Totally Under Control

Totally Under Control is a new documentary and not fake news that follows the Trump administration’s response to the Covid – 19 pandemic in the United States. I don’t usually get too involved in politics, especially those south of the Canadian border, but in considering current world events I’m posting my review of this film.

Having recently finished the book, ‘The Fifth Risk“, about the undoing of democracy in the U.S., I wasn’t too surprised by the Trump administration’s political mishandling of a pandemic, that had they had been warned about and planned for in advance.

We are all aware of Trump’s bold-faced lies and how he bullies his way through every conversation, on or off-camera. Like the book (written separately from the documentary and by a different author), Totally Under Control points out Trump’s basic flaw – that he doesn’t believe in science.

Case in point is global warming, but I won’t go there. When he took over for the Obama administration, he pretended he was back on his television show, and fired all kinds of scientists and experts who were in charge unimportant things like their nuclear arsenal and disease control. Then, for reasons only known to him, he replaced them with family members and rich buddies.

This documentary was secretly made while the pandemic was spreading around the world, and it includes interviews with disease experts and even some of Trump’s own staff. I think it was very well presented, and probably strategically released just before the election. Judge it for yourself.

I watched it on Prime and there are clips on YouTube.

Social & Anti-Social Distancing

91048701_10157968077190928_7106635999597297664_nThere’s a new virus in town – in everyone’s town, that’s caused us all as human beings, to take a hard look at how we live day to day. It took a dark stranger called COVID-19 to wake us all up and reconsider how we interact with each other on a daily basis. It’s not that we’re all dirty creatures by nature, most of us take our personal hygiene pretty seriously.

But history has taught us there’s one thing that we humans do, that has cost us dearly over the millenia. Socializing. Yes, my friends, catching deadly diseases from people you know is not a new concept. Disease and viruses have plagued the earth for as long as we’ve inhabited the planet, and from what the experts tell us, it’s only going to get worse.

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