Journal of the Plague Year (#17)

Berkeley, CA July 13, 2020 — When you’re in the midst of what seems to be a historically notable period, it’s very difficult to tell what that “midst” is.  Or how long it will last before one can credibly say it’s “over.” In 1763, those recently arrived North Americans who opposed British rule had little idea they […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#15)

Berkeley, CA June 29, 2020 — Once, I lived, very briefly, with bats. It was in a partially collapsed barn, on the edge of a large 50-acre field in southeast Vermont. Once part of a setting for small subsistence farms, partly gone to seed. The 20 or 30 cows who once grazed there had been […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#14)

Berkeley, CA June 22, 2020 — The Fusion Centers were working overtime this past week.  You probably didn’t know. Reading daily newspapers wouldn’t have helped you. Nor would listening to the radio or watching TV. And unless you happen to have the internet-diving skills of an Edward Snowden or a Julian Assange (not to equate […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#12)

Berkeley, CA June 8, 2020 — “Trump called the May jobs report a ‘tremendous tribute to equality’ although it showed that African American employment actually declined last month. And he suggested that George Floyd would be pleased at the news. ‘Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying “This is a great thing happening […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#11)

Berkeley, CA June 1, 2020 — Coast to coast, they’re drifting back to campuses, starting this week. From modest institutions like the San Mateo Union School District to medium size campuses like Fresno State to megabucks domains like USC, unused buildings and open spaces will start to look inhabited again. Inhabited not by students and […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#10)

Berkeley, CA May 25, 2020 — Let’s look at history. At 11 a.m. on November 13, 1941, three weeks before the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy’s ships at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, the entire New York City school system, 1.1 million students in 1000 schools, participated simultaneously in a drill. These expanded nationwide during the […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#9)

Berkeley, CA, May 18, 2020 – With the still largely undefined and unvanquished coronavirus continuing to ravage the world to an unknown degree, the spotlight now seems to be shifting to another unknown, undefined, and unvanquished phenomenon. Money. Massive budget deficits are projected for just about every national, state, international and local jurisdiction. Revenues are […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#8)

Berkeley, CA 5/11/2020 – Lacking, as we all are, anything like responsible, responsive, informed sources about the COVID – 19 Pandemic, we cluster, knowingly or not, around a few people who seem worth listening to. The major one in the scientific penumbra is Dr. Anthony Fauci. The major one in the political spectrum is New […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#7)

Berkeley, CA – May 4, 2020 “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with.” Thus spoke then California Governor Ronald Reagan to a 1970 farm owner’s convention in Yosemite. He was talking about the “mess” caused by protestors against the Vietnam War in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara. And also […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#6)

Berkeley, CA 4/27/2020 — In 1921, at the age of 39, Franklin Delano Roosevelt felt ill one night after dinner. He went to bed, but woke up the next morning drenched in sweat, weak, and feeling dizzy.  His doctor recommended bed rest and aspirin. When there was no improvement, a specialist in viral disease was summoned.  […]

Journal of the Plague Year (#5)

Berkeley, April 20 – All these years, all these crises later, the advice hasn’t changed. “Get down to Disney World in Florida,” said President George W. Bush after the September 11 premeditated murders, planned and perpetrated by our longtime acolytes, the Saudi Arabians. “Take your families and enjoy life the way it’s meant to be […]

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