The Madness Chronicles – Episode 16

In this, our 16th episode of the Madness Chronicles, we’ll take a look at the madness of simply watching today’s news reports. Remember, madness is a state of being mentally ill, especially severely, extremely foolish behavior, and a state of frenzied or chaotic activity. Let’s take a look at news around America.

Out of Baltimore, the Mayor is frustrated with more gang shootings over the weekend. The Independent Sentinel reports, “Mayor Begs Criminals to Stop Shooting, so they have Beds for Virus Patients.” It’s a new Mayor, the previous one was just sentenced to jail for corruption. The Mayor says they need the beds for virus patients. Maryland has a grand total of five cases of coronavirus.

Up the road in Philadelphia, we learn City Council decided a couple of unique approaches to virus control in this headline out of the City of Brotherly Love. “Philly Won’t Arrest Thieves, Looters, Drug Dealers but Try Eating a Burger in a Restaurant.” It seems petty criminals will go free, but you can now get arrested for eating in a restaurant. Isn’t that maddening?

Another hour north and we’re in Brooklyn, New York, where the District Attorney is making shoplifting and other crimes legal. He is refusing to prosecute low-level crimes in reaction to… you guessed it, the coronavirus. In a recent Tweet, the ACLU is calling for prisoners to be released from jails all over America. They say it will help stop the spread of the virus. Interestingly, no one to date in prison has tested positive for the corona?

Next door in New York City, Mayor de Blasio warned New Yorkers he may issue an order to shelter in place. California Governor Newsome is making the same saber-rattling noise while announcing he is considering martial law. The announcement came after a total of 13 deaths attributed, but not confirmed, to be from the virus. Of which over half were 70 years of age or older with other contributing physical problems. Is it just me, or is there some real, bonafide frenzied and chaotic activity going on?

One of the best ones I’ve read is that the FBI is curtailing online inquiries into their system as a result of the corona madness. They want all such requests to be handled by mail for the duration of crisis. A question comes to mind. The World Health Organization is strongly recommending that we use credit cards and debit cards because handling cash passes COVID-19. Wouldn’t more mail in the system be riskier than using online services? Not to mention that handling mail is more labor-intensive than letting a computer process inquiries.

There are lots we don’t know about the coronavirus. Is it deadly? Obviously, to a segment of the population. Is it killing Americans? As of today, they’re reporting about 150. Are all 150 deaths from the coronavirus? You can’t get a straight answer. Did all 150 of the people die entirely from the virus? The reports we get suggests that over half of them died of complications from other physical maladies they had before the illness, and well over half are over the age of 70 with many in their 90’s.

Our current charades remind me of many years ago in the jungles of Vietnam serving as a Marine. We were an infantry company, about 150 Marines, ten or so miles from friendlies setting up our perimeter for the night. It was in the badlands of the DMZ. Just before dark fell our Captain called a big meeting. He’d gotten word from G-2, the means Intelligence Section, that we would be attacked that night by a force of 10,000 NVA. He ordered everyone to be on full alert all night. That meant no sleep after humping the mountains all day.

We felt like most Americans feel right now. Enough already. 10,000 of them, 150 of us, who cares. We had two options. Actually, believe those hills around us somehow held a Division of bad guys, or we could roll the dice it was nonsense. Nearly every one of us just went to sleep. That’s what most Americans are doing right now. There is something amiss about our current situation.

May we wake from this madness before it’s too late. I wish you good health and until next time… have fun, enjoy life, and watch out for the madness amongst us.

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