Happily the pandemic came back after the riots

Since, for about two weeks, the pandemic wasn't even mentioned, I thought maybe we'd slide right past into a good final half of the year. Now that the riots and occupations of cities have been reduced slightly, we're back to pandemic crazy time fun fear. 

Why, I don't know. There is zero logic to it.

Cases are going up (more testing, um, mass protests/riots increased exposure), but the death rate is plummeting. This sounds like we're working our way towards herd immunity, but you wouldn't know it by the news. Hospitals are becoming more full, but no one is really differentiating if it's with people sick from Big Rona, or if they are finally getting to the four-month backlog of undone medical procedures the entire nation was told to forgo, and that in order to get into the hospital you have to be tested which may produce a positive result thereby shuffling you into the hospitalized-with-covid category whether you're seriously sick or not.

People are hollering about 45 page obituaries in Houston newspapers without providing information on how large the obituary section normally is, if the deaths are all Covid-caused, if the deaths are all recent, and if any of the deaths are from some who died a while ago but couldn't have a memorial or funeral service until now. 

When people throw big numbers at you, please do ask lots of questions to put them into context.

"We're only 93 million miles away from a massive and absolutely lethal flaming ball of gas!!!"

"Is 93 million miles enough to keep us from dying?"

"Well...technically yes. We actually need the sun to live."

Fear Folks bemoan on social media that "we're going in the wrong direction" as they look at the selective numbers, crying out for a return to restriction as California reverts to full lockdown (conveniently after the protests and riots were blessed by the First Orthodox Church Of Insanity) while other states enact heavy fines to anyone not wearing a mask the moment they walk out the door. 

"You shall not buy or sell without a mask!" says Washington Governor Inslee as he takes a knee to let the Balrog pass.

There are a few accounts on Twitter doing a bang-up job documenting the real data and the actual picture of what is going on which is very different from media hype, and I refer you to them. If I find more, I'll add to this list. If you have some, leave them in the comments.

If you want to seriously look at data beyond what you are typically hearing on television or standard media accounts, those accounts are a good place to start. 

I'm not going to waste my time in this post debating masks (of which more cities, states, and stores are requiring) which should be going away and not increasing in the hot, humid summer weather. I think they're garbage and I've said as much about it and those who use all kinds of manipulation to get people to wear them as I intend to on this blog.

There are a few things that concern me though, that I'm seeing pop up in this "second wave." For example, when a corporation determines our legal tender isn't acceptable.

From this Facebook post.

Here's another one:

From this Facebook post.

Setting aside the odd coin shortage we have in which banks are trying to convince people to bring in their coins, we have this new and exciting chapter in the pandemic nonsense: a push to go cashless.

I am amazed that my debit/credit cards, which I handle a lot, which get touched by cashiers in some cases, which get used at gas pumps, which touch my phone, which pass all that on to the next person to shove their card in the slot and make the rounds are considered clean. It's kind of like how the virus magically avoided some places but not others.

Big Rona is choosy in where she is contagious.

Dave Ramsey excoriating my financial choices wasn't enough to do it, but this insistence that no cash be used might be the key to getting me to start using cash as much as possible. As a friend on social media pointed out, our paper money has some very specific statements on it: THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

Unfortunately, there's a bit of a catch:

Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," states: "United States coins and currency [including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks] are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."

This statute means that all United States money as identified above is a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise.

Who you elect for local and state offices matters. I think we've seen that in spades this year. As you can see, businesses can refuse to accept cash unless your state has laws against that refusal. Of note is a bi-partisan bill at the federal level that would punish businesses who refuse to take cash.

As noted on this Facebook post, and as could be extrapolated by anyone paying attention and no longer falling for the "they'd never restrict me or do that to me" baloney that we used to allow the tech companies dictatorial control over information in our nation, a cashless society is a VERY BAD THING.

A cashless society means no cash. Zero. It doesn’t mean mostly cashless and you can still use a ‘wee bit of cash here & there’. Cashless means fully digital, fully traceable, fully controlled. I think those who support a cashless society aren’t fully aware of what they are asking for. 

A cashless society means:

* If you are struggling with your mortgage on a particular month, you can’t do an odd job to get you through.

* Your child can’t go & help the local farmer to earn a bit of summer cash.

* No more cash slipped into the hands of a child as a good luck charm or from their grandparent when going on holidays.

* No more money in birthday cards.

* No more piggy banks for your child to collect pocket money & to learn about the value of earning.

* No more cash for a rainy day fund or for that something special you have been putting $20 a week away for.

* No more nixers on the side because your wages barely cover the bills or put food on the table.

* No more charity collections.

* No more selling bits & pieces from your home that you no longer want/need for a bit of cash in return.

* No more cash gifts from relatives or loved ones.

What a cashless society does guarantee:

* Banks have full control of every single penny you own.

* Every transaction you make is recorded.

* All your movements & actions are traceable.

* Access to your money can be blocked at the click of a button when/if banks need ‘clarification’ from you which will take about 3 weeks, a thousand questions answered & five thousand passwords.

* You will have no choice but to declare & be taxed on every pound in your possession.

* The government WILL decide what you can & cannot purchase.

* If your transactions are deemed in any way questionable, by those who create the questions, your money will be frozen, ‘for your own good’.

Forget about cash being dirty. Stop being so easily led. Cash has been around for a very, very, very long time & it gives you control over how you trade with the world. It gives you independence. I heard a story where a man supposedly contracted Covid because of a $20 note he had handled. There is the same chance of Covid being on a card as being on cash. If you cannot see how utterly ridiculous this assumption is then there is little hope.

If you are a customer, pay with cash. If you are a shop owner, remove those ridiculous signs that ask people to pay by card. Cash is a legal tender, it is our right to pay with cash. Banks are making it increasingly difficult to lodge cash & that has nothing to do with a virus, nor has this ‘dirty money’ trend.

Please open your eyes. Please stop believing everything you are being told. Almost every single topic in today’s world is tainted with corruption & hidden agendas. Please stop telling me & others like me that we are what’s wrong with the world when you hail the most corrupt members of society as your heroes. Politics & greed is what is wrong with the world; not those who are trying to alert you to the reality in which you are blindly floating along whilst being immobilised by irrational fear. Fear created to keep you doing & believing in exactly what you are complacently doing.

Pay with cash & please say no to a cashless society while you still have the choice.

Now I have become (sadly) used to people explaining how in times of pandemics and other such emergenices that various rights and laws and things are logically suspended for the good of all people, and then they will post things from old newspapers from the Spanish Flu epidemic and whatever else, but I am here to tell you that the answer is a hard no. We are using that logic to do away with significant personal rights.

We went from "15 Days To Slow The Spread" to "Wear A Mask Or Go To Jail" incredibly fast.

Slippery slope? Heck no. It was a cliff.

We are way beyond that, particularly with this virus, this current situation, and the little dictators sprinkled in state government offices and corporate headquarters that are eager to change our culture, society, and how we live during this time of crisis.

Do you know how many people don't have bank accounts or credit/debit cards? I'll tell you: 20 percent have limited access, and 6 percent have zero access. About 20 million people in the United States have NO access to banking and cards, most of whom are minorities. This is no laughing matter, this push to go cashless.

Before the pandemic, there were legal skirmishes because some businesses in cities stopped using cash and many customers had no other way to buy. We are going to force people to trade their cash for store debit cards, giving the corporations (e.g. WalMart) the ability to determine how they can be used. We've already seen credit card processing companies and internet companies refusing to allow organizations and businesses the right to essentially do business by denying them a way to process monetary income simply because organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (also known as The Millionaires of the Caymans Club) determined they were a "hate group" and were no longer an acceptable part of society.

Stop going along with every new bit of nonsense! Don't allow yourself to be used on social media as part of the mob reciting the government recommendations without any question. There should be no new normal, because what new normal would you like to emerge from a society where we were free, and had at least a few vestiges of anonymity and autonomy left? Do you want to line up in hopes of receiving a ladle of borscht? 

If I'd told you back in January, would you have ever believed you could be denied entry to a store or arrested for not wearing a questionable cloth mask, that people in your community would shame you or report you to law enforcement, that some states wouldn't allow churches to open and then restrict the number who could come and would not let them sing in worship to the Lord? Did you ever believe it would happen?

It did. In about four months.

And some of you went along so obligingly that I can't help but think you'd drive the tanks in Tiananmen if the CDC told you it would flatten the curve.