I’m not worried. This worldwide shared experience is bigger than temporary measures. War has stopped. Stopped in its tracks. That’s power. 20 years from now you can say “where were you during COVID-19 to ANYBODY over a certain age on the planet, and they’ll have their story to tell. Do I worry about today’s travel restrictions? No. These leaders will move on and die and new ones in their place. Except Putin but Russia’s been fucked forever.

I’m not worried. This worldwide shared experience is bigger than temporary measures.

War has stopped. Stopped in its tracks. That’s power.

20 years from now you can say “where were you during COVID-19 to ANYBODY over a certain age on the planet, and they’ll have their story to tell.

Do I worry about today’s travel restrictions? No. These leaders will move on and die and new ones in their place. Except Putin but Russia’s been fucked forever.

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Right wing nationalism has been around as long as I can remember and it’s dumb as it always is.

India’s had me nervous for a time but again – the covid-19 thing is waking folks up there too in greater and greater disappointment with their leader and the India4India thing.

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Well if you’re in the gathering-opinions phase, it’s good to withhold opinions that might work to shush brainstorming of others. Still, I’ll be curious when you’re at a point of satisfaction what your fuller thoughts are

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Borders can be soil, sure. Being an American raised in America though, identity was always more ideological. If I say I’m Irish-American, it’s not about a piece of dirt over the ocean or local turf but about songs, an irish bar, etc.

Identity is also a choice thing, much like chosing a name online (except on Facebook), where you can be anybody you want to be, portray what you wish. Or following an ideology or religion. Choice of identity.

But I never really understood turf wars honestly. Every year as a kid in NJ, the neighborhoring town would throw bottles at our community center just before the yearly big football game between the towns.

Never made a damn bit of sense to me.

Even me saying “I’m American”, it’s not a reference to the soil but to the civic ideals I believe in as a kid. Melting pot, potential, be yourself, etc. Of course it’s tarnished a lot from Schoolhouse Rock days but the core still sits in there somewhere, right alongside my far left, Star Trek sci-fi one planet ideals and stuff.

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Lots of ass kissing of Saudi arabia from the USA, China, and a lot of the other major players, but at the same time, all have been giving quiet relief efforts as well, just in politically acceptable ways that don’t offend Saudi Arabia.

I don’t know if there’s a massive influx of aid to to Yemen since Saudi declared they were going to cease fire for a while. I’d think so as organizations had been going in there all along and maybe now have a little more freedom of movement, if perhaps an expanded plate having to deal with COVID-19 concerns simutlaneously.

 

 I know what I think the American dream is. If someone else has a different idea what the American Dream is that’s fine so long as it doesn’t contradict too much with mine. But if it does, they’re wrong :P
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I’m a Doctor Who guy really. But when it went off the air in 1989 I had to find substitutions, so there was Star Trek, Sliders, Time Cop, Quantum Leap, Stargate (all of them) before holy crap they brought Doctor Who back in 2004.and I got to appreciate a lot of the characters. Mostly I stay off TV though. Rots yer brain.
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Melting pot USA to me is it’s pluralist . Some places have a mixture of ethnicities and cultures, other places are more homogenous and same-ish . Some value tradition, some value new, etc.I like the craziness of it most of the time. My big beef is basic stuff: Human rights violations. Amazing that we can’t get that right so often. Police shootings, detention centers, how prisoners are treated, schools and the institutionalized, mental health system, foster care, etc not to mention worker things.etc.But mostly, it’s alright.
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 It is. But it’s all Human Rights. Every year since the early 1990s or so I’d look Human Rights Watch. First it was a text file, then a web page.I’d only look at one place; United States.It’s the only place I could conceivably do anything about so it was my focus and I felt responsible for its actions in some way.We don’t change much. But some things we do. Latest changes are unfortunately within USA parameters but not the ones I’m proud of. It’s not our first time going all xenophobic but I never thought I’d see it in my lifetime.
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 t’s a short read. They have almost every year since the 1990s when they started doing it online in the archives.I also keep half an eye on Amnesty International as I like to know where people are getting locked up and for what reason. I’m aware of each of their biases — as well as my own — but I can still see facts through it and it’s not that awful.
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 Did you see how thin the evidence is for those wild projections? I’m glad it’s telling you what you want to hear.
Good to have confirmation of bias.
Soothing.
Hope Empire Leader is right. But …
…it’d be a first.
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 No it’s not. The dots are scattered across the earth.It is not contained. It may lack DENSITY -yet- but it’s spread.

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Drop matches in a dry forest randomly.
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 There’s always going to be a range of projections. Living in hurricane country for 18 years, I know it from the cone of certainty.

Some pick the model that lets them go to the beach. Some pick the model that boards up their home. Usually at some point, we get word as to which one is the right one Usually we stick to it, although if covid-19 was a hurricane, we’d be taking shutters off during the eye.

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