Plague Update: Can’t Handle The Truth

One of the best doctors in the country, not only for the health services he provides, but for his outreach regarding the climate crisis, is Dr. Joe Vipond. Here he is explaining the current health crisis and what can be done about it, while many others in his field shirk their responsibility to clearly communicate.

It wasn’t even 3 years ago that everyone made an effort to #FlattenTheCurve as our healthcare workers faced impossible odds to help everyone through a crisis like no other. Now, with Conservative governments sworn to avoid public health measures to satisfy their anti-masker bases, we’re amplifying an already bad situation and children are suffering because of it.

@trudykeil · “I can tell you why leaders aren’t saying the “A” (airborne) word.. capitalism and pressure from the far right. Conspiracy theorists were loud, obnoxious, and threatening and politicians weakly bent to their will. Now here we are in dystopia as kids get sick and few people care.”

@AndersonBooz · “Speaking the uncomfortable truth: politicians and other adults refuse to protect children because it is inconvenient to do so. They say sentimental things like “Kids are our future” but then their actions betray their self-interest.”

It shouldn’t be limited to only people reading my blog, or following the best people on Twitter, to know that science has answers to the current crisis.

@Sitarj · “Safety culture was one of the defining Canadian characteristics that I used to point to in contrast to Mexico and COVID absolutely murdered that. I’m looking at you @WorkSafeBC.”

@ProHealth4MyKid · “You summarized 3 years of complete failure & strategic misinformation in a few minute interview. Well said & well done.I’m so tired of living in this vile society that forces children to be repeatedly infected with viruses when the tools are in front of us.”

We don’t hear Conservative Premiers back down from their ultimatums against public health protections, even when kids’ lives are on the line. They can’t bear the taste of crow, not even to save kids? It’s hard to imagine more ideologically despicable human beings.

If they gave a damn, here’s what would happen:

They’d have a TV suppertime announcement with a public health leader explaining that COVID-19 is airborne, and infected people need to be isolated while the source of their infection is traced. They’d required people wear respirators in public indoor spaces, and start distributing them. They’d issue a cell phone alert advising people to wear respirators, and limit social contacts for a few weeks. They’d admit that COVID-19 is an ongoing pandemic emergency that is not over and pretending it is done has caused harm.

Possibly Close The Schools temporarily. Offer UBI or CERB to parents losing income to care for their children. Extend sick leave benefits.

We’ve done it before, we know it works to delay infections and give the healthcare workers time to catch up.

Hammer Fox News

Fox News would like its viewers to think that political assassination is an everyday occurrence, and the perps walk the next day.

Bad Driver or Hate Crime? RCMP says “impatient”

The RCMP put out a disgraceful press release following a vehicle attack on First Nation people rallying near a Residential School site.

Live Blogged: Progressive (re)Organizing In Sask

A long thread on Twitter of the Twitter Space hosted by Prairie Tara:

Hundreds tuned in, and dozens spoke.

I was too busy making notes like I used to for live events of interesting forums like this one was to add myself to the speakers list.

Had I, I would have probably said how in my life I’ve organized for the Saskatchewan Green Party, I’ve also run a campaign for a Sask Liberals candidate, and I don’t think electoral politics will work to fix the issues. I’ve been much less involved in it following my temporary death and subsequence failure of the Greens to make a breakthrough.

There is the possibility that a rebranded NDP with a weakened Saskatchewan Party, because of a right-wing challenger party, could change the calculus that leaves us presently subject to a terrible right-wing party. That party doesn’t really care who lives or dies, it only sees dollar signs.

Plague Update: Moe’s Dropping Numbers

Hmm. So Moe was against blockades when done by Indigenous people.

What Moe said about the origin of the convoy was a lie too. It was orgnaized by far right hate groups as an insurrection, and they sucked anti-waxxers in for extra goons and cover. Moe gives them cover.

Some of Moe’s numbers are actually going down.

Plague Update: Clearly Political

There’s a wind blowing in Canada, and it’s blowing away from public health measures that have kept most Canadians healthy and safe from the pandemic crisis primary driver, the SARS-CoV2 virus. Somewhere between 1010 Saskatchewanians and about 4000 have perished in the last 2 years from the virus, while more than a tenth of the population has directly experienced infection.

With the world not rising to the occasion, and failing to equitably produce and distribute vaccines to all people, variants have arisen and shaken the resolve of public officials and the public at large. I had several anti-waxxers on Saturday questioning me specifically about why I’d want a vaccine that wasn’t “100% effective”. They didn’t seem educated enough to have ever heard that perfect is the enemy of good.

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” — Confucius, [1]

So, we have Dr. Tam and others saying that we’ll have to pretend the crisis is over and accept routine crippling sickness spreading through our air(ports) and beyond.

“For better or for worse, this is what’s going to happen across the whole country,” said Dr. Alexander Wong, an infectious diseases physician at Regina General Hospital and associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan. 

“The question is, why are we in such a rush to do all of this? It’s clearly political.”

It sure as heck isn’t a very rational, or scientific approach to getting our lives back to an old normal where the biggest reason people would be uncomfortable about going to a restaurant was the tab at the end of the night, instead of the dread of life crippling/ending infection discovered days later. Then, watching that infection spread through your family and friends…

I see this as analogous to how we handle the climate crisis also, with politics, but not science informing those political decisions. Experts explain how masses of ice poised to swamp every global coastal city are on the knife’s edge, and municipal, provincial, and federal politicians still want to build more fossil fuel pipelines and highways. Just keep piling those straws onto our camel’s back, it’s worked so far.

Plague Update: Stupidity With Brain, Not Of Brain

I went to the protest of Scott Moe’s government at the Legislature today. Simultaneously down the blocked-off street there was a #FluTruxKlan protest by the anti-waxxers, and over by the lake a few people attending the skating rink for a Frost party.

I went up to the dwindling crowd about an hour after it started, and saw a guy in a Canadian-styled MAGA toque begin to debate with a pro-science protester. Two journalists from CBC Sask began to interview a couple from Saskatoon there to support the anti-waxxers. I went over to film along with CBC.

I think they had trouble explaining why this happened after the convoy arrived, but not prior to then.

After chatting, I wandered over to the other group remaining. A few objected to being on YouTube so I cut the filming. There was a couple of anti-waxxers, and 3 pro-science women, and another pro-science man there discussing the world.

After a discussion of maybe 20 minutes, the old woman asked one of the pro-science protesters to remove their mask to talk, supposedly because she couldn’t hear from less than 2m away, so I interjected that we’d feel more safe if the old woman was wearing a mask also. That set her and her husband off, and he started to mock the vaccines’ efficacy, and make up stats that we all supposedly believed about it.

Meanwhile in Vancouver this happened, while Toronto Police shut down an attempted blockade there.

Plague Update: #FluTruxKlan rally loses $9M from GoFundMe, and sued for $10M more

GoFundMe has frozen further donations from going to the convoy organizers. This was at the request of the Mayor of Ottawa, among other authorities becoming desperate to end the blockade peacefully.

GoFundMe announces freeze of the fascists’ funding:

GoFundMe supports peaceful protests and we believe that was the intention of the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser when it was first created.

Suuuure GoFundMe, their intentions started out “peaceful”, while being organized by Pat King of Alberta. who said in previous videos a lot of homophobic and white supremacist things, and that they’d solve their problems with bullets. That’s why the good folks on both sides showed up with their racist flags in the first place too. King thinks the flags were flown as a false flag to sully his spotless reputation… as a bigoted violent racist.

Justin_Ling :

“James Bauder, the founder of Canada Unity and the architect of the “trucker” convoy to Ottawa, has said Trudeau “needs too[sic] be arrested and charged for treason, and for participating in committing crimes against humanity.”

The media has some people doing a good job of reporting on this, but this insurrection attempt is being downplayed in lots of places too as a protest against vaccine mandates, instead of a vast, far-right wing attack on the Prime Minister and legitimate government of Canada.

Meanwhile, Moe and his CPC buddies are rolling out the red carpet for the protesters who manage to limp home with their own funds.

CBC neglects to point out in their headline that Moe’s claim is disinformation. His threat to remove public health protections is real, however.
That’s why all the American flags, the Confederate flag, Trump flags, etc.

And then, some GoFundMe collateral damage happened. Caryma is a legitimate journalist, and GoFundMe just screwed her out of $7000. They’ll have yet one more thing to answer for to Parliament.

What is it about Conservative MPs and Senators that draws them to rallies with fascist flags being flown? Hmm, if only we could know what they’re thinking.