

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  7. Try buying a bullet – not a cartridge, just one bullet – in California.  “Los Angeles County, California, has reduced the jail population by over 5,000 people.”  I’d hate to defend my family with 12 ga. one-ounce lead slugs exiting the Mossberg’s muzzle at 1560 ft/sec and 2361 ft-lbs of energy.  Lead in the environment and the sticky red splatter make all the little single-parent babies cry.  I demand leadless .357 Lehigh Defense/Underhill Ammo sold copper Xtreme Hunter.  Later, bullet and casing are 100% recyclable.  Add a primer and powder and do it again.

    I CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT!  May North Korea’s first nuclear hit shatter Sacramento.

    [caption id="attachment_38116" align="alignnone" width="545"]education Fluid dynamics has replaced hollow points[/caption]

    Support evolution, shoot back; don’t pollute.  Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot shoot a tight group cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw.

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  8. Uncle Al:
    I’d hate to defend my family with 12 ga. one-ounce lead slugs exiting the Mossberg’s muzzle at 1560 ft/sec and 2361 ft-lbs of energy

    Are you saying I wasted my time when I made the 14 hour round trip journey to get my 12 gauge and 75 rounds?   I am feeling pretty safe.

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  9. I’d like to be optimistic about the Great Awakening. There certainly are some hopeful signs: protests here and there, even in my area. There are equally troubling signs of the Karens coming out and feeling empowered by the tyrants in office.

    It’s all complicated by OrangeManBad. The political class, the corporate media, and the academy reflexively oppose anything Trump favors. Even Trump has been rather weak-kneed in all this. But that may not matter because (in the US anyhow) politicians at lower levels get to make the decisions that affect citizens’ liberties.

    From what I see, most governors and local officials are inclined to prolong the lockdown as long as possible, even in red states (with a few notable exceptions). Republican governors still outnumber Democrats and some red states have Democrats for governors. I’m not sure if it’s fear or the will to power. It doesn’t matter much which it is.

    The problem is systemic at a deeper level than political party. For the most part, the people who govern have contempt the governed. That is the most parsimonious explanation for their behavior. The WuFlu came as a godsend to these people. Their various attempted coups failed: Russia, Ukraine, spygate,… I can’t remember them all. Punishment for these treasonous acts? None, nada, zilch, bupkis. One to four years on, depending on which one of the many coup attempts one has in mind, nothing has happened. That’s right, the Steele dossier was four years ago. Time flies, eh?

    Given the history, it’s not clear we can vote our way out of this. I mean, we voted in 2016 and it merely resulted in subversion and treachery. On November 9, 2016, did anyone imagine the governors of most states would be ruling by decree and the president would allow it? Where’s the vaunted DoJ, under the stunning and brave Bill Barr, filing for restraining orders?

    When people are afraid or angry, they vote, but which way? The Karens, afraid of the WuFlu and angry at the skeptics, vote for more tyranny. Like the scorpion, it’s in their nature. By the way, we are the frog in that fable. Then there’s the fraidy cats: hiding under their beds, afraid of the unknown. The people of this country are not on their beaches. Can you imagine them storming the beaches at Normandy? Granted, there was this guy.

    I’d like to be optimistic, really. There are a few hopeful signs. The decline has been so precipitous that it’s hard to see the bright side.

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  10. JTOmland:

    Uncle Al:
    I’d hate to defend my family with 12 ga. one-ounce lead slugs exiting the Mossberg’s muzzle at 1560 ft/sec and 2361 ft-lbs of energy

    Are you saying I wasted my time when I made the 14 hour round trip journey to get my 12 gauge and 75 rounds?   I am feeling pretty safe.

    Everybody: learn to re-load shells!

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  11. drlorentz:
    I’d like to be optimistic, really. There are a few hopeful signs. The decline has been so precipitous that it’s hard to see the bright side.

    Doc- like I said it comes down to which group is larger  The afraid Karen’s or the Pissed off non essential folks. I bet on the latter. Pissed off trumps scared.

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  12. TKC 1101:

    drlorentz:
    I’d like to be optimistic, really. There are a few hopeful signs. The decline has been so precipitous that it’s hard to see the bright side.

    Doc- like I said it comes down to which group is larger  The afraid Karen’s or the Pissed off non essential folks. I bet on the latter. Pissed off trumps scared.

    It’s not just about larger or smaller. Boldness and enthusiasm count too. Getting governors to lift the restrictions is only part of the story. People are scared to send their kids back to school even if they reopen:

    Americans strongly doubt the schools in their area will reopen before the end of the current school year, and even if they did, half of those with school-age kids say they probably wouldn’t let them go back.

    Just because businesses are open, that doesn’t mean people will go:

    A poll by YouGov on behalf of The Economist finds that over a third of Americans think it will be “several months” before it will be safe to reopen businesses as normal—which suggests that if businesses do reopen some, at least, may stay away.

    I know, it’s an Ecommunist poll. But still.

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  13. drlorentz:

    TKC 1101:

    drlorentz:
    I’d like to be optimistic, really. There are a few hopeful signs. The decline has been so precipitous that it’s hard to see the bright side.

    Doc- like I said it comes down to which group is larger  The afraid Karen’s or the Pissed off non essential folks. I bet on the latter. Pissed off trumps scared.

    It’s not just about larger or smaller. Boldness and enthusiasm count too. Getting governors to lift the restrictions is only part of the story. People are scared to send their kids back to school even if they reopen:

    Americans strongly doubt the schools in their area will reopen before the end of the current school year, and even if they did, half of those with school-age kids say they probably wouldn’t let them go back.

    Just because businesses are open, that doesn’t mean people will go:

    A poll by YouGov on behalf of The Economist finds that over a third of Americans think it will be “several months” before it will be safe to reopen businesses as normal—which suggests that if businesses do reopen some, at least, may stay away.

    I know, it’s an Ecommunist poll. But still.

    Given the lines of people to get into salons and restaurants in the places that are reopening and the continued crowds in grocery stores, I’m highly skeptical of these polls. The Economist has been consistently wrong about the US for over a decade because their reporters don’t leave a 12 block bubble in NYC.

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  14. drlorentz:
    Just because businesses are open, that doesn’t mean people will go…

    That’s the real question, and I don’t think anybody knows at this point how much people’s perceptions have changed, how that will affect behaviour, and how long-term the effects will be.

    At the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) virtual stockholders’ meeting on 2020-05-02 (full livestream on YouTube) Warren Buffet announced that the company had sold all of its holdings in U.S. airlines, amounting to around 10% each of American, Delta, Southwest, and United, a total of around US$ 4 billion.  He said that if BRK were to continue to hold airline shares, “it would be a tough decision to decide whether to sustain billions of dollars in operating losses when you don’t know how long it’s going to happen or occur.”  He added, “The world has changed for the airlines, and I don’t know how it’s changed, and I hope it corrects itself in a reasonably prompt way.  I don’t know whether the Americans will have now changed their habits or will change their habits because of an extended period if it happens that we’re semi shut down in the economy.”

    Airline stocks sold off at the open today on the news.

    I think Buffett is is absolutely right on this.  Check out this video on “measures” airlines might implement to “restore confidence” among customers.

    Imagine if, on top of the whole security theatre imposed on travellers after September 2001, we are to add a new level of health theatre (since, as the video explains, implementing the recommended physical distancing within airline cabins would make every airline financially nonviable, and raising fares to compensate would shrink the market to such an extent they’d all go bust anyway) is added, all ineffective (because none of the measures envisioned protect against the most common means of transmission: from an asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic carrier [and recall that it appears that a large majority of carriers are asymptomatic)].  If and when this charade is put into effect, further compounding the torture which is air travel, and it becomes apparent that, despite the theatrics, passing through an airport and boarding a shrieking aluminium death tube is rolling the dice to be COVID pozzed, the airline industry may fall into a crater no amount of funny money “bailouts” can fill.

    I don’t know if this is the kind of scenario Buffet is envisioning, but I agree with him that those who have the option of selling out of these companies now should take it.

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  15. The Sinistral Bassist:
    Given the lines of people to get into salons and restaurants in the places that are reopening and the continued crowds in grocery stores, I’m highly skeptical of these polls. The Economist has been consistently wrong about the US for over a decade because their reporters don’t leave a 12 block bubble in NYC.

    I take your point but…

    The lines at these businesses is a transient effect of pent-up demand. It is not indicative of sustained demand. After a quick spurt, these businesses may experience lower traffic. A 20% or 30% loss of revenue would be devastating for lots of these folks.

    Regarding the poll, keep in mind the Ecommunist commissioned the poll but it was conducted by YouGov. They’re reputable. Ecommunist reporters had little to do with it.

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