Coffee and Contemplation: Tie One on for Safety

November 16 through December 31 is designated as the Tie One on for Safety Holiday Campaign organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). It started in 1983 to convince people have a designated driver when drinking. The idea is the sober driver wears a red ribbon, so everyone knows they are the driver. Hence the phrase tie one on meaning a ribbon. The number of traffic-related deaths caused by drunk drivers increases during the holiday season. This is why the campaign last for about 6 weeks. Since the creation of new taxi services such as Lyft and Uber, it should be easier than ever to avoid driving after a night of drinking.

What folks don’t want to talk about this year is the increase in Covid-19 cases as we approach Winter. This means you shouldn’t travel for the holidays. Also, you should do all your drinking at home to social distance. If we can tie one on for safety, then we should be able to stay home for safety. There are many who still believe Covid-19 is a hoax. Whether you do or don’t, the flu is real, bronchitis is real, strep throat is real. Wear a face mask to help protect you from those illnesses during the Winter. Mask up for safety should be a thing too.

The United States is the Worst Country

As I type this, the US is still counting votes in some states for yesterday’s election. What upsets me is the staggering amount of people who still voted for someone who has allowed 230,000 + people to die from Covid-19. They voted for someone who has allowed children to be separated from their families at the US/Mexico Border. Many have spoken out about this including representatives from the United Nations. However, no one has taken any action. This election has been too close for comfort. Why? Because the United States Citizens are terrible human beings.

Not everyone of us is like this, but the vast majority do not care about other people. They believe Covid-19 is a hoax. They believe the Earth is flat. They’re okay with people of color being murdered by police. Many people want to say that we shouldn’t judge others and should try to live in peace. These people do not want peace. They do not want change. They want to continue living with their privilege and murdering anyone who isn’t like them. This country is on the precipice of another civil war. Regardless of who wins this election, the losing side will fight back. 

What bothers me most is that the United Nations was created to help prevent such things from happening. The League of Nations was founded following World War I to prevent such things from happening again. It was disbanded after World War II because it had failed. The United Nations was then created. As awful things happen again, endangering the lives of people not just from our own country but our neighboring countries, the United Nations has strongly disagreed with US policies. To my knowledge that’s all they’ve done. Whether the United States embarks on another civil war or not, I believe the United Nations has failed just as its predecessor failed. 

The United States is the land of the free to die and the home of white supremacy.

One Thing to Consider When Attending a Protest

With the way things have escalated in Portland, and with authorities saying they will send these federal troops to other Democratic led cities, everyone needs to prepare for this in their own cities. I wish I didn’t have to say this at all. Whether you support the Second Amendment and have stockpiled weapons or are a pacifist who wants to fight for your freedom, there is one thing you should have if you don’t already. A Gas Mask. This is more important than weapons. It will protect you from Covid-19, but it’s also helpful against tear gas.

Tear gas, also called CS gas, is a chemical compound used as a non-lethal weapon to disarm and demobilize people. It irritates the skin, the eyes, the nose, and throat. Your skin feels like its burning. Your eye water and burn. You cough. All the mucus in your head comes out of your nose. It isn’t pleasant. You’ll survive. After about 15 minutes, you’ll feel better. Your sinuses will feel better too. With a gas mask, the chemical will still irritate your skin, but with a little resolve you can keep moving. You’ll still feel uncomfortable.

You may have seen photos from Portland of people in gas masks wielding hockey sticks to throw back tear gas canisters. Walls of people protecting each other from Federal Agents. This is what government oppression looks like. If you still support the Orange Nazi in the White House, you are against Democracy and Human Decency. You do not care for others and are selfish. There are a few other things that might be helpful when dealing with protests and unwarranted federal agents. These are optional so don’t feel obligated to get any of these things. Always have a gas mask.

Shield of some kind can protect you from rubber bullets. Shields are versatile in that you can protect yourself and use it to bash against something if needed. I recommend something that covers most of your body and can easily be swung around with one arm. Think of Captain America’s shield but longer so you don’t have to squat to cover your whole body. Armor may be necessary. This could be Kevlar or something as simple as the gear a baseball player wears in the position of catcher. Elbow pads and knee pads at a minimum will help if getting knocked down on the pavement.

If it can be arranged, having a water canon at your disposal can help your fellow citizens. Police have used this during riots with success and you may need something to push them back. This could be from a fire hydrant or fire truck. I only mean for this to be used if necessary. And I only mean this to be used against an Authoritarian State ruled by fascists. And the best course of action is a military tactic. Outnumber them three to one. The military always sends more troops than needed to ensure a victory. I know there are more citizens than federal agents. They can’t stop everyone.

I hope what’s happening in Portland stops soon and I hope it doesn’t happen in any other city. But I fear things will get worse before they get better. Stay safe out there. Fight the fascists. Never give up. Never surrender. This is our country and our home. We will take it back.