Alligator Ed
Funny title you may think, as many are involuntarily or voluntarily locked into their homes.  But here is the meaning intended:  The US of A and the rest of the world as we know it will never be the same.  Almost over night, things have changed drastically.

A recent essay by yours truly attempted to succinctly describe the fallout of Wu Flu on the medical system.  This task could not be completed with any sort of brevity and still do the topic justice.  Instead of reporting in minute detail, as my formerly obsessive-compulsive self would attempt to do, now, as a certified Alligator, I am more laid back.

So in more of a bullet style, a number of ideas will be discussed in manner which I hope encourages conversation.  Often, overwhelming essays have the opposite effect of inadvertently suppressing expression of opinion.  Please comment and discuss the things mentioned here.  My musings are in no way encyclopedic.  New thoughts on this virally induced revolution(s) occur to me daily, or even hourly.

1.  Globalization:  suspended now.  Won't ever be the same.  The US cannot afford to outsource the means of production.  No clearer example can be adduced than Chinese production of pharmaceutical components and finished drugs.  This is already producing massive industrial pull-back both due to governmental regulations and laws but also because neoliberal corporations know they will not be allowed to continue their evil ways.

2.  Immigration:  I shed no tears for the now terminally ill New Path Forward which intended to obliterate all immigration controls.  Tell me who but the greatest fools are still going to push for this?  Sadly, there are still shrill voices of idiocy pandering to illegal aliens and the DNC about letting the illegals flock into our country,. carrying with them the wide assortment of diseases accompanying them.

3.  M4A:  this will be the prime benefit in the near term (next several election cycles).  The vast majority of citizens have insufficient resources to meet monetary needs in order to obtain life-saving health care--not merely "access".  Access only guarantees a person a place in the health care queue.  By the time a person gets to the head of the queue, he/she might be dead.  They will certainly be sicker.  Too many fiscal conservatives are going to experience first-hand what it means to be without health care when they need it most.

4.  Political process:  this is trickier to predict.  One immediate effect will be to end caucuses as a means of selecting nominees.  The DNC-establishment is blatantly reactionary and uncaring about the ants which they utilize for votes and immediately thereafter disregard.  Folks, to them, we are ants.  No cares if one or a thousand get stepped upon while the rich do what rich people do, besides squash the lives of the less wealthy.

5.  Truth in reporting:  The MSM is clearly revealed to be the soulless machine which it is, caring only for profit--even as they lie about almost everything.  The news profession is now being held in as much esteem as used car salespeople.  Everybody knows they lie.  The NYT, CNN, etc. will have to clean up their act soon if they are to survive.  Even the dumbest CNN viewer is starting to realize they are being fed piles of crap with every broadcast.

6.  Removal of internet censoring:  the social media giants will be placed under strict scrutiny by the government when attempting to suppress news or promote certain deceptive stories.  YouTube and Google are now showing early signs of lessening, but not eliminating, shadow banning, outright cancellation, and removal of viewpoints contrary to the wishes of the Masters.  If these electron giants do not curb their free speech suppression, look for them to be declared to be util;cities and thus regulated as such.

7.  Political correctness:  a mortal blow.  Who will dare to talk about "my preferred pronouns" or gender identification (to any of the 57 genders pandering Dems claim exist)?  Those days thankfully are over.  Talk about pronouns all you self-righteous virtue signalers.  See what good that does you when your grocery store has no more food for your precious identarian selves.

8.  Gun confiscation:  dead.  Or should I say DEAD?  Look at all the urban lefties buying guns for self-protection.  How about that?  Don't do as I do, do as I say?  Nope.  Not any more.  Sure, there will always be anti-gun fanatics but the mood in the country will publicly shift once the majority of anti 2 A activists realize that gun ownership might actually save lives.  I don't have a gun.  Never did but I begrudge no one of sound mind the ability to own one.

9.  Factionalism and divided society:  Strangely enough, the country is pulling together.  Who even 2 months ago would believe the following cast of characters would be praising Commander Cheeto:  Ilhan Omar, Gavin Newsome, Andrew Cuomo, Joe Scarborough, etc.  Political differences will always persist but hopefully the rancor associated with those differences is mellowed by the realization that we're all in this together.  Only vicious ignorant morons like Nervous Nancy and Chuckles Schumer will continue to promote divisiveness at every opportunity.  Rat bastards like them are a large part of the reason for the widening incivility rife in our society.  But now, we are mostly all pulling together for the common good, except for the elitists of all factions.

Certainly, there are factors which I forget but I encourage all of us to consider what deep, structural changes are in store, owing to the Wu Flu.

P.S.  Populism is now the ascendant political movement.  Neoliberalism is going the way of the dodo.  And the Demonratic party will go the same way--extinct by 2024.  Long live the Whigs!

















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Fire With Fire
I'm not so sure that democracy will survive the Asteroid Virus.  It exists now mainly in form and none of the most significant rules we live by are subject to any public debate already.  We will need to fight to keep even the forms of democracy if and when we are allowed to assemble in public again.

Enough gloom and doom, however.  While I believe that we will have no choice but to engage in mass civil disobedience, I do not think that we have to lose the fight.  And I site the end of the Soviet Union as an example of how an empire can dissolve itself without a civil war.  To be sure it has been a tough go for the Russian people since the Soviet Union ceased to exist.  But their society is still intact three decades later.

Leaving the political struggles to come aside, I appreciate the OP's purpose.  I want to add one item to the list of changes this will force.  The work from home regime will replace the atavistic social construct known as The Office.  It has been obsolete for at least a decade and its waste of money on extremely expensive real estate is an example of one of the contradictions within neoliberalism.  Costs must always be cut no matter what -- except for the cost of items that serve the comfort and convenience of top executives.  And the modern office, which is easily and often satirized. survives mainly to protect the egos of bosses.  They have to SEE their employees working.  The have to SEE their employees deferring to the majesty of Corporate Executive Greatness.

This immediate devolution to Work From Home will demonstrate the absurdity of paying umpty dump dollars per square foot of office space while simultaneously contributing to traffic jams and burning of ridiculous amounts of gasoline for no purpose other than executive vanity.

This in turn will make the sky scraper obsolete.  That will make the building of family dwellings a more attractive investment.  And I shed no tears for the investors in office buildings who will be the proud owners of the Biggest White Elephants in history.

The future does not have to be all bad.
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Alligator Ed
Almost all the business meetings I have attended have been colossal wastes of time.  If given a multiple choice test regarding what they've just heard, pontificated from on high by The Boss, no doubt most attendees, some of whom have fallen asleep in an upright position, would fail.

Au contraire, monsieur, there are benefits to scientific meetings.  Cross-fertilization of ideas in my experience is enhanced by face to ace contact with others possessing the same academic or scientific interests.

As for skyscrapers, if I were a Freudian, which I ain't, then skyscrapers MUST be regarded as giant phallic symbols, proclaiming the virility of the developer as well as his/her expectations of rich financial rewards coming from inhabitants of aforesaid skyscraper.  So to you, my flaming correspondent friend, answer me this please:

If skyscrapers be phallic symbols, how does one circumcize said objects of wonder and glory?
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davidgmills
Welcome Geezer Gator.  (GG for short -- my cat is Gigi so this should be easy to remember). 

I have been out of pocket moving from TN to IA.  Back in TN where I will now try to sell a nearly vacant house (in a residential lockdowned locale) that seemed like a no brainer three months ago, but now looks challenging.  Right now there is a lockdown on residential showings.  And once the potential buyers are permitted back in, how do you clean the house up when potential buyers bring in the virus?  ( I left my ozonator in IA).  Enough of my problems.  (But they do seem a bit like a microcosm of the world at this point). 

On to your points.

Circumcise Penthouses?  Sounds like a plan.  What about the evil sperm within?

I hope your predictions come to pass.  We need UBI and the bailout seems to be a poor attempt at one.  But once started, maybe it will have to be resumed on a permanent basis.  Now that would be change.  Not something the rich want, but something everyone else needs.

Now being the geezer I know you are, I suggest you read my post by the Israeli Defense Minister who says the elderly need to be segregated from the young for the best survival strategy. 

We had this generational segregation down pat months ago, until we foolishly made the decision to move fifteen houses from where the grandkids live in IA.  Typical of a defense minister though.  Let you really fuck up and then let you know it.
Ye shall know the phony left by the gates they keep.
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PaganWoman

Wow how wonderful is thread? I feel - sorry I no longer no what to think - that good change will come from this fear. Humans are always looking for hope in crisis (Whether real or imagined). 


Now everyone realizes the disaster of healthcare by wealth in disastrous. It feels like being at Disneyland where the wealthy get to cut the line while the common man stands in an endless line waiting there turn. 


NBA and movie stars get tested while the common man suits and wonders if he will die. Politicians too are tested - even when they have no symptoms. And the common man must get a special pass to go to a drive thru test. The iniquity is clear even to the folks who still believe America is a land of opportunity and that long hours and heart work will set you free. 

Thank you all for the great conversations. 

Love Wins...it takes time and seems as if it will never truly win ....believe it will ~PaganWoman
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Alligator Ed
Two-tiers to all of life.  We are on the bottom tier of course.  Testing for COVID-19?  Surely you jest.  You have to be near death to get a test--unless you're a politico or elitist.
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Alligator Ed
To attorney for the masses, D.G. Mills:  I am a geezer.  I am so old that in fact the ancient Egyptians named a city after me:  Geezer it's called.  On the banks of the Nile.   Lots of pyramids and temples and sphinxes and stuff.  Now Ioway--that's a bit cold for my reptilian blood.  But so is Ten-ten-tennessee.  Too damn cold at times.  My comfy swamp provides all the necessities of life.  Nearest grandchild is 200 miles away.  No baby sitting for me.  Baby-sitting a teen-ager means denying access to the parents' liquor supply.  However, my son-in-law only drinks Stella and daughter drinks water (ugh!).

As far as skyscraper circumcision is concerned, the remnant sperm can be defeated with nonoxynol-9.  Or perhaps UV light.  I have a time-proven solution to your household decontamination problem.  Although elegant in it both simplicity and effectiveness, you, being a stakeholder in the household, may not find the solution satisfactory--but, heck, it's for the common good:  burn it down.  No virus will survive the intense heat of such a blaze--nor will your equity.  But, David,  Don't be selfish.  It's for the common good.  You wouldn't object to that, comrade?  Please do not protest, lest Hillaryrats send to you to re-education camps.

Now, with all the sincerity which I can muster, I wish you well in your perilous journey to the land of corn from the land of moonshine.  Moonshine can also be made from corn, so there should be a certain kinship between the two locations.

You converted me, gasp, to liking mr. Yang.  UBI, which in Latin means a place.

Esteemed barrister, if you comprehend this missive, please get yourself checked up from the neck up because most of the time I spend in delirium--a state which borders Iowa.
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beebee
I recc’d this LOL, before even getting past “Geezer on the banks of the Nile”.

Regardless of how bad it gets, Alligator Ed, you always make me laugh and smile.

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We will not win fighting what we hate but by saving what we love.

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davidgmills
You lying imposter.  Everybody knows the crocodilians in Egypt are crocodiles not gators.  If you actually ever ran into a Nile crocodile you would come face to face with your big brother.  You only think you know what big brother means.  You damn gators are just imposters.  Trust me, I know about imposter syndrome.  Been living that syndrome my entire life.

I was really hoping that you would would have a better idea than to burn the house down.  But I should have known better.  Seems to be a common solution of yours. 

Don't let a mere 200 miles get between you and the grandkid.  Take your liquor with you.  Do not imbibe on the way however unless you have one of those self driving Teslas.  If the self driving Tesla is weaving all over the road, you know who to blame.  Elon.  Probably about time to blame him for all the world's ills anyway.  Maybe the judge will buy it.
Ye shall know the phony left by the gates they keep.
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deepestblue
Fabulous OP, I hope it all comes to pass.

I didn't read this but felt it worthy of posting here after quickly scanning it -

12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic
https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/24/12-experts-questioning-the-coronavirus-panic/
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Alligator Ed
davidgmills wrote:

I was really hoping that you would would have a better idea than to burn the house down.  But I should have known better.  Seems to be a common solution of yours. 


My dear barrister friend, one who sets fires should complain about others doing the same.  We have Democrats who are paid well to do that.
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Fire With Fire

Almost all the business meetings I have attended have been colossal wastes of time.  If given a multiple choice test regarding what they've just heard, pontificated from on high by The Boss, no doubt most attendees, some of whom have fallen asleep in an upright position, would fail.

Au contraire, monsieur, there are benefits to scientific meetings.  Cross-fertilization of ideas in my experience is enhanced by face to ace contact with others possessing the same academic or scientific interests.

As for skyscrapers, if I were a Freudian, which I ain't, then skyscrapers MUST be regarded as giant phallic symbols, proclaiming the virility of the developer as well as his/her expectations of rich financial rewards coming from inhabitants of aforesaid skyscraper.  So to you, my flaming correspondent friend, answer me this please:

If skyscrapers be phallic symbols, how does one circumcize said objects of wonder and glory?


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I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1999 to 2002, and I loved the physical beauty of the place.  Even the skyline was tasteful and seemed to fit perfectly into the Emerald Hills, the Pacific Ocean and the Bay.  But maybe 5 years ago, I was working in Oakland and staying at a hotel in Berkeley at the Marina.  I noticed this ugly looking phallic symbol climbing into the sky.  I am not sure when they finished it, but you can see it toward the left of this pic.

Circumcision is not the answer. Demolition will inevitably be required.  What that will do to the captains of industry who borrowed God knows many millions of dollars to build the hideous thing?  I hope it ruins them.





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I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1999 to 2002, and I loved the physical beauty of the place.  Even the skyline was tasteful and seemed to fit perfectly into the Emerald Hills, the Pacific Ocean and the Bay.  But maybe 5 years ago, I was working in Oakland and staying at a hotel in Berkeley at the Marina.  I noticed this ugly looking phallic symbol climbing into the sky.  I am not sure when they finished it, but you can see it toward the left of this pic.

Circumcision is not the answer. Demolition will inevitably be required.  What that will do to the captains of industry who borrowed God knows many millions of dollars to build the hideous thing?  I hope it ruins them.


Okay, I got the phallic symbol building.  But what do you make of the giant needle pointing sharply into the sky?
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Fire With Fire
That is called the Transamerica building and I used to be ambivalent about its esthetic charm -- but I came to appreciate its effect of pointing to the sky.  De gustibus non disputandum est.


Back when there was a thing called travel, I would average probably half a dozen business trips a year to San Francisco.  I would usually stay at the Hilton about two blocks away from the Transamerica tower.  There is a sizable courtyard in front of the building where people can relax and enjoy the brisk sea breezes that prevail in that beautiful city -- which is significantly less beautiful with that Big Dick dominating the terrain.
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