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So Much and So Very Little

Well, my little corner has had its own ups and downs in the last week.  Looking at the map I follow ( Here )  has been telling me a lot, none of it very good.  Even now, when the US seems to be starting to level off, there are still places that have me sad.  NYC is one of those mixed places.  An awful amount of illness and death there (5000+ dead), they have a designation as number #5 in a list of Countries (not cities) in the world in illness/death.  But, the city seems to be coming back slowly.  I notice a slowdown in new illnesses and even death there.  Gives me hope.  At the same time, I get worried when I don’t hear from athingirl, who is from NYC, but I did find she wrote a post about 12 hours ago that I must have missed.  Those things worry me now.

It’s the same with Blessed with a Star on the Forehead  is another from the NY state.  They are very different people, but I love both of them.  She also penned something today, so I feel glad that I have every reason to think her well, too.

Back to my area.  In the tri-county area of Indiana around my small town, there are about 59 occurrences and 11 deaths confirmed.  This has me worried because my Aunt is in a nursing home that had 11 who died (all of them? or are they missing some?).  She has had COVID-19 for over a week now.  I thought she was better (and may well be), but I am told she is having labored breathing problems but no fever and getting good meds.  Mixed blessing.  My own Mom (in her mid-80s) is stuck at home and is alone.  I call about twice a day and make sure I get her groceries and that she is doing okay.  I did a large grocery trip yesterday to Walmart (yes, the virus does, indeed, change things).  I was upset at all the people, young and old, who were not wearing gloves nor masks (I only saw 4 wearing masks and no gloves).  I saw a couple of workers in masks and gloves, but not my cashier.  I also noticed that she did not clean down the belt, even though I waited for her.  They did have food and I was able to get most of what I wanted and a lot of what I had to have in good quantities for both Mom and I.

What aggravated me the most, I think, was that in my little town of under 4,000 (maybe under 3,000), when I pulled into the larger gas station there, I saw a group of 4 female teens walking together (close) with no gloves and no masks on them.  Then, 2-3 boys pulled up to the station and they all stood around talking sans gloves/masks.  All I could think of was that they all have parents and grandparents who are NOT in the same risk category they are and even THEY should realize that just because you can do a thing doesn’t mean you should do a thing.

On the brighter side, I am okay with my own stay at home.  My housekeeper has not been able to clean here for about 3 weeks and it looks to me like another 2-3 before I will even THINK about it.  However, I am not making much of a mess and am doing some cleaning.  I use the computer and tablet as my escapes.  I binge Netflix (currently, 7 seasons of Voyager), watch several movies, play video games, and am still beta testing the up-coming DLC “Wastelanders” for Fallout 76 on April 14th.  Life is much quieter without the Scammers and Want-my-money people not calling.  I estimate I am now receiving about 4-6 calls a day less.

 

So, Mom and I both say “Hi” to all and may you have health and happiness in this mess of times.

The Law of Attraction and God look over you all (and I don’t think the two are separate),

Scott

Civil Forfeiture – Really? (Language)

I was watching Upworthy today.  It’s a collection of video clips that are usually playing into all the appropriate high notice problems going on.  Subjects such as Racism, Transgenderism, Terrorist Attacks, Sexual Equality are a few of the topics.  So, when I saw one that dealt with “Civil Forfeiture” all I could think was…”What?”.  Well, the clip is just over 16 minutes and I now consider it some of the best time I have ever spent online.  I dare you to watch all 16 minutes of it and decide for yourself.  OMG!

There you have it!  I looked up the term for my home state of Indiana and … (drum roll)…in spite of how much fun we all (me included) often make of Indiana being behind the times and all of that, my state’s CF funds do NOT go to law enforcement.  They get just enough to cover what was spent and then the rest goes into the state’s general fund or the educational fund.  We won’t talk here about what I think of our educational system or the funding (although all of the CF monies must go to the general fund!).  Here’s the line from Google:

Indiana has some of the better civil forfeiture laws in the country, at least with regard to the profit incentive.  Unfortunately, to forfeit your property, the government only needs to show that it was more likely than not that your property was related to a crime and thus is forfeitable—the legal standard of preponderance of the evidence, lower than the beyond a reasonable doubt standard required for a criminal conviction.  But law enforcement in Indiana does not receive any of the funds gained through civil forfeiture, which keeps the focus of law enforcement on preventing crime rather than raising funds.  After deducting law enforcement costs for the prosecution of civil forfeitures, all forfeiture revenue is sent either to the general fund of the state or the state’s education fund.  Indiana does participate in equitable sharing with the federal government, averaging more than $2.6 million per year in the 2000s.

*https://www.ij.org/asset-forfeiture-report-indiana

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Namaste,

Scott

 

Scott Takes a Trip

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Last week, my sister and I took some time and went on a small vacation to the top of our state.  We visited the city of Fort Wayne.  Never heard of it?  Well, it’s not the largest city in the state.  In fact,  it has a population of a little over 250 thousand and is the county seat (Allen County).  It lies near the Ohio/Michigan corner of Indiana.  It is the 76th largest city in the US and second only to Indianapolis in the state of Indiana.  If you want more, here’s the link > HERE <

While we were there, we visited:

1)  The Fort Wayne Zoo

2) The Botanical Conservatory

3) The final day’s fireworks of the Three Rivers Festival (Sat in #2)

4)  Listened to about 4 hours to two great outdoor live bands (Also in #2)

5)  Visited a Sunken park

6)  Drove through a second park

7)  Ate out at several places (difficult because I am now vegan)

8) Went shopping a bit and met a wonderful person to talk to

9)  Had a pleasant drive up and back with my Sister.

We haven’t taken a trip together since high school.  I think we did quite well (no bloodshed, no bruises).

I walked more than I have in a long time.  Still, we had to rent a wheelchair and Sis pushed me around most of the zoo.  At other places, I had her go on ahead and enjoy the view and take some pics while I rested.  I made great use of my telephoto lens to sit and still get far pics.  All in all, I think we both had fun, got away for a bit, and saw some new things.

I will take a moment here to recommend “Extended Stay America” suites for comfortable rooms with great service for a decent price.

Below are the best of the pics I took during the trip.  Enjoy!  What are you doing this summer?  What have you already done?

Namaste,

Scott

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