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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

Everyday, every way I can think of, on platforms social and news, I do what I can to raise people awareness on the upcoming general election. Why, I ask myself, do I do it. I'm sure a few of you ask the same thing, I know people get tired of hearing it. This nation has so much potential, it shines through, waiting. If we get the right team in place, magic will happen. It is desperately important that we do this, there are people dying of plague, of racism, and there is fear and rage in the streets. And I can never forget the pictures of children in cages, at the mercy of people with the morals of prison camp guards, God help them.

If we lose, if enough people decide to sit this one out like they did the last one, the type of regime that will be cemented in place will be incredibly difficult to dislodge, and our descendants will suffer. They will not thank us.
We must brace ourselves to our duty, as Mr. Churchill once said, in another desperate time.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat Aug 29, 2020, 07:57 PM (4 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

There is too much going on at once, so I'm gonna keep this local. My planter box occupies a good part of my day, and thoughts. I realized today that I've been looking at it as a piece of art. Everyday, when I go down to putz around, I do some thinning. I call it thinning, but it's actually sculpting. Over the course of days, the piece is evolving. As the flowers start to pop from the Cosmos, Stalk plants, Carpet of Snow, Snap Dragons etc. that process will only accelerate. It's magic, and therapy all rolled into one. It's priceless.

I'm going to talk a bit about the fires in wine country, as that too, alas, is local. The air here in SF is toxic, and as much as I love being outside, it's not a good idea. Healdsburg is being evacuated as we speak, and to me, that is unimaginable. God help them.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Aug 24, 2020, 03:09 PM (10 replies)

An oportunity for Gov. Newsom

Biden's pick for V.P. means the Governor of California will be able to pick her replacement in the Senate. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that he will pick himself.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:50 PM (7 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

Watching the news, and talking with my caregiver this morning got me to thinking. The "riots/demonstrations" dominate much of the coverage. The anger and outrage that is generated by all this tends to block clear thinking. How do we fix this?
The plague. That has to come first, as inconvenient as that fact is, there is no way around it. Once that is under control, one way or the other I guess, the answer is simple.

Put people back to work. Everyone knows that, both parties are aware, hell, even Hitler knew that. Millions of jobs are gone, and those that do come back will come back slowly. The Biden administration, God willing, can put people to work doing infrastructure and generally fixing the disaster left by the Trump criminal enterprise. Working people don't have much energy for demonstrations or anything else.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 12:13 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin
I used to think about, as I'm sure others have, why the people of the USA didn't hit the streets and protest like they do in Europe. Jobs. Their jobs were/are protected for things like that, ours weren't.
My how things change. The government was used to the old way, now they are being steam rolled by the new reality. Most of the jobs are gone now. I am proud of these BLM protesters and the citizens who have come out to stand with them.
I understand that the administration will go apoplectic that citizens would take a stand, they are looking for diversions from the plague and the relentlessly awful job they are doing with that. This allows them to throw the law and order meat to their base, even if they have to use old footage from overseas to justify their ugliness.
Lets give all our support and our prayers to those citizens who are standing tall for all of us. It's terrifying to protest in a police state.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Jul 27, 2020, 10:47 PM (0 replies)

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)
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