Staff writer Isabelle Dijols parses through some of the gaslighting being pushed by the dogmatic and reactionary Libertarians in the context of last weekend’s skeletal “anti- lockdown “ protests completely blown out of proportion by the mainstream media. She addresses the ‘suicide’ argument regarding economic hardship and the the very insidious ‘it’s just the flu’ argument.

Isabelle will not waste your time, gaslight you, or throw you a fake bone. She gets to the point right away, with sources, so dear readers, here is today’s scoop!

About suicide (from an Oxford U study I will quote my source below): “A dramatic spike in suicides between 2008 and 2010 can be linked with the economic crisis, according to a study published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Researchers from the University of Oxford compared suicide data from before 2007 with the years of the crisis and found more than 10,000 “economic suicides” associated with the recession across the U.S., Canada and Europe.”
This is tragic and we need to be prepared for the worse here. And that’s the tip of the iceberg in terms of mental health. But as of today, in just a few weeks, there have been about 50,000 deaths in the US alone from covid-19, so if we look at the statistics, Covid19 will be the source of a much greater carnage if we don’t flatten the curve until we find a remedy and a vaccine. When possible, we need to hunker down as a nation to stabilize the situation. I agree the economical repercussions will be devastating, and no one is sheltered from a very scary turn of job loss and financial crisis. But the longer we delay the stabilization of the curve, the greater the consequences will be. In my opinion we need to find strength and resilience and look at past generations that went through the Great Depression, WII – it’s our turn to rise to the occasion. Hunker down and do what you can to stay healthy and be able to help our country. Covid19 is a vicious circle – the more people don’t stay home, the more people get contaminated, the more people die, the more devastating it is for towns to manage hospital beds, morgues, and the sheer ability to stay on top of public health services that we take for granted.

Here’s my source on the suicides associated to the Greater Depression of 2008.

About the flu – we need to be careful to compare it to Covid19. We know a lot about the flu, we’ve been dealing with it for ever and have a lot of information about its behavior. We have access to drugs that have been specifically developed and tested to treat a flu patient (Tamiflu); we also have developed vaccination and are able to anticipate each flu season with more or less success. Even with vaccination and Tamiflu available, the number of deaths from the flu is quite high (but still trailing behind deaths from heart diseases, cancer and accidents). With Covid19 we have data that’s about 5-months old, we have no confirmed treatment, we have no vaccine and even test kits are not 100% reliable from what I understand.

So let’s hit the pause button for a few more weeks…by staying healthy and alive you will be the agent of change you want to see in our society, you will be the person that will engineer new ways to preserve rights and liberties…humans have been extremely inventive and resourceful through each global crisis…there will be new tools to communicate, be it in the legal sector, medical sector, education, commerce…just be patient for a few weeks. I’m an optimist, can’t help it.

The check is in the mail

I’m hoping my frustration is felt across-the-aisle, in a non-polarized way.

Am I the only one who thinks that the $1200 relief check is a mix between a joke and an insult, for the average American family?

I am not denying the obvious benefit: it will be a lifesaver if there’s an emergency medical bill, a car or household appliance that needs immediate repair, and imminent bill payment that will keep a debt collector at bay (for a minute).

But beyond that immediate injection of relief, what happens? What’s the plan?

-Students loans will still be there
-Mortgage payments/rent will still be there
-Groceries and utilities will still be there
-Salaries will still be stagnant and not catching up with inflation
-Unemployment (if one qualifies for it) will still be a mere 6 months and COBRA is not cheap!

Not sure what planet our lawmakers live on but $1,200.00 won’t take anyone very far in 2020.

Meanwhile do you know how long it takes to a CEO to make $1,200.00?

I am not saying I want CEOs to make less money after all I am completely enmeshed in, and benefiting from the liberal economy model and would be quite a hypocrite to deny that.

But wouldn’t it make sense the billionaires pay more taxes so we can inject that tax dollar into real solutions to help families.

Bill Gates agrees he should pay more taxes and I’m sure he’s not the only to think that.

The $1,200 check is not as outrageous as Marie-Antoinette’s infamous cake, but the out-of-touchness of it is getting me worked up.


Today a pickup truck full of corpses showed up at the Philadelphia city morgue. They were pulled out by their feet.

There is a lot that we do not know about this virus, however let us focus on what we are pretty sure is true:

People without any symptoms whatsoever can be carrying and can transmit this virus to others. So that means that anybody that you see could potentially be carrying the virus and could give it to you. There is no way of knowing at this time how you will react to the virus; young or old, sick or healthy.

At this point in time what we don’t know is very important. It would be nice to know alot of things about our current situation such as:

How long will it take before someone who has the virus still be contagious?

How will we personally react to the virus?

How exactly contagious is the virus?

How is the virus really spreading?

How contagious is it through the air? From talking, breathing, walking on the street? Walking through the park? Walking through our apartment building? Walking into an elevator? Walking into a subway car or bus?

There is a lot of talk about the 6 foot rule. You must truly question this! Where is this 6 foot rule coming from? Do you really think that the 6 foot rule is enough? Do you really feel comfortable being just 6 feet from someone who is absolutely contagious? How do you know if the person six from you is contagious or not?

Oh yes, more questions than answers if you really think about it!

We strongly suggest that you seriously think things through, from your trip to the grocery store to just walking down the street on the sidewalk. How safe is each of these activities? A run in the park? A walk in the park? Where do you go that is safe and is not safe? When do you think it will be safe again by looking at the numbers in the maps? This is a time to really look at the raw data that is out there being collected by journalists and news organizations.

Just one year ago we were putting up pictures and talking about the Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. We were admiring the Trilliums and Bluebells. We have been worried about the oil pipeline that they wanted to put through the preserve and of course global warming.