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The purpose of www.poetslife.blogspot.com is to: * Through my company American Tactical Civil Defense, to promote the art of civil defense owners * Through Poetslife, my civil defense blog posts for 20-years, to give Americans practical civil defense training * Through my volunteer work as the vice president of the The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA.ORG) to teach practical American civil defense planning, strategy, and preparedness through my articles in the Journal of Civil Defense

12/06/2021

1721 Boston Smallpox Epidemic Lessons for the 2020-22 Red Chines Virus

The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic that Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics by Stephen Coss, published in 2016, offers so many lessons that apply to the Red Chinese use of a bioweapon against the world. I explore just a few below.

1. The Freedom and Liberty to Pursue Knowledge, Including Medical Knowledge, is Critical.

In the Fever of 1721 Coss describes how smallpox broke out in the city of Boston. But rather than as in the past when people just had to allow the horrors rage through their families and kill, disfigure and blind their loved ones. the Puritan preacher Cotton Mather was able to convince the one Boston doctor, Zabdiel Boylston, to experiment with a smallpox vaccination. As with the Covid 19 pandemic today, the medical establishment and politically powerful at the time tried to stop Dr. Boylston, but he persevered, saved hundreds, and began a process that eventually led to the worldwide eradication of smallpox. 

2. The Human Spirit Triumphs over Authoritarianism and Tyranny

The Dr. Anthony Fauci of the time was a highly trained medical immigrant Scot named William Douglas. When Cotton Mather contacted him and other doctors with a paper that explained how the Greeks in Constantinople used a smallpox inoculation, and the example of a Boston African slave named Onesimus who also used the same technique successfully like the Greeks, William Douglas dismissed it as quackery. And he ordered all the other doctors to ignore it. 

Did Boylston stop? Temporarily. But as sick and terrified patients kept showing up at his house begging to be inoculated yet to be struck or to prevent full blown smallpox, he treated them. Even when he was cursed and threatened by other Boston citizens who agreed with William Douglas, he continued to treat sick patients and to inoculate healthy patients. 

There was even an assassination attempt against Cotton Mather on November 14, 1721. Someone threw an incendiary iron ball and lit fuse inside his  house where he was allowing three patients from outside Boston, against official lock down orders. 

Despite the enormous pressure from the medical establishment and local government, Boylston continued to inoculate and treat Boston's citizens.

When Williams found out that Boylston was continuing to perform the procedure, he organized a kangaroo court to forbid him from continuing under penalty of imprisonment. Boylston waited a few days, and then continued to fight the authoritarianism and tyranny of the medical establishment and politicians by treating additional patients.

 3. The Wealthy Boston Merchants Hid the Smallpox  

Coss describes how the wealthy merchants in Boston then kept the lid on the smallpox outbreak to prevent an interruption in the export and import business. The merchants, their representatives in the local assembly and the newspapers, pushed the lie that the lethality of smallpox in Boston was exaggerated and steadily diminishing. They did this over and over until the very end of  the epidemic.

How truthful have current merchants been about the Red Chinese virus?

4. The Law of Unintended Consequences Applies to all Natural and Manmade Disasters

The 1721 Boston Smallpox, like all natural and manmade disasters, resulted in unintended consequences. Coss describes how James Franklin, along with his indentured servant Benjamin Franklin, revolutionized and began to practice freedom of the press. Benjamin Franklin was thrown in prison for challenging the authority of the Crown. But he continued to fight, as did his younger brother Ben.  So, too, did Elisha Cooke, a populist politician who took on the Crown. Cooke had dinners with a young Sam Adams who liked the ideas of freedom and the natural rights of man that he learned at dinners with him.

As today, the more repressive, untruthful and authoritarian the medical and political establishment became in Boston in 1721, the more the citizens resisted and supported Boylston. That process will repeat in 2022.

I encourage you to read the Fever of 1721 for the lessons it offers on disease, panic, lying, greed, authoritarianism, and the eventual triumph of freedom and truth.

As we come to the end of the virility of the Red Chinese Virus, the 1721 Boston smallpox epidemic offers these and many other lessons. We survived that one due to the ingenuity, courage, creativity, and grit of the American mind, spirit, and medical advances.

The same will happen again.

12/01/2021

Solemnity of Christ the King and Today's World

Here is a homily a monk frond of mine delivered on November 19th and 20th, 2021 on the Solemnity of Christ the King. As he travelled to Eastern Europe in the early 1980's, he saw the suffering communism imposed on people. He is concerned the same is happing right now in the United States of America. His warning is worth considering.

In contrast, the only color I remember seeing was gray,

Solemnity of Christ the King

November 19/20, 2021 - St. Michael – Poplar Springs

 On August 23, 1976, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla visited central Wisconsin, including a stop and lunch at the farm of my cousin Maynard Zdroik. 

The Cardinal was accompanied on this day by another cousin, Leonard Groshek, who was a member of the State Assembly, and his wife Regina, who 26 years later, attended my first Mass at the age of 89. 

Little did anyone know that just over two years later, this visitor would be standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s as Pope John Paul II. 

 A few years later, Wednesday, March 26, 1980, a candidate for President visited my hometown. 

The kids were released from school to listen to him…he spoke from the bandstand which still stands on the old courthouse square (the courthouse has since been replaced by a library). 

Less than ten months later, standing in front of the United States Capitol, as Ronald Reagan was giving his inaugural address as the new President, fifty-two Americans who had been held hostage in Tehran for 444 days were released.

Just a few months ago, men and women of my age from my hometown were posting on Facebook their photos of Ronald Reagan’s visit to Waupaca… all taken while he was in our beloved bandstand.

 Both, were men of hope…seeing the best in others and expressing a vision of hope which shaped my generation. 

Their words were about freedom and the inherent dignity of the human person.

They were able, through word, sincerity and enthusiasm, express a vision for the future which was so bright and vivid, that one could imagine it in the minds eye. During my first walk in 1990 down the Krakowskie PrzedmieĊ›cie (the Royal Way), which was previously and is again today, the most luxurious street in Warsaw.

It was, to be blunt, depressing.

The businesses along that famous street had little to sell.

One store would sell buckles for shoes, the place next door, buttons, another store had things on display, but not for sale, as there was a long waiting list.

Restaurants had limited, but tasty, food available.

 Only the churches seemed to have color…once one stepped through the doors.

They were full of people much of the day. Everyone stopped for Mass, a publicly prayed or private rosary, just a few moments of quiet prayer.

A place of hope in the midst of a country which had just thrown off the yoke of Communism and whose people were working hard to bring about a renewal of every aspect of life.

 Despite being a shock, it was really no surprise, as only a few years prior, Teresa, one of my family’s long time employees would gather used clothing and even spices like black pepper to send to her family in Poland. 

As the financial situation of the Communist regime worsened, the country was no longer able to pay to import items, like spices, which could not be produced there…and they often exported the highest quality items of what they did produce to obtain cash to prop up the collapsing system.

 On that same trip to Eastern Europe,

I arrived in Bucharest, Romania on January 6, 1991…Christmas Eve for the Orthodox, who make up the majority of t he country’s population.

There were huge thoroughfares in the city…eight lanes wide…with a handful of cars.  Few people owned them.

The resources of the country had been poured into huge building projects,       but many massive buildings and wide roads were close to empty.

The military still came out in large numbers to try to maintain order, as their dictator and his wife had been executed only a year prior, and the people were suffering severe hardship.

 I will never forget seeing the vigil candle stands which had been brought out of the churches and placed in the locations around the city where bloodshed had taken place in the struggle to overthrow tyranny. 

The candles burned around the clock. 

So many lives lost in the struggle for freedom.

 I wanted to make my way to Suceava, a city in the north of the country,

          located in an area known for its painted monasteries.

Leaving in a very simple rental car, as I drove through the countryside on a very foggy evening, there were hundreds of people walking along the roads, or riding in simple horse drawn buckboards, going from village to village to be with family on Orthodox Christmas Eve.

There were no flashlights or electric lights.

Only kerosene lanterns in the hand or affixed to the horse drawn vehicle. I had stepped back in time almost a hundred years.

 After a somewhat nerve wracking drive, I arrived at the hotel where I had a reservation.

After checking in and going up to the room, I went down to the front desk to ask about making a telephone call to the USA to let my family know that I arrived safely.

I asked, “Is it possible to make a telephone call to the United States?”

The very polite woman at the front desk answered, “Someday it will be possible, but not today.”

 Over the next week, I saw once again the poverty imposed by Marxist ideology.

In the rare shop that had anything, the shopkeepers would try to detain me until they could get a family member of friend who might have something I might want to buy for US dollars. 

Thus, in a shop selling postcards, I was suddenly being shown handmade sweaters, amazing lace table cloths and embroidery of the highest quality, all made by folks trying to survive.

A year prior to my visit, in a last ditch effort to avoid an overthrow, the dictator had increased the monthly pension for retirees by the equivalent of fifty cents.

Just as the streets of Poland were gray, the interior of public buildings in Romania were dark.

There were elaborate light fixtures everywhere…often so many that it was garish, but there would be one bulb in a fixture designed for 20 bulbs.

The stairways in the hotels were so dark that it was hazardous.

Dining rooms were dimly lit, not to give ambiance, but because of a lack of lightbulbs.

It seemed that lightbulbs had to be imported, and there was no money to do so.

Amazingly, the only place that had lightbulbs was the Catholic churches – probably because the Church in the West donated them-and the Catholics installed them on every nook and cranny inside their churches as a symbol of defiance against the darkness…both figurative and literal...of Communism.

 Of course, all of what I described seems like ancient history, having taken place between 45 and 30 years ago.

Memories fade.  New generations have their own experiences.

Stories are written.  Some important stories go unwritten.

And, as a people, we often think that when doing things that have failed before, it will somehow be different this time!

 We live in a world filled with information in which false narratives often supersede facts, sloppy ideologies displace truth, and waves of people hop on the latest bandwagon as if it were their vehicle to salvation. 

 If you doubt that political ideology has widely replaced theology in the hearts of

many people, I invite you to ask:

Have religious pilgrimages been replaced by political rallies?

Have religious processions been set aside in favor of protests and riots?

Have theologians been replaced by ideologues as the source of our shared values?

 We have become fixated on the here and now, and the eternal has been lost to many.

Treasure on earth, rather than treasure in heaven.

 Why is there not a wedding taking place every few weeks in this church?

Why is the number of baptisms in serious decline across the nation?

Why have funerals, if there is a funeral at all, become a “check the box” affair,

which occurs at a time and place that is convenient  to everyone’s schedule?  Why is the body of the deceased treated with so little reverence…

there are folks who are liquefying their loved ones or having them made into jewelry.

 A decade or so ago, it could be said that secularism and atheism were creeping into our society. 

No longer. 

Now, they are holding rallies in our town squares and even “victory parades” on the main thoroughfares of almost every city, town and village in America. 

 Seventy four years ago this past week, the Catholic Bishops of the US released a statement on secularism which is well worth sharing with you.

 “Secularism which exiles God from human life clears the way for the acceptance of godless subversive ideologies — just as religion, which keeps God in human life, has been the one outstanding opponent of totalitarian tyranny.

Religion has been its first victim; for tyrants persecute what they fear.

 Thus secularism, as the solvent of practical religious influence in the everyday life of men and nations, is not indeed the most patent, but in a very true sense the most insidious hindrance to world reconstruction within the strong framework of God's natural law.

There would be more hope for a just and lasting peace if the leaders of the nations were really convinced that secularism which disregards God, as well as militant atheism which utterly denies Him, offer no sound basis for stable international agreements for enduring respect for human rights or for freedom under law.”

Catholic Bishops of the USA 11/14/1947

Just this week, it was reported that the Department of Health and Human Services is preparing regulations which would place Catholic health-care providers in an untenable position,” forcing them to choose between staying in business “or provide services and products that are in direct conflict with our basic Catholic teachings.”

This is not by accident.  It is an agenda.  Ask yourselves, just who is advancing it?

 In a statement, a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops spokesperson said,

“The reports of multiple actions by the Department of Health and Human Services this week appear to demonstrate a troubling attack on the religious freedom and rights of conscience of health care and child welfare providers, which will only serve to harm their beneficiaries.

We continue to assert our right to serve others regardless of background and in accord with our faith.”

 “Today’s Solemnity, that of Christ the King, was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of our thinking and living and organizes our lives as if God did not exist.

The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's sovereignty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.”                                                                   (Catholic Culture Online)

We are reminded that “Christ is God, the Creator of the universe and hence wields a supreme power over all things; "All things were created by Him.”

Christ is our Redeemer, He purchased us by His precious Blood, and made us His property and possession; Christ is Head of the Church, "holding in all things the primacy";God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion.

We are also reminded of the qualities of Christ's kingdom. This kingdom is:

1) Supreme, extending not only to all people but also to their princes and kings;

2) Universal, extending to all nations and to all places;

3) Eternal, for "The Lord shall sit a King forever";

4) Spiritual, Christ's "kingdom is not of this world".”  (Msgr. Rudolph G. Bandas)

My brothers and sisters,

          I shared many recollections from my youth with you today, not to give a decades old travelogue, but to stand as a witness to the fact that the failed ideologies of the past, even if covered over and given a new look, much like retread tires, are really not roadworthy, and are doomed to fail when we rely on them most.

 It is true that as people of faith, we are often the target of those who seek to get us out of the picture, so they can implement an agenda rooted in ideologies contrary to the Faith, unhindered by our commitment to upholding the inherent the dignity of the human person.

 But, as Saint Pope John Paul II said often, “Be not Afraid.”

 They can take everything from us.

They can reduce us, to what were called in the Soviet Union, “former people.”

These were people, who after the so-called October Revolution in Russia, lost their social status; namely the aristocracy, imperial military, bureaucracy, clergy, etc.

The "former people" were a target of severe persecution of various kinds by the Communist regime.

 

We, as devout Catholics, may suffer in similar or in different ways, but the story does not end there.

We know that the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is eternal.

Other kingdoms, regimes, or whatever one calls them, and their rulers will slip away, but Christ is King for all eternity.

10/27/2021

The Positives of the Pandemic

Note: The article below will be in the upcoming 50th Anniversary Issue of the Journal of Civil Defense (TACDA.ORG) by the The American Civil Defense Association.

Disasters, like the release of the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) bioweapon,  are experienced differently by everyone. What each person goes through determines the lessons they learn from the event.


Here are mine. 
I hope they help you and your family during the next disaster. Please take the time to read this and reflect on other lessons you and your family learned. 
Then take action to prepare for the next disaster and the one that will follow.

History teaches us that as humans we have always experienced disasters. At any given moment, someone somewhere in the world is in the middle of a disaster.

Huge worldwide disasters like the recent pandemic are more widely known and studied because they impact so many, but all disasters have lessons that must be learned to be better able to handle the next one.

For your health, safety and survival, as well as that of your family, take steps now to ensure that you can successfully overcome the unique challenges each disaster creates, including the recent pandemic. 

Here are some quick and easy steps you can take to protect your family now. Go to the TACDA Survival Store. I recommend three items in particular.

  • WaterBricks: Pure water is essential to survival. Buy WaterBricks to ensure you have pure water for you and your family during and after a disaster. Purchase at least three times the WaterBricks you think you need as pure drinking water disappears very fast in any disaster.
  • EMP-Hardened Waterproof Thumb Drive: Most small business go out of business after a disaster not due to the fire, hurricane, flood, etc., but due to a loss of data. This waterproof thumb drive has our disaster courses on 5% of the memory. The other 95% is for your use. Backup your data daily to ensure your business survives. Moms, back up your family medical data, financial records, and all other vital data on a device you can keep in your purse.
  • Go Dark Faraday Bag: The Go Dark Faraday Bag for Cell Phones and the Go Dark Faraday Bag for Tablets offer one vital tool to blind the unwanted, intrusive power to monitor, track and control your daily life.

American Disaster History Past

For most of American history, Americans knew they were on their own when it came to disasters.

As a nation of farmers, small businesses, and craftsman, they were highly independent problem solvers in their thinking and lives, including when disaster struck.

They depended on themselves, their families, and their faith to meet the challenges of feeding, sheltering, healing, comforting, creating, and building the American Dream.

Even when the American Dream was an American Nightmare, as when hurricanes, fire, flood, disease, war and other disasters that hit them hard and fast in the New World, they responded by rolling up their sleeves and getting it done.

They did what was necessary not only to survive, but to prevail.

And they instilled the same philosophy, work ethic and beliefs in their children and grandchildren.

What was the result?

The most freedom, prosperity and highest living standard ever created.

Americans traditionally knew they were on their own.

For the past few decades, the myth that the government would handle the disaster and its impacts for you gained widespread currency among the American people.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

You are on your own.

Now, with the pandemic in the rear-view mirror, you hopefully have figured out that you are on your own.

Prepare now that supplies are abundant to prepare yourself and your family for the next disaster. 

For a good podcast on the history of civil defense in the United States and especially children, listen to Civil Defense Radio here.

The Big Lessons of the Pandemic

Think back to life in the United States in December 2019 when the Wuhan Flu was taken by five million infected Chinese citizens taking flights all over the world spreading it to millions in over 200 countries.

Your world changed forever.         

Americans woke up to the reality that a catastrophic disaster, once viewed on their televisions and smart phones in other nations since World War II, was now in their reality daily.

Toilet paper, clean water, abundant food, even their assumption that their health was good and their lives were long, was suddenly no longer guaranteed.

Americans learned in a matter of days what the rest of the world knew from birth…that their safety and security was fleeting, and their safety and security were vulnerable.

As their local, state and federal governments cast about without a clear direction out or even a cogent explanation of what was happening, they began to panic.

The elderly were dying in great numbers and the panic worsened as the media highlighted the worst fears and provided no solutions.

As just one of many examples, in Mount Airy, MD where I live the media provided round the clock coverage of a nursing home nearby where 28 patients died due to incompetence in the pandemic (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maryland-imposes-70000-fine-on-nursing-home-where-nearly-all-residents-contracted-covid-19/2020/06/26/a0ece6ee-b7cb-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html).

Tools to fight the pandemic were in short supply.

I know because I had to take $3,000 of my emergency funds to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) from North American Rescue (https://www.narescue.com/all-products.html) for the Mount Airy Police Department, the State Troopers at the Frederick barracks, and for the priest who said Last Rites for 28 elderly who died at the nursing home in Mount Airy.

The governor of Maryland was before the cameras daily saying he was supplying all the needs for the public employees and medical community in my state.

He even claimed he went to South Korea and purchased “South Korean” PPE.

I knew differently as I knew the people he claimed to be helping and they had nothing at the time.

And when he went to South Korea, he purchased CCP PPE that had been bought up by the overseas Chinese buyers who purchase baby formula for Chinese parents as they do not trust the government providers there given they added table hardener to baby formula over 22 years ago and killed thousands of babies.

Therefore, to this day baby formula is more valuable than gold or heroin in Red China.

When the governor of Maryland returned and proclaimed he purchased all the PPE required for the citizens of Maryland, he was lauded in the media.

But within weeks reports began to surface that the PPE he purchased from the CCP was highly defective.

The story quickly went down the memory hole.

But Americans in Maryland, like Americans in New York and California and all over the country, began to question their pre-pandemic beliefs.

They began to learn that it was a myth that government authorities were:

·         Competent

·         Ready to care for you

·         Knew more than they did

·         Would take care of you

As the months dragged on and the chaos increased, many Americans came to realized that they were on their own when it came to their survival.

And that is a good thing.

For 45 years I have been trying to educate Americans that good times can become bad times very quickly.

Maybe 1% of Americans were previously open to preparing for their own survival.

Now, far more are willing to do what is necessary to increase their chances of surviving a natural or manmade disaster.

This has been the purpose of TACDA since it was founded in 1962.

History and experience have taught me and many the basic fact although survival is never guaranteed, it is more likely if you prepare.

When the 2020 pandemic hit Americans, most had forgotten that fact.

With the pandemic, they had to adapt and overcome their fears and prior ways to survive.

Many did so in a highly positive way.

As someone who has studied disasters my entire adult life, I saw average Americans rally to save their families and their civilization.

Despite the constant fear porn the media spews out, Americans made massive strides learning, adopting, adapting and implementing survival skills.

Some follow. 

Americans Realized Supply Lines are Tenuous

Before the pandemic, most Americans assumed supplies like toilet paper, meat, baby formula, diapers and other basic necessities would always be abundant.

When the shelves were stripped in days of such items in early 2020, they were in shock, but quickly found ways to find what they needed.

They shopped online.

Instead of going to stores like Cosco that hoarders frequented, they went to a Dollar General and bought what they needed for their families.

Because no supply chain can keep up with the endless demand of hoarders, when people were able to find their basic supplies, or alternatives.

And as for the toilet paper shortage that everyone experienced and was talking about back in March of 2020, many Americans realized there are alternatives. In other words, they adapted (for an example, see: https://theprovidentprepper.org/no-toilet-paper-no-problem-14-emergency-alternatives/). 

Supply Lines Bent but did not Break…This Time

I did video supply line testing of grocery stores for the first 7 months of the pandemic.

Initially, there was total panic. Shoppers cleared out the shelves quickly, much as they do before a hurricane.

At the retail end, there were five layers to the supply line pyramid that were subject to extreme pressure.

First, big box stores were hit hard. Hoarders stuck hard and fast and cleared out their immediate inventory in days. Even when the big box stores resupplied, the hoarders returned and cleaned them out again.

It took them many months to return their inventory to pre-pandemic levels, but they eventually accomplished that end.

Second, panic buying by shoppers cleaned out grocery store shelves. With most items on a three-day resupply timeline, it was hard for grocers to keep up with inventory. For the four grocery stores I monitored and filmed, most had serious shortages on numerous aisles.

Like big box stores, they could not provide enough basic supplies as each time them did the hoarders would clean them out. But eventually the grocers were able to restock to meet the demand.

The third level was convenience stores that provide so many basic survival items in addition to gas (coffee, drinks, chicken, refreshments, toiletries, snacks, etc.) to a very large number of Americans.

They were hit hard initially until so many Americans began to work from home and ordered food via apps. (Although food ordering apps can be a quick solution to feeding yourself and your family at times, they are vulnerable to shut down during disasters. See, for example, https://tacda.org/chinas-dependence-on-digital-cash-exchange-for-goods-causes-suffering-amidst-power-outages/.)

The fourth level of the supply line is what I call specialty stores. For example, near me is a well-supplied meat and fish market (http://www.wagnersmeats.com/) and a fruit and vegetable factory store (https://mccutcheons.com/factory-store/) .

Both have been there for decades and supply abundant food basics at a reasonable price. Both, perhaps because they are family owned, were able to keep up with the increased demand when shoppers went to them after the big box stores and groceries ran out of supplies.

The fifth level is the general store. I monitored the Dollar General (https://stores.dollargeneral.com/md/frederick/11988/) nearby. Perhaps many shoppers do not know they exist as they have never shopped there, but everything you need to survive is found there. In my several months of monitory the supply lines and shelf items at the Dollar General they never ran out of anything.

Your supply chain will be unique to your location. Get to know it before the next event so you do not waste time trying to find items that will only be purchased at another location.

WARNING: Increasingly, we are dependent on Red China for everything from critical rare elements for cell phones and military hardware to inner tubes for our tires to microchips for our electronic devices. They have been clear that they will cut off our supply at any time for any reason if they want.

Government Does not Know Best

I worked for many years to create an emergency operations plan, disaster exercises, continuity of operations plans, memorandum of understanding and other planning tools for the mayor and town of Mount Airy, MD.

When the initial panic hit back in March of 2020, he created a “Disaster Response Team” and put police tape around the children’s playgrounds.

Despite all my volunteer work in this area, I was not invited to be on the “Disaster Response Team” by the mayor, and I figured he had enough going on and did not question him about it.

However, when I saw his team wrapped police tape around all the children’s playgrounds and posted multiple panic warning signs at these playgrounds, I called him.

Keep in mind this was someone I had written many 9/11 ceremony speeches for, created campaign strategies that helped him win elected office, and considered a friend until then.

Up to this point we had even been discussing me acting as a ghost writer for a book we planned called, “The Best Small-Town Mayor in America.”

“Mayor, what are you doing to the children? They need sunshine and exercise to get Vitamin D and to build their immune systems. They need to play and laugh and run around and enjoy each other socially like normal children. Why did you shut down the children’s playgrounds? That is the opposite of what they need.”

“That is what the governor ordered.”

“Why would you listen to him? He can’t even get PPE to the local police or state troopers. I know because I just used up my $3,000 emergency funds to buy it from North American Rescue and gave it to them. And he lies. He said he got PPE from the South Korean’s but bought it from the CCP.”

“That’s what the governor ordered.”

“OK. Can I come over and we can talk about it?”

Remember, this is someone I knew and worked with and enjoyed for 12 years.

“Not necessary. The decision has already been made.”

Then he hung up.

Afterwards, he would not take a call from me or answer my emails.

I bring this up for two reasons.

First, it is a small example of how government leaders, local, county, state and federal were making decisions in a panic mode without thought to short- or long-term consequences.

Such consequences include that many Americans gained 30 pounds during the pandemic due to lack of physical activity which in the long run will kill more Americans than the few who were killed by the pandemic.

Sadly, this includes our precious children.

Second, it is representative of millions of government mandatory policies, plans and directives that were destructive to the health of American children and their families.

For example, gargling each day with hydrogen peroxide kills germs, bacteria and viruses and thereby prevents any coronavirus.

Washing with goat milk soap, as it has the highest fat content of any soap, melts the coronavirus (https://tacda.org/how-soap-destroys-covid-19/).

Simple solutions like this were not only censored by Big Media, Big Tech, Big Pharma and Big Government, but such solutions were mocked and the reputations of anyone who suggested such easy solutions were destroyed.

Two years into this pandemic, more and more Americans now realize that their government leaders failed them.

I believe many Americans have gone through many of these kinds of experiences during the pandemic.

As I said…you are on your own.

 

Small Changes that in Total are Huge

Think of the plastic splash guards that are everywhere from convenience to coffee stores these days.

They are just one of millions of small changes that have happened due to the pandemic.

And many such changes are positive.

For example, recently I was at a Mother’s Day dinner with my wife and son.

They had a plastic barrier between the booths that also acted as a sound barrier.

Where before the loud diners to beside us would have drown out our conversation, the plastic barriers allowed us to hear each other and resulted in a more pleasant dinner.

Think about it and you will identify many such small, but positive, changes due to the pandemic.

Rather than listen to the continuous negative impacts of the pandemic Big Media pushes 24/7, think for yourself and you will discover many positives of the pandemic for you, your family, and your community.

It just takes the effort to do so. 

Independent Schools Grew Exponentially

Because so many parents of school-age children had to rapidly adapt when the schools closed and the teachers refused to teach during the pandemic, despite the scientifically and data proven fact that children do not get or transmit the Wuhan flu, many decided they could no longer rely on collectivist public education systems.

These parents have created charter, Christian, private, and home school options in remarkable numbers (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK5iEkPw0bM).

This is a permanent change that will have a huge impact on this nation. 

What is to be Done

These are a few changes I noted during the pandemic.

You no doubt have many others you observed.

The pandemic was a massive event with many lessons.

I have detailed a few I learned.

You and your family no doubt learned others.

What is important is that Americans were shaken from their belief that disaster on a scale we just experienced could not happen here.

It did.

I know as I have distributed over 3,000 business cards to moms, small business owners and others to help them adapt.

Only 5 people have refused to take my TACDA business card in the past two years.

That is 3,995 out of my sample of 3000 who now realize we all must adapt and are open to learning how to do so for themselves and their families.

TACDA will help you do that.

TACDA has been educating Americans about multiple disasters since 1962.

We uploaded four decades of the Journal of Civil Defense and added search terms in a search engine optimization field that make it easy for you to research them (https://tacda.org/journal-topic/journal-of-civil-defense/).

Current and recent issues of the Journal of Civil Defense, like this one you are reading, are full of ways to learn and prepare for natural and manmade disasters (https://tacda.org/product/the-journal-of-civil-defense/).

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So, prepare now for the next disaster that is as certain to arrive as the sun tomorrow.