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Bad. Timing.

I listened to the press conference with the Minnesota US Attorney and the local head of the FBI.

I realize that they are trying to do things the right way. They want to investigate. They want justice. They are pleading for patience and calm.

But the protestors have seen the video of Eric Garner who said he couldn’t breathe. They’ve seen and heard the video when Philando Castile was shot in the passenger seat of his car. They saw the video of the kid shot in Ohio who had a toy gun. And only a couple of weeks ago, the video of Ahmed Aubrey surfaced.

What happened in those cases? There were no consequences. No justice for Eric Garner whose case most closely resembles this one. For Aubrey, the video has been available for months and the police didn’t arrest anyone until they were shamed into it.

So, as well intentioned as the US Attorney is, as dedicated as the FBI, it’s just too late.

Covid is ravaging the African American communities, too many people are unemployed, and Trump is a petty dictator who no one in his party wants to constrain in any way. We have to hold on until November to set any of this right again.

There is frustration and anger fueling the protests. They’ve had enough.

Just arrest the cops, indict them and get on with a trial already. We all saw what happened.

The national guard has been activated to pacify Minneapolis. Now we’re about to see what all that patriot act money paid for. It won’t be pretty.

People on both sides are going to get hurt. But it’s been a long time coming. It just couldn’t happen at a worse time.

Who knows? Maybe all major changes require timing like this.

How to navigate the world in the time of Covid 19

The Washington Post interviewed some public health experts about how to go about day to day living during and after lockdown. Looks like I was on to something when it came to the beach. All of those interviewed said, yeah, go to the beach. Just maintain a safe distance and stay away from crowds. Surf’s up, the water’s fine.

Some things that might seem counterintuitive after all of the “WASH YOUR HANDS!” commands are, spend as little time as possible in public restrooms, take your own paper towels to dry your hands, use disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer AFTER you leave. I do this anyway so I’m happy to see I’m not being anal retentive paranoid. Avoid those hand dryers like the plague. In fact, I’m inclined to hold it if I hear one of those things going before I walk into a public restroom. Sooooo… maybe I am anal retentive paranoid…


Anyway, if you keep the advice in this article in mind when you venture into the world, and make it a habit, you don’t need to become a recluse until the vaccine or drug therapy is available.

Now, get out there!