Do ya feel lucky punk?
Ladieees and Gentlemen!!!”
Gather ‘round the table and place your bets! Everybody gets a chance, everybody is REQUIRED to make a bet. The only bets accepted are your lives… or one of your family members (the older the better), or the life of a neighbor, an acquaintance, or just some stranger you happened bump into.
We are going to reopen the country, and I’m gonna spin the wheel. You get to bet on either the RED (the coronavirus R0 infection rate levels out and then steadily decreases until we get herd immunity), or the BLACK (the R0 infection rate spikes due to increased crowding, death rates increase markedly, and eventually we get herd immunity anyway, but with a somewhat smaller population.)
That’s what it comes down to. Except that we don’t get choose whether or not we want to play. We only get to choose RED or BLACK.
Our, gulp, President is playing the cheerleader in this vast gamble. He has made the calculation, for purely ego pumping political reasons, that if the wheel comes up RED, he will be heralded as Abraham Lincoln incarnate, and if the wheel goes BLACK, well then he can say that he didn’t force the states to re-open, so it’s not his fault. The Chinese did it, and the democrats helped them do it, and the WHO was in on it.
Despite the utterly despicable display of America’s dysfunctional politics whether repub or dem, it is truly ironic that this farcical, but terrifying, not-greek tragedy is being played out between the two extreme ends of the evolutionary spectrum.
- In one corner, we have our lightweight contender, the lowly micro-virus a single strand RNA contraption known to the world as Covid 19, or as Trump knows it ’the Wuhan virus’. It is so simple that science has not yet even decided whether or not viruses qualify as a life-form. In fact it is so simple that it only understands one rule, ‘GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY.’
- In the other corner is our grand macro-virus, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, the epitomey, the culmination, the apex consumer of all that there is. Theoretically, he, she, or it, whatever, is the most complex creation in the world, or maybe even the universe, if we change the definition as we go.
In either case, one side is not going to wipe out the other side. It is just a matter of the mortality count. No matter the outcome, Trump views it as a win for him, and he is the one that counts most. No matter the outcome, we all get to play, whether we want to or not.
“You gotta ask yourself one question, DO I FEEL LUCKY. Well do ya, punk?”
Through an unbelievable stroke of luck the US Army drafted, then trained Dan Mason as a telecommunications tech and sent him to Thailand during the Viet Nam war. So began a thirty-five year adventure, working and living overseas, to include Thailand, W. Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and China. Those experiences helped him to see and absorb different perspectives on world events and to read behind the headlines.