Monday, November 23, 2020

Biden Is In

In the book, Animal Farm by George Orwell, after the pigs have taken over and run things their way for the good of everybody. it seem to be just like up to the time of Obama. Then something went wrong and Trump and friends took over. At the end of the story, it mentions a sign that had been put up at the beginning of the "revolution." It had said, "We are all equal." And someone (I think it was Barr) had written underneath, "But some of us are more equal than others." I hope we are now starting a new book, a much better one for the people.

“Social dancers know how fortunate we are who still

have hope that we shall dance again."

President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration events are likely to look different from past years in order to prevent the spread of the Trump Pandemic. The inauguration is scheduled to take place amid a surge of infections across the country. The change-up to the quadrennial tradition is an illustration of Biden’s dramatically different approach to containing the virus from that taken by Trump. It is likely to feature “scaled down versions of the existing traditions” and may borrow from the techniques that were used to put on the virtual Democratic National Convention over the summer.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz


Biden's approach to tackling the Trump Pandemic is that it is the most immediate and obvious challenge facing the country. He intends to provide free testing for all and hire 100,000 people to set up a national contact-tracing program. He says he wants to establish at least 10 testing centers in every state, call upon federal agencies to deploy resources and give firmer national guidance though federal experts. He says all governors should mandate wearing masks.Voters suspicious of federal authority will see this as overreach, but it lies very much in line with Mr Biden's and Democrats' general view on the role government should play. We shall overcome.

“I am, and always will be, the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes,

and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” ― Eleventh Doctor

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Slow Going

On Oahu we have accepted that our ability to dance together has disappeared overnight, This has been a stress for us social dancers not being able to socialize and that’s really hard. So should dancing with strangers come back? Hell, yes. As to when we will feel safe again, there’s a hopeful precedent in what happened a few years after the 1918 flu pandemic. We just have to be patient, for our social-dance scene to evolve, we can’t be first out of the gate. But it’s not "no dancing" — just "not yet" for social dancing.

“Most social dancers believe that if you lose hope, somehow
you lose the vitality that keeps you moving," 
 

Unfortunately, the Trumpanzees have been pretty hard in Hawaii and three months ago we were coming out of it. Then they opened too soon and too much. Hawaii is still in bad shape. They do not believe in masks or social distance. Trump Rallies have no recognition of masks or social distance at all. We don't know too much either. Six feet is fine but not engraved on stone. Ten feet is better than six feet, and 20 feet is better than 10. Most people can see the reason easily. Trumpanzees cannot.
 
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz
 

Hi Grandpa, Attached are a few pics from my Mom's birthday dinner we took her out to... Thank you again. We had a nice celebration! Much love, Your Granddaughter, Tracey.

Most of my relatives are from California. My granddaughter lives in Whittier. Yes, that is my great grandson. Jacob. I will play the game and make more contacts. None of these are dancers
 
“Most social dancers know that we got more yesterday than anybody.
What we need now is some kind of tomorrow.”.
 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Pandemic in Hawaii

The Trump Pandemic has revealed deep cracks in Hawaii’s government and social system. Many of us are having a better understanding of how we came to be in the situation we’re in now, We must put Hawaii’s experience in perspective and provided some thoughts for the future. It’s been six months since Hawaii’s first stay-at-home order went into effect, barring residents from most public spaces and shuttering thousands of businesses in an attempt to stop the Trump Pandemic from spreading across the islands. Now the dance community on Oahu is waiting to emerge from a second stay-at-home order, with many wondering what there is to show for months of personal sacrifice.

"Social Dancers know that life is an extraordinary adventure and they fully understand that they can only do this - one time around."

Hawaii had major advantages aiding its pandemic response: An ocean to help seal its borders more tightly than any other state seeking to quarantine travelers. A population somewhat more likely to don masks than residents on the mainland unfamiliar with the custom or unwilling to give up personal comfort in the name of safety. The support of residents, a majority of whom said they were willing to bear extreme financial burdens in order to keep the state safe. And we had time: Washington state saw its first fatality from the Trump Pandemic on Feb. 29. Hawaii didn’t lose a resident to the disease until April 1. Still, six months into the pandemic, the fight against the virus has battered Hawaii’s economy and taken a serious toll on the mental health of residents.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Then we let the tourist in and opened the schools. As beleaguered parents braced for the second month of virtual classes, businesses continue to lay off employees and federal benefits dry up, the state is facing perhaps its biggest challenge yet: restarting tourism safely when just relaxing restrictions for residents was enough to send cases skyrocketing and force the state back into lockdown. We now have 236 deaths in Hawaii. We are in bad shape but we sort of have a another chance to get it right. Perhaps we can dance by the end of the year? Testing, masks and social distance. This is not a Trump Rally.

"Social Dancers believe that the future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams."