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winetourdriver01

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Name: Barry
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Home country: USA
Current location: San Francisco
Member since: Sat Jan 21, 2017, 05:39 PM
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The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Toward Justice. It does indeed. Martin Luther King was a hero of mine, and his optimism lives on. The multiple disasters the nation is suffering through will make us stronger. This plague can be dealt with, other countries have shown us the way, and our medics are the best in the world.. The struggle could be a springboard for massive changes that have been a long time coming. Universal Healthcare, Universal Basic Income, equality under the law, real equality, for all of us.

It starts with the election. Joe Biden and his team can use a couple of examples in how to proceed. Franklin Roosevelt and his team are standing in the shadows, willing us on. PBO and Joe had to rebuild after W. Bush. We've done this before, maybe even to this dreadful degree. We cannot let ourselves feel overwhelmed.
Justice must be served for the illegalities and unconstitutional acts committed by the Trump administration, and it is not something to take any joy in. Think Nuremberg. Horrific crimes have been committed. Many thousands have suffered and died through a desire for profit, incompetence and neglect.

The Republic can persevere, our twenty-first century coalition of cultures and races are vibrant and will provide the energy, and the will, to get this done.

Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sun Jul 26, 2020, 09:09 AM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

These are absurd times. A wanna be dictator invading our cities. Public education dying on the vine. The election of our lifetimes in three months. It seems like the thirty percent of our population that leans Fascist is doubling down instead of coming to their senses. I seem to have become a social media warrior, unexpected, unwanted.

I'm fed up with all of it. The horror and pain of those afflicted with the plague. The citizens of Portland and elsewhere who have to face off with mercs. Mercs belonging to one Eric Prince, brother of Betsey DeVos, billionaire enablers of Hair Fuhrer. Sickening. Both public education and our post office targeted for destruction, these are the ties that bind our nation together.

I have my own personal demons I have to battle every fucking day, and I'm pretty fed up with that as well. I sit awake at night and wonder how much damage my internal organs have taken from the plague, and I lay that right at the feet of the godamned republican party. Why it didn't kill me with the initial infection, old bastard that I am, I do not know. I guess the gods want me to see the end of this farce.

Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat Jul 25, 2020, 11:47 AM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

Look, there is only one way we are going to get ahead of this plague. We listen to the doctors/scientists, follow their guide lines, and PAY people to stay home. That's it. Nothing else is going to work, and the longer we put off doing this, the longer this nightmare will last. There also needs to be an eviction moratorium, and maybe even a debt holiday. But that's all secondary to getting the infection rate under control. If, by some miracle we manage that, we can confront the economic disaster.

The Trump administration, as much as it is cherished by the right, the Fascists, the white supremacists, and the just plain selfish, is costing this nation way too much. Not just in lives- a quarter of a million by election day in all likelyhood, but in our place in the world, our chance to compete, our place at the table. Our, and our children's future. This is a disaster of epic proportions.

We are wasting time debating this, time equals lives.

Hold those dear to you close
God save the republic.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Wed Jul 15, 2020, 10:20 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

The Republic is certainly hurting, this plague will have, is having devastating consequences. It is the cause for the monumental changes that are coming, a catalyst that will sweep away what we were, as we ponder the things we may become.
The election is the trigger. Biden must be aware of two things: He cannot let the horrific crimes of the current administration slide. There can be no, must be no "we will look forward, not behind" attitude. The other thing is that he must assemble a team that can produce the Roosevelt type effort to right the ship of state. We can do this, we are strong enough. Those coming up behind us deserve it, those who went before earned it.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:58 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

Bringing something pretty into the world. I'm indulging in a little urban agriculture, seeding my new planter box outside, plus a rose bush, and getting a program started that will turn the apartment into a floral refuge. When I moved in here last April, the manager said "For the time being, absolutely no visitors." So we look for company and enlightenment elsewhere.

The strife and suffering in the world outside is daunting. We have to cope with the fear and madness caused by the plague and our malignant political situation on top of our personal turmoil. We look for solace in our gods, our music, our poetry, ourselves.

The lunatic is in my head
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade
You make the change
You rearrange me til I'm sane
You lock the door and throw away the key
There's someone in my head, but it's not me

Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 02:40 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin

The View From the Tenderloin

July. Four months into this "shelter in place". Four months, and the nation is in a very bad place. We are quarantined internationally. There is no national, coordinated strategy for fighting this plague. The party in power barely acknowledges it. Nothing will be done in that regard until after the election and the new team transitions in. It will take a Roosevelt sized effort to right this ship.
Personally, I'm torn. Like many, there is a player missing from my life, and it's devastating to me. That player was there before all this came down, and will never be back. It rips me up. I've been physically damaged by the plague, and it's not over yet.
On the other hand, my home is locked in, it's not in jeopardy as so many are about to be. My home care provider is here most of the time, it's like having a servant. My income is guaranteed, no matter how badly the republicans screw the pooch. This, what will no doubt be the last chapter of my life, is strange beyond belief.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 02:22 PM (13 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

Well well, isn't that interesting. Is Fascism starting to lose it's appeal? The less than inspiring attendance at Coronafest 2020 makes me wonder what's up. The apparent waning enthusiasm could be a number of things. Mitch saying no more stimulus money? Reports that there would be no unemployment extension? People are going to start losing their apartments, which means building owners are going to start defaulting on mortgages. People are seeing the writing on the wall.

The plague. People are starting to see the blood on the walls. Word is getting out that surviving the initial infection is just the beginning. The damage caused by an out of control immune system is extensive. No one knows yet the end.
I'd say Shitler is in a world of hurt. Vote Blue, all the way down the ticket.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat Jun 20, 2020, 08:37 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

It's taken me a few weeks to find my calm, to get centered. Time to understand how lucky I am, the great living situation, all the resources I have. For the first time in quite a while I took a walk through the old neighborhood, stretching my legs, listening to the headphones. It's still the rough underbelly of downtown, of this great City, too much trash, too many tents, still vestiges of hopelessness. The flotsam of humanity that cannot be hidden, no matter the circumstance. All against a blue and sunny background, immersed in my Pink Floyd.
I ache internally, as does my home care provider. We both caught the plague last January, and are trying to understand the severity of it's aftermath. With us, it seems to be damage to my kidneys and his lungs. Surviving the initial infection is just the beginning. Wear your masks, keep your distance, stay safe.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Fri Jun 19, 2020, 01:26 PM (2 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin

The View from the Tenderloin

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what's going on out there in crazy land. San Francisco is moving slowly and carefully to reopen. I did a walk about today with my home care provider, while we saw a few people without masks, the great majority were wearing them. It's the law here now.
Post viral complications of Covid-19. Think of it as post plague consequences. So you've had it, and for a number of possible reasons, came out of it alive. You can't get it or give it again. Thank your Gods for that. But you are not unscathed. If any of your organs were in the least bit stressed when you caught it, they were damaged. Blood clots in the lungs, damaged kidneys, and other possibilities. This is going to be a huge part of many peoples lives from now on. This is going to force the issue of universal healthcare. The economic damage will force other changes as well.
I am not optimistic about my personal outcome. My friend and home care provider are both going to be facing these consequences. My little buddy has gone back to his family, and I am happy about that. There is no doubt he has suffered damage as well.
And then there is the political situation. Other countries speak openly about how police departments in the US kill people of color for sport. This has got to end. It won't end with the current crop of Fascists in charge. They must be voted out and replaced with intelligent, competent leadership.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat May 30, 2020, 06:46 PM (0 replies)
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