Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Politics

Viruses Suck For Everyone

Social media is beset with whiners and crazy people.  I live in Illinois, where Gov. Pritzker has done an excellent job of keeping Illinoisans alive, in spite of their objections and stupidity.  Now that he has unveiled the stages of opening up the state, people are acting like he has murdered their children.

Ya’ll know he didn’t make the virus, right?  He’s just listening to the experts and following the model of damn near every other country trying to fight the virus.

None of this should need to be said, but as the stupidity of the general populace continues to surprise and overwhelm me, I’ll say it anyway:

  • Pritzker isn’t in charge of the virus.  He didn’t make it.  He isn’t “keeping you home” he is asking you to stay home.  He isn’t “forcing you to wear a face mask” he is asking you to wear one.  When someone asks you to do something while saying repeatedly that they are not going to mandate police crack down on it, then where is the force?  Ya’ll aren’t listening and why do you have to act like you are oppressed here?  Literally, he is asking you to try to not fucking murder your friends and neighbors.  And you hate him for making a request?  A REQUEST?!? You aren’t showing your patriotism here by refusing, you are showing your complete disregard for others and your inability to listen and understand words.
  • This all sucks for everyone for the most part.  It sucks for everyone in different ways, but it still sucks for everyone.  You aren’t special or alone in this sucking.
  • None of this is about you.  Other than having to be a considerate member of society, none of these guidelines target anyone specifically.  They target the virus.  The virus that is killing people, including health care workers.
  • Your religious freedom isn’t being infringed upon because you aren’t allowed to go into a packed church and breathe in and out all of the germs therein.  You know they are doing online services now?  You can attend church online and not MURDER the other people there.  While there is a lot of misinformation out there, like some places say that social distancing should be 20 feet not 6, almost all of the information supports large groups equal large amount of people infected.  I’m honestly surprised at how many people hate their church families so much they want them all to die this way.  Even Southern Illinois’ very own Teri Bryant thinks that this infringes on her freedom.  I had no idea she was so stupid and so partisan or that she wanted her constituents dead, but here we are in the worst timeline where everyone is relentlessly evil for no fucking reason.
  • Making this political is getting people killed.  Every person that whines about masks or not being able to be a barfly or social distancing or what the fuck ever seem to be doing so from a weirdly political stance.  Covid kills Democrats, Republicans, non voters, and everyone else in the same way.  Did you know that it is even killing people who aren’t Americans and have NOTHING to do with our politics?  This is beyond stupidity.  At this point, all of these fools are making the stay at home order longer, so I completely blame them.
  • Compliance in public health isn’t an issue of freedom it is an issue of a functioning society.  Your individual needs are not more important than someone’s life, even if that person has different politics from you.  That’s why murder is illegal.  The people making this political are literally getting people killed.  Yeah, Teri Bryant, that includes you, you stupid little fool.
  • You hate Pritkzer and how he wants to keep his constituents alive so you are going to move.  FUCKING MOVE ALREADY.  I hear you all talking about moving, but instead you sit here and bitch and do nothing productive.  Either move already or shut the fuck up.  The more of you people that move the better.  Missouri is open, go there.  I hear Iowa is open, too.  Bye.
  • Lots of other countries wear face masks during outbreaks of various things.  It isn’t a big deal.  I’m asthmatic, I get anxiety attacks, and I hate confined spaces, but I figure drowning in my own lungs is worse, so I’ll just suck it up and wear one.  Also, if I am some asymptomatic carrier, I would be completely and totally devastated if I unwittingly gave this to someone else, especially if that resulted in their death and wearing a mask helps prevent this.  Also, there are actually a lot of really cute masks out there.  This doesn’t have to be awful – you are just making it that way.  You are supposed to make lemonade with lemons, not squirt them into your own eyes.
  • Normal doesn’t exist anymore so stop talking about “getting back” to normal.  Any semblance of “normal” is going to be 2021 or later, if then.  We have discovered through this that companies can work remotely, children can learn remotely, and that our supply chain is more vulnerable than previously imagined.  Remember all of the rules, regulations, and crap that went into effect after 9/11?  Patriot act, anyone?  Only 3000 people died in the attacks on the twin towers.  We are losing that number of people EVERY DAY.  And rising. If you don’t think that alone will prompt some new legislation, new normals,  and new ways of looking at and doing things, you are not paying attention.
  • Fuck the economy.  If we are to believe that capitalism works, then LET THE BIG CORPORATIONS FAIL.  If we lose some big corporations that might suck for a while, but people will fill that void.  That is how capitalism is supposed to work.  The CDC mentioned masks one day, and my entire FB feed was full of different ones to buy or order that same week.  If we’d just stop pouring all of this money into businesses that clearly can’t sustain a workable model. then we’d see a lot more individuals and small businesses coming up in the wreckage.  Instead, due to Trump and the GOP we have corporate welfare, where companies take millions/billions/trillions from taxpayers without giving anything back in return.  For all of you people out there so upset about “the economy” try to realize that for some of us, losing a family member or friend to a virus is going to have a higher priority than some corporate behemoth tanking because they don’t know how to run a business.  When you talk about the economy while 3k Americans die every day, you don’t just sound evil, you sound completely morally unhinged and beyond sociopathic.  And not to keep beating the 9/11 horse, but we were in a recession after that for YEARS.  We are having 9/11 deaths daily – do you really think that we will have a better economy than post 9/11 if people keep dying in record numbers?  We won’t.  I mean, beyond the undertakers.
  • The GOP and these big corporations have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that they don’t care about you.  They are willing to kill you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and anyone else that gets in the way of their profit margin.  They aren’t the ones who will be working when the economy opens back up, you will be, and if you die they won’t be sad, they will just replace you.  Because they don’t care if you live or die.  You are a cog in their machine, nothing more.

There is no way around this sucking.  It sucks.  People are dying, losing jobs, losing businesses, losing their minds, etc.  It is going to be a while before you can do whatever you want to do, and I feel you, it sucks.  But it is a far sight better than the alternatives.

But keep in mind it is because of a virus, not because Pritzker is being mean to you.

Posted in Anxiety, Books, Depression, Politics

Covid and the Internet

One of the things I’ve noticed lately is an uptick of people being completely irrational online.  For example, a gif of a man walking into a cave that gets brighter was posted.  Before I google, I decide to see if a helpful soul has already explained this (light refraction) and then I thank the kind soul who already did this work for me and put a little smiley face.

She responds that I can take my sarcasm and shove it.

What?  I cannot tell you how unsnarky my comment was – I was genuinely trying to show appreciation.

People talking politics are always going to be hostile towards one another, but it has reached new levels of insanity.  I’ve tried to steer away from political discourse (not terribly successfully) and focus on the groups online that are more about cats, and funny pictures, and other things.  Because I need the distraction from worrying about if any of my family members are going to die from this.

I get that the world is basically going through the phases of grief.  I’ve tried to be respectful of it even, but I’m part of the world, too.  I get to have my own grief.

One of the things I envy about other countries is their sense of being in it together when it comes to this.  We’ve been told to wear masks to protect others, but every person in a mask gets harassed.  Why?  Other countries take public health much more seriously.  Some of them have to simply because of population density.  The US is so busy shouting FREEDOM and licking toilets that any concept of us all being in this together doesn’t exist.

There are actually people living in Southern Illinois who feel that since Covid only gets the fat and unhealthy (someone actually sad this, as if thinness somehow prevents viral infections) so they can go out as much as they want.  The fact that they are carriers doesn’t matter to them because they themselves won’t die of it.  They just don’t care if they are killing you or your family members because if they can’t get sick, who cares if anyone dies?

Related, they are all either nonvoters or Trump supporters, go figure.  And if it weren’t for the fact that they are killing other people, I’d say more power to them.  Stick your head in the sand and hopefully the virus will weed out the problem.  Except viruses don’t work that way.  Viruses don’t care about your politics, at all.

There are people who poo-poo’ed me for canceling an event on March 28th who are now crying all over Facebook about how scary the whole pandemic is.  That only happened after they were designated an “essential worker” by their company but before that designation the virus was no big deal and we should just “keep an eye on it” as if you can watch a virus that is asymptomatic for up to 14 days.  As if you can keep watch on any kind of fucking virus.  Needless to say, my pity for this person who attacked the shit out of me and is now crying in fear is nonexistent.

If you only care about a problem when it affects you directly, then I have no sympathy for you.  You don’t have any for others so you don’t get any from me.

Most of this me just rambling my frustrations.  I’ve worked from home for over a decade, so the staying in thing isn’t as difficult for me as it is for others.  The internet is my way of trying to stay in touch with humanity, but over the past two weeks, the internet hasn’t been full of people acting like we are in this together, it has been more people just being pissed and therefore in attack mode.

It’s not helpful.

I think in times where we are stressed or hurting we seek an active connection to others, but right now, I think I will find that connection in books.  People are straight trash right now and I just need a break from the constant barrage of negativity.

Posted in Politics

More Like a Blue Puddle

Post election day, everyone is telling me that the blue wave happened, the House of Representatives will save us all from tyranny, and many other things.  I’m glad Rauner is no longer going to be governor of Illinois as he was a nightmare person, and I’m glad that the house flipped, but I’m still disappointed.

I’m disappointed that of all of the registered voters who actually voted that Bost had 17,024 more people than Kelly. Yes, I get that normally he runs unopposed because in the past the Dems figured this area was just a loss (thanks for that, btw, there may be a reason people in Southern IL don’t vote blue when they are told they don’t even matter) and the fact that Bost had to have Trump come to this region to have two rallies – one in Granite City and one at the Carbondale airport – in order to bolster his flagging numbers, but still.

17,024 more people in this area are ok with children being put into camps.  They are ok with tax cuts for billionaires that will end up losing them their Social Security if Bost has his way.  They are fine with a man who doesn’t think about their needs as constituents and is too cowardly to even meet with them.  Bost has been a coward about town halls ever since he voted to gut the ACA repeatedly, because he knows that people will be upset.  He just doesn’t give a shit because he got his.

Bost doesn’t give a damn about anything other than retaining power and his party.  If his constituents die because of lack of healthcare, he is fine with it and 17,024 more people in this area voted that they are ok with it, too.

A vote for the Republican party in this day and age is a vote saying that you not only are fine with Trump being president, with him saying he is a nationalist (this means white supremacist), fine with him demonizing his political opponents to the extent that his whackadoo followers have sent bombs and death threats to his political opponents, and fine with him trying to rob any marginalized group of their protections.  When voting for Bost, they vote that all of this is ok.  Most of them seem to think it is preferable.  The underlying racism of Republicans has been breathtaking and heartbreaking to see exposed.  We always knew, but it’s never been so blatant.  They literally don’t care about anyone seeking asylum except to spit on them.  You know, unless those asylum seekers are white.

Being in an area where the white supremacists greatly outnumber those who believe in civil rights is jarring.  It’s more than a little bit upsetting.  Before Trump came to the area, during the planning of a protest against him, the Bost voters and Trump supporters threatened the protesters on their facebook event page with violence, they posted graphically violent imagery and said they would do this to the protesters, they crowed about “snowflakes” and basically were just psychos in general.

I’ve never seen such sore “winners” as the GOP followers of today, and there are 17,024 more of them voting than there are of people like me who are disgusted with the blatant threats and lies and general insanity that is today’s GOP.

Furthermore, finding out the House has been flipped to Democratic control isn’t the win we want it to be when Pelosi is announcing how she will be “reaching across the aisle” for bipartisanship.  Are you fucking kidding me????  The GOP has obstructed every single thing the Dems have tried for over a decade now, but keep kicking Lucy’s football, Pelosi, I’m sure THIS time she won’t yank it out from underneath you.  I mean, after all, Chuck Schumer got all of those great things he wanted when he approved of the conservative judges the GOP wanted – he wanted nothing but scorn, right?  It’s like these moderates enjoy being screwed and it’s damning the rest of us, too.

What this Blue Wave/puddle has proven is that the Democratic party needs to stop acting “moderate” because those that won didn’t win by catering to the conservative crowd, they won by appealing to the far left.  They didn’t win by appealing to moderate Americans, or by being Republican-lite.  They won on campaigns being extremely liberal and they won by huge margins because of it.  The Democrats in power need to stop doing the same things they’ve always done because those things no longer work.  I don’t want bipartisanship, I want the Republicans to stop screwing everyone over while denying climate change, something bipartisanship isn’t going to get done.

So while I understand that there was some good coming out of the election, and I’m so thrilled that women of color and women in general are going to be in the House in droves, I’m still not in the mood to celebrate.  Not until they show that they will obstruct Trump’s agenda of hate as strongly and as viciously as the Republicans – who put a known sexual predator and drunk on the Supreme Court – did to Obama.  Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct and fight, fight, fight is what we need, not some namby-pamby bipartisanship where we get fucked over once again.

You know why Ocasio-Cortez is so beloved?  Because she campaigned for what the people want.  She certainly came into her campaign swinging against the garbage party that is the GOP these days, and she brings hope to many.  I only hope she runs for presidential office sometime soon, because she embodies what the Democrats need to be in order to stop Trump from turning us into a fascist state.