On Quarantines and Trees, Pencils, Technology, Art and Music

The Burning Platform

Due to some sustained winds, I had a large limb of a sizable ash tree blown down. And, in consideration of the Emerald Ash Borer, which is sort of the COVID-19 of ash trees complete with its own federal quarantine regulations, I decided not to save the tree.  Instead, I chose to cut it down in 18-inch chunks, stack it, and let it season in the round.  Then, as needed, I’ll split it and restack it prior to its ultimate delivery into my high-efficiency wood burner on some crisp winter day. Although I am sad to lose the tree I find myself grateful for technology, and capitalism, when undertaking such tasks.

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Death Panel Ezekiel: “No Choice” But Mass Poverty and Death

Another Day in the Empire

If several weeks of state-imposed house arrest and unemployment have maxed out your stress level, wait until you hear what the experts have in mind to “mitigate” a bad seasonal influenza. Here is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm, the former mayor Chicago and a Clintonite: Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications,” e said. “I know that’s dreadful news to hear. How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice.

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