Coronavirus dominated our news, our minds & our future. Retake offered varied perspectives from Buddhists to scientists with charts, maps, videos & advice on how to practice social distancing. Now: Time to Shelter in Place.
Today, we republish the posts from last week, each of which had a very different perspective on COVID-19, our state and national leadership and how all of us need to support each other. Links to each are offered below. This is an excellent post to share with friends as many are holed up at home with time to read and the last week’s posts offer sanguine insights into how to cope with today and tomorrow.
Tomorrow we will begin exploring what we need to learn from the pandemic and what new kinds of systems we need to seek for a saner, more just future. We will continue to offer coverage of COVID-19, but feel it is important to buoy our spirits, as what is coming is going to be very tough to digest. It will help to have one eye on the horizon.
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Question I: We have been using Zoom to connect with family, friends, and others. Would it be good to have Retake host a Zoom in a week or so? Perhaps show a share a brief video focusing on political and economic transformation and then have an open, largely unmediated discussion? Please comment and suggest other topics or zoom options.
Question II: How is the blog doing? What else could we be covering? Are you over-saturated on COVID-19 or get enough elsewhere? Or has what we’ve published been timely and useful? Let us know.
Action: Earth Care / YUCCA Mutual Aid Network. This effort is being coordinated by Raashan Ahmad/Beth Gutelius and organizers with Earth Care YUCCA/Red Nation/Santa Fe DSA/Fathers NM. EC YUCCA has shifted its climate organizing campaign to focus on mutual aid and is helping to staff this effort. Here’s the idea: pair those in need in Santa Fe with those able to help by filling out this form. Tell YUCCA if you need help, the kind of help you need or tell them what you can do to help meet the needs of others. They’ll do our best to match offers with requests.
Action: We are facing what could be a rather extended lockdown. This is hard enough for a couple, but for those friends of ours who live alone, it must feel far more isolating. Make a list of a few folks you know who live alone and maybe call one of them each day this week, just to say hello, how are you doing?
An Illuminating Interactive US Map: “The Curve” for Each State
Click here for an interactive map of the US showing the curve, estimated hospitalizations and deaths for each state under four scenarios: do nothing, Texas-style shelter in place, full shelter in place, and Wujan style lockdown. Thanks, Dan Potter, for sending this our way. The good news: If NM behaves and we shelter in place, we can keep deaths below 1000.
The bad news: If we don’t behave 32,000 New Mexicans could die. Shelter in place!!! You Can Do This!!!
A Look Back At A Very Rough Week
Today, we offer links to all four posts from last week, along with one from eight days ago. We’ve been publishing the blog for almost four years now and it is often surprising how readers respond. Sometimes a post we think is incredibly important and well developed goes largely overlooked and then something slse goes unexpectedly viral (an apt term these days). The post immediately below was published on March 15, over a week ago, and yet it continues to be opened by over 100 folks even now and has been read by more of you than any post we’ve ever written. Actually twice as many ‘reads’ as any post we’ve done. If you missed it, find out what the stir is about.
Otherwise, I’d most recommend the post from yesterday, at the bottom of this post as it has also been widely shared and it lays out clearly why even social distancing will not get this done. We need to lockdown.
An Important Coronavirus Message from Albert Hsu, LANL Scientist
Sunday, March 15. This post was read more than any post in Retake’s four years by a very, very large margin. It offers two very different, but very important perspectives on COVID-19. HSU lays out very clearly the science behind this epidemic and why it is indeed an enormous threat to millions of Americans. We then provide a spiritual view on the epidemic from Paul Levy a decade-long practicing Buddhist and spiritual leader.
How Long Will Social Distancing Continue? + a Piece on Suicide Among Rural Farmers
Tuesday, March 17. Links to two COVID-19 articles, one projecting how long social distancing will be required and a 2nd on why people should NOT shop again unless absolutely necessary.
Plus we break from coronavirus coverage and examine the plight of rural farmers. This is an important read, as the piece on rural America makes clear that corporate America and both political parties have sold them a false bill of goods, that they suffer the same form of capitalist exploitation as the urban poor and that there is much to be gained from helping rural America and urban America identify their common foe.
GOP Leader Declares Trump Presidency “Over,” Naomi Klein Calls for a Movement & What Happens if Trump Cancelled the Election
Thursday, March 19. I read dozens of coronavirus pieces in the last 2-3 days and today I share the best along with an important video from Naomi Klein. We also hear from a GOP leader declaring Trump’s presidency over & a piece on Trump trying to secure a vaccine for the US only, essentially trying to bribe a German firm to give the US an “exclusive” deal. Please note that the article describing what would transpire if the President cancelled the US election missed some nuances that will be covered in Tuesday’s post.
Trump Knew, He Did Nothing & Now He Lies; Hundreds of Thousands May Die
Saturday, March 21. From multiple credible sources: Trump knew about the looming pandemic in January, and studies done in 2017 and 2019 pointed to how poorly prepared the US was to fight a pandemic. And Trump did nothing. And now we are far behind in addressing the virus and with a president who stubbornly refuses to offer support to States.
If You Think We Are Over-Reacting, Think Again; Read This and You Will Want to Stay Home
Sunday, March 22. The post drew from a tremendous piece of writing by Jeff Wise, published in the Intelligencer. It traces a single New Yorker on an innocent coffee date and how that one decision leads to the virus moving to scores of others. Wise combines the science of how the virus multiplies with a deeply human view of how it impacts those infected. A very powerful piece and one that was shared broadly. People who dismiss the gravity of the situation need to read this post. It also includes a short video of the Governor of Illinois’ press conference featuring a hospital medical directors impassioned plea. Also powerful and worth your viewing.
Hang in there, friends. We’ve got a long haul and we need each other.
Paul & Roxanne