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  • Tipping Point to Backlash

    Posted by delta on April 9th, 2020

    We’re Americans…

    We’re not the smartest, most read or thoughtful of countries – but, there is one thing we are above all: we are arrogant as hell.  We choose to be ignorant in many ways – first and foremost, when choosing the news (we watch/read) or (online) searches we make for our information we typically choose to watch or read that which perpetuates our existing prejudices.  We do not intentionally go out of our way to read both sides to a story; we do not go out of our way to see the whole picture (just that which effects us in the here and now); we do not go out of our own way to change our own minds…

    We choose to let fear set the pace for our way of thinking…

    From the outset, fear started this country.  Fleeing persecution people came here for a better life – it was definitely harder than they thought it would be once they got here, but the initial spark in their brain that got them to come here in the first place was the thought of this place where they didn’t have to live in fear, could be free and work their own land.

    We became free from England because we feared what would happen if we had taxation without representation – our fear was so intense that we went to war over it.  The thing we still don’t really see today (because we choose not to see the whole picture) is that the entire thing was initially about rich folks being taxed, in debt and not wanting to pay up.  It became what it was because of the way England handled it – it quickly became a cry for freedom.  The population of America was somewhere around 2.8 million at the time, of that about 250,000 served the American cause, another 25,000 served the British cause and the rest of the population tried to stay out of it (for fear of choosing the wrong side most likely)…

    The Civil War began with the South’s fear of their way of life being changed.  They feared Lincoln so much that they left the Union before he was sworn in.  Lincoln did not start out wanting to free anyone, he simply wanted to keep the country/Union together.  It became a cry for freedom when he needed to motivate those who were on the fence about whether or not they should fight.  Of the (roughly) 35.5 million Americans at the time, the North had close to 2.2 million troops serve their cause and the South had close to 1 million troops serve their cause.  The rest of the country (again) chose to stay out of it…

    Fear is our motivator.  It is why we watch what we watch, it is why we read what we read, it is why we do what we do.  Roughly 5% of our population serves to protect the rest of us (as active duty military)and another 5% of the population are veterans.  That’s right, 90% of the population is afraid to put their money where their mouth is (of course, they are completely willing to tell you what they think of almost anything) – but I digress and will move on (before I go off on a harsh tangent)…

    The above being said, at what point does everyone realize that the numbers dying from this thing simply are not worth the numbers who are going to die from starvation or freezing to death (or any derivative of not having the money to pay for bills or food) or suicide (for getting too much in debt and seeing “no way out”)?  I mean, yes, we need to sit it out for a month to give the hospitals the time they need to prepare for the onslaught they will have in the ER – I think (I hope) we all get that at this point.  We are not going to stop this thing, we can slow it down a bit so the emergency response folks can prepare for what is to come, but WE WILL GET THIS THING.  For most of us it will be no worse than the seasonal flu – but this is much more contagious, so the ER’s have to be ready for it.  We will all have the anti-bodies in our blood before a shot comes out for it and if this thing mutates we will just have to fight it off again (and the shot will be useless) – so that is a huge waste of time, money and resources that can be used in other directions…

    The tipping point is going to occur when all those folks who are fearful of it realize there is no way to stop it and that there never was.  The tipping point is going to happen when they realize they gave up their freedoms, their jobs, their way of life, their sanity and went completely into debt for absolutely no reason…  I went over that quickly, but let it sink in a little: WE ARE FREELY GIVING UP OUR FREEDOM AND WAY OF LIFE AND GOING COMPLETELY INTO DEBT FOR SOMETHING THAT CAN NOT BE STOPPED…

    We have to give the ER’s time to prepare for this thing, ok – fine…  Stopping an entire economy out of fear is going to have a backlash of unimaginable proportions and I hope they are preparing for that as well…

    I hope every American realizes that our way of life has changed permanently.  Nothing is going to go back to the way is was…

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    We can’t beat this thing, but we can be ready for it…

    Posted by delta on April 1st, 2020

    So, by Census Data estimates:
    There are Approx 327,170,000 Americans

    • Approx. 40% Work
    • Approx. 20% Do Not Work
    • Approx. 20% Youth
    • Approx. 20% Elderly

    By the numbers:

    • Approx. 130,868,000 Work
    • Approx. 65,434,000 Do Not Work
    • Approx. 65,434,000 Youth
    • Approx. 65,434,000 Elderly

    Of those that work:

    • if 1/3 of the employed are unemployed that would be 43,186,440 out of work
    • if ½ of the employed are unemployed that would be 65,434,000 out of work

    According to the CDC Data found in the New York Times article entitled “Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths”:

    • 160M-214M Americans could be infected (that is 48.9% to 65.5% of the overall U.S. population)
    • 2.4M-21M Americans could require hospitalization (that is .0734% to 6.4% of the overall U.S. population)
    • 200,000-1.7M could die (that is .0061% to .0516% of the overall U.S. population)

    Why are we putting (approx) 50M people out of work to save (approx) 1M people? Are we taking a huge risk that a certain percentage of the 50M people who are out of work will freeze or starve without the ability to pay the electric bill or food? Assuming those 50M folks have a significant other and/or just one kid, that is bringing the numbers effected to 100M-150M (approx 50% of the U.S. population) who are living off of whatever credit cards they have…

    So, to rephrase the question with the new data: Why are we sacrificing 50% of the U.S. population for less than .05% of the population? Answer: because it could be more…  No government was prepared for this. Hospitals have run out of everything and most civilian Doctors and Nurses do not have it in them to triage (they want to help everyone and many would mentally break if asked to triage under the conditions that are to come). We are locked away in our homes to give them time to prepare for the numbers coming at them. They need more gear, equipment and personnel and they need them in place and ready to go – this gives them a month to prepare for what is to come…

    The numbers above are scary, but they could possibly be worse…

    Many factories have been retrofitted to make medical equipment and supplies, many veteran medics have been called to service to help hospitals triage (which is great, they are trained to do this). We’re giving these folks time to get the gear and equipment and personnel in place so that when we get this thing at least we know they are ready for us when/if we need it…

    There is another caveat as well.  Essential Service workers.  We are all pretty much in the low risk for this thing – for most of us it will be a slight cold and then we’ll be done with it.  The hope is that this thing runs through essential workers in the next month so we will be healthy enough to help out if it is asked of us…

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    MACC Event

    Posted by delta on August 25th, 2018

    Doing a MACC Event right now and just thought to myself – man, I have no responsibilities here whatsoever… Feels good to be foot loose and fancy free… and I’m getting paid for this, that is something that always tripped me out – we get paid for this – basically I’m getting paid to hang out with Big Joe, Todd B, Astrella, Matt and Trevor (I’ve know all these guys since before I met my wife 17 years ago)… Pretty cool…

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    Changes happening…

    Posted by delta on August 6th, 2018

    So, I turned in my resignation on June 1st to be effective June 15th; we have since moved back to Maui and started life anew… Since June 15th – with no doctor, medication, change of diet, change of workout – I have lost 30 pounds, my systolic BP has went down 40 points and my diastolic BP has went down 20 points… I’d hate to say that the mainland was killing me, but…

    Anyway, we’re in the process of taking over Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning from my in-laws (who have been trying to retire since May 16th), Rugby for the kids starts in a month (I’ll actually be able to coach), I’m able to help out Calvary South Maui “production-wise”, I’m about to start driving Uber in my spare time and I’m helping Rusty out with Maui Production Group (gonna get the labor aspect of the business up and running as smoothly as possible)…

    I find it rather sad that I went from the high stress gig to a bunch of low stress gigs (maybe working 5 hours a day, answer to no one and have plenty of time for the kids) and not only am I getting more healthy but I’m making twice as much money…

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    Missing yet another Birthday

    Posted by delta on April 26th, 2018

    So, my two year old had a birth day a few days ago and my ten year olds is today. For the exception of the actual days they were both born, I have missed every birthday celebration for these two little girls. Starts me to thinking of how many I’ve missed for my 15, 13 and 7 year olds as well…

    The birthdays, the games, the matches, the highlights – I won’t get those back…

    This business sucks for families…

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