A summer deluge

Video was shot yesterday afternoon.

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Those canvas curtains come down in early June when the monsoon season starts, and they roll up in November, which is about when the world dries up in those parts.

This is our third summer under the new terraza roof which included those canvas curtains to avoid as much rainwater during the daily downpours as possible. We left one side open because we didn’t want to be totally enclosed for five or six months a year. If the rain blows from that direction, we just have to deal with it.

The clear section in the curtains was entirely transparent until a hailstorm last year blew one of them out, shredding it entirely. The sun damage after only one year had rotted it significantly. We called Nico, the guy who sold and installed the curtains, and he replaced those center sections with tougher material, which is not transparent, but it still lets light in.

Our fingers are crossed that this will hold up longer, especially since Nico, it appears, was one of the many business casualties of the Kung Flu hysteria. His establishment downtown has been gone for months. However, there is a good chance he now operates out of his home. I have his phone number.

Singapore is smart

When the Kung Flu was flung upon the world stage about March of last year, I was concerned. Everyone was concerned. It was being hyped almost as the Black Plague. Stay home, governments hollered via their pals in the news media, or you’ll die. My child bride and I obeyed and stayed home except for shopping.

I bet you did the same.

A couple of months later, I noticed the streets were not lined with corpses, plus I knew no one who had died or even caught the Kung Flu. Phooey with this, I told myself, and we went out and about, starting May 10, doing what we normally did, but often with masks, and maintaining that distance thing.

Time passed, and I paid attention to the news, not so much the mainstream (government) media, but other information sources that seemed more realistic and honest. I became less and less concerned about the Kung Flu. These days I wear no mask except to enter the occasional store where it’s required. I do not do “social distance.”

There is a Mexican government website that keeps track of Kung Flu cases in virtually every nook and cranny of Mexico. I’ve been watching it since last year. To date, about 1.65 percent of my town’s population has been infected in some way, which is to say over 98 percent of our 98,000 population has not caught Kung Flu. Of the minuscule proportion that has, almost all would have recovered at home in bed with Tylenol or something similar.

Comparatively small percentages exist almost everywhere, so this is not the Black Plague. The economic shutdowns were unnecessary, and the people most affected by them are the working class. Government officials, as everyone who’s paying attention knows, have gone about their business as usual. Salaries, exotic vacations and parties. Don’t know about this? I suggest you broaden your news-gathering scope.

Incredibly, one of the most ham-fisted government overreactions to the pandemic is Australia, and that’s going on to this day. Coincidentally, one of the best news organizations anywhere in the world is Sky News Australia. In the video above, the engaging Alan Jones reports on how Singapore is handling the pandemic now.

Even more details are available at The Straits Times. Singapore is smart.


The Political Plague

This is the first political pandemic in world history. What’s up with that? I have my suspicions. A recent Gallup Poll asked if people with no symptoms and otherwise healthy should remain at home or go out and live their lives normally. About 80 percent of Republicans in America said go out and live normally. Over 70 percent of Democrats said stay home, i.e. continue cowering in the closet. Incredible.

The crushing lockdowns

Democrat officials — the governor of California and the mayor of Los Angeles among many others — are fond of lockdowns that push business owners into bankruptcy and employees onto the unemployment lines. All for “public health,” of course.

The State of South Dakota did not go that route, nor did the nation of Sweden, and their Kung Flu numbers are not significantly worse than lockdown zones.

Here’s how it’s gone on my Mexican mountaintop. Keep in mind that laws and rules in Mexico often are ignored, and nobody does anything about it. I used to criticize that cultural trait, but now I find it endearing, especially as it relates to Kung Flu.

Mexico has a website that purports to show the Kung Flu stats in every nook and cranny, and maybe it does. Let’s assume so. As I write this, I’m looking at the Dec. 8 report. For Mexico as a whole, there are 1,193,255 confirmed cases and 1,029,250 who’ve recovered, leaving just 164,005 with Kung Flu on that date. But the website also says there are just 53,131 active cases, which is a contradiction. Go figure.

The population of Mexico is almost 130 million, so those Kung Flu numbers look mighty small, percentage-wise. Going with the 53,131 number for active cases, that would be about 0.04 percent of the population. Very few sick folks.

But back to my mountaintop town. Our population is about 98,000 Catholic souls, and we’ve had — as of Dec. 8 — 1,073 confirmed cases of whom 977 have recovered, which would leave 96 still sick. But the website says just 27 are active cases. Go figure, again.

The 1,073 confirmed cases are about 1.1 percent of the mountaintop’s population, most of whom have returned to good health. Our death toll is 69, about 0.07 percent of the population. Bottom line is that these numbers are minuscule.

And our lockdown? In April, May, June the government tried to lock us down, and it was marginally successful. It hounded some businesses, closed a few temporarily, cordoned off the two downtown plazas, put up lots of threatening posters, etc. But most people went about their lives as usual. In real life, we are kind of like Sweden and South Dakota.

Most of us are healthy. Most businesses have long since reopened. The plazas too. Many folks walking around downtown have the bibs hanging under their chins.

And in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, etc., the new breed of wacky Democrat officials are grinding the economy into the dirt while the same Democrat officials party hearty and often get caught at it. And the United States may soon install Democrat Socialists in the White House. It’s gonna go great. You’re gonna love it. Trust me.

Relief is just a short move over the southern border, amigos. But forget the northern border because, in some ways, Canada is significantly worse. More on that soon. Stay tuned.