by Zen Gardner, Guest Waking Times I find it especially ironic that this latest round of draconian clampdown is based on a media perpetuated invisible virus meme. No big war, no attacking enemy, no material weaponry, staged boogeymen or concocted “terrorists”. Yet this barrage of propaganda worked like a charm. Well, there are terrorists, as usual just the same old perpetrators. The overarching enemy within the gate, its very rulers managing the human farm, now draping a shroud of containment and despair on seemingly helpless humanity. Isn’t this surreally strange? Yet everyone worldwide responded more than they did to the phony … Continue reading THE IRONY AND THE ECSTASY
It’s time to consider how we can have more animals in our daily lives in the city. BY PAMELA YEH & IAN MACGREGOR-FORS The shelter-in-place orders and the massive drop in human activity in our cities, designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, have given us surprising and unexpected sightings of wildlife species across cities around the world. But beyond general awe—and a brief respite from the gloominess of the news—what can seeing all of this wildlife tell us about human-deprived spaces? Although the media has mainly covered unexpected sightings occurring in urban settings as a result of lockdowns, there … Continue reading Welcome Back, Animals!
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Guest Waking Times Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote last week about Malibu police’s ticketing Point Dume surfers $1,000 apiece for using the ocean during the quarantine. Was this merely an appalling police judgment at which we will laugh post-quarantine? Or does anyone else feel that this is the first wave of compliance and obedience training for something more permanent? Are powerful state and corporate entities using the current crisis to remove basic rights, and intensify pressures to promote vaccines and surveillance? Does anyone else feel the suffocating darkness of tyranny descending on our nation? And finally, … Continue reading THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF BILL GATES AND BIG TELECOM
By Pete Gelling It’s a good time to be a virus, it seems. While everyone is likely well aware of the coronavirus pandemic, other viral diseases are also thriving, spreading locally and threatening already overwhelmed healthcare systems. In Indonesia, dengue—which is spread through mosquitoes—has infected some 40,000 people so far this year, a nearly 16% rise from last year. Compounding the problem, most of Indonesia’s hospitals are now tasked with prioritizing patients with Covid-19, leaving those suffering from the painful and sometimes fatal symptoms of dengue without treatment.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html In Latin America it’s even worse. The region saw the highest number of dengue cases in … Continue reading As if Covid-19 was not enough, other virus outbreaks are erupting around the world
V Venues, festivals and musicians face a precarious future, but could Covid-19 be a catalyst for reform in an industry that seriously undervalues its artists? BY WILLIAM RALSTON At around eight o’clock on the evening of 12 March, Sir Simon Rattle stepped onstage at the Berliner Philharmoniker to an eery silence. It was his homecoming performance, with the orchestra that he’d led as chief conductor for 16 years, before his return to London in 2018. The musicians clapped him to the podium, but the seats surrounding them on all sides were empty.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW Rattle turned, gazed down the … Continue reading Coronavirus Might Kill The Music Industry. Maybe It Needed To Die
Lockdown should make economic reform contagious gregfelton.com One day, perhaps several months or a year from now, the 2 SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) pandemic will be declared over, but it will not be business as usual. The virus of 2020 is not something to be consigned to disease history alongside the Spanish Influenza, polio, SARS, MER, AIDS or numerous cholera outbreaks. It is a life-altering event that has rendered obsolete our concept of what is normal. Whether the pandemic is natural or man-made––a topic to be taken up later––does not alter the fact that it is making the earth conspicuously healthier. … Continue reading If Nothing Else, The Lockdown Has Been Good For The Earth
By Dennis Prager The idea that the worldwide lockdown of virtually every country other than Sweden may have been an enormous mistake strikes many — including world leaders; most scientists, especially health officials, doctors and epidemiologists; those who work in major news media; opinion writers in those media; and the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people who put their faith in these people — as so preposterous as to be immoral. Timothy Egan of The New York Times described Republicans who wish to enable their states to open up as “the party of death.” That’s the way it is … Continue reading The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History