This Too Shall Pass… The Human Race Shall Overcome the Vi-race COVID-19!

Author’s Note: Over the past week, family and friends who have heard of the “state of emergency” in California have been calling to ask how we are doing battling COVID-19. There is no “state of emergency” in California, only an order by the governor to stay home so we minimize the chances of spreading the virus. I cannot report firsthand much on how things are going in California except to say schools, universities, sit-down restaurants, malls, retail stores and other establishments have closed. For those who have asked me to write a message in my usual Monday commentary, I can only say this: The dark cloud of coronavirus will soon lift having delivered a dire warning. COVID-19 is a wake call. If we ignore the call, the prophesy in that old Negro spiritual shall gain new meaning: “God gave Noah a rainbow sign. No more rain, viruses next time.”

My deepest concern is will the human race be ready for the Vi-race next me?

Self-quarantine, self-isolation, shelter in place in California

This past Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation ordering 40 million Californians to stay put and at home as part of the effort to disrupt and slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease,  a/k/a SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Disease, COVID-19.

Life as we know it has come to a screeching halt in California and from what I hear in most of the Western world.

Gov. Newsom’s order directs workers in energy, food, agriculture and financial services to “their work” but everyone else, “Stay home!”

The order specifically provided “those 65 years and older, and those with underlying health issues, are advised to self-quarantine, self-isolate, or otherwise remain in their homes to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.”

It is social distancing enforced by law.

Naturally, as a perennial 29-year-older, I was not particularly concerned about the “65 years and older” age limit warning, but out of an abundance of caution I decided to go along.

So, here we are in “Camp California”.

Hiding from mean ole Corona V.

There is just no place to run and hide from Corona V, s/he who is invisible and must be feared.

“V” stands for Vengeance. ReVenge of the viruses. Victory of the viruses?

Bill Gates warned us about the revenge of the V Army in 2015.

We blew him off. “Certainly, he meant circuses not viruses?”, we joked.

Gates rhetorically asked, “The next outbreak? We’re not ready. The failure to prepare could allow the next epidemic to be dramatically more devastating than Ebola.”

“Prophet” Gates’ message was clear: Fear not nuclear annihilation. Fear annihilation by invisible cell-sucking viruses.

We did not listen.

Many other experts have been warning of a coming pandemic for decades. Nobody believed them. “How could an invisible virus bring human civilization to its knees? Impossible!”

Now, we are paying dearly for turning a deaf ear to the ominous warnings of the coming of the first (certainly not the last) 21st century plague in blood, sweat and tears.

So, here I am in self-quarantined in Camp California.

Ruminating philosophically.

Singing the blues.

Listening to the wisdom of good ole Bob Dylan’s 1964 song, “The Times They are A changing.

Come gather ’round people/ Wherever you are
And admit that the waters/ Around you have grown
And accept it that soon/ You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’/ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen/ Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway/ Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt/ Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’/ It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn/ The curse it is cast
The slow one now/ Will later be fast
As the present now/ Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’/ And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Yes, indeed. he times they are a-changin’. Life as we know it has changed forever as we now know we are stalked by an army of invisible viruses.

It is time to admit coronavirus has grown.

We better start swimming towards a vaccine or cure, or we’ll sink like a stone.

Trump, senators and congressmen, take heed the curse it is cast. The order – life as we know it — is rapidly fadin’ for the times they are a-changin’.

What is there to do in self-quarantine in Camp California?

For me, two things: Reflect on the human condition and destiny and/or sing the blues.

So, here I am sitting and reflecting on the philosophical issues COVID-19 has raised in my mind and how this invisible enemy has disrupted the lives of billions of people in the world.

My reflection is aided by memes and jokes, funny and tasteless ones, sent to me electronically (I keep strict social distancing) by friends and colleagues to lift my spirits.

One of the biggest philosophical questions I could not figure out was this: “Why is there a run on toilet paper in America and who the hell is hoarding them?”

I quickly found out. “You know who buys up all the toilet paper and hoards them? Assholes.”

But what can I do personally to deal with COVID-19 in self-quarantine?

There was a ready answer for that too. “You know what they say: feed a cold, starve a fever, drink a corona for Coronavirus.”

But there are “so many coronavirus jokes out there, it’s a pun-demic.”

When not reflecting on the philosophical issues raised by COVID-19, I just sing the California Blues on my acoustic guitar.

I love that great B.B. King song, “Why I sing the blues”.

Everybody wants to know/ Why I sing the blues
Yes, I say everybody wanna know/ Why I sing the blues
Well, I’ve been around a long time/ I really have paid my dues…

Well, you don’t have to ask me. I will tell you why I am singing the blues in Camp California. Here are the lyrics to my song:

Do you wanna know why I sing the blues?
I am told to practice “social distancing”
Don’t touch no one with a ten-foot pole
If someone sneezes, run like hell and show them your sole.

That’s why I am singing the blues in Camp California.

Schools, malls, restaurants and gyms are closed
Even the churches, mosques and temples have shut their doors
Telling their people to pray at home
Good Lord Almighty, will you save us all?

That’s why I am singing the blues in Camp California.

The 405 is empty and the 10 looks no better
Give me back the gridlock so I can see somebody
Where have all the Angelinos gone?
Where have all the Angelinos gone?

That’s why I am singing the blues.

The homeless zombie the streets and got nothing to eat
Maybe I will drop them a few boxes of pizza
To ease my conscience
Or should I ignore them to keep my social distance.

That’s why I am singing the blues in Camp California.

The experts say forget a recession, we’re headed for a depression
A million Americans have lost their jobs
Small businesses are ready to fold
And Trump says, “Everything is under control!”

That’s why I am singing the blues in Camp California.

Doctors and nurses their lives are out on the line
Our senators are insider trading making millions
They say it is a coincidence
I say it’s profiteering plain and simple.

That’s why I am singing the blues in Camp California.

But whenever Donald Trump’s opens his mouth, I slip sliding away into the deep end of depression.

Trump tells me and 300 million plus Americans, “Forget about it. It ain’t nothing. It’s just liked the sniffles. You’ll get over it!”

Trump thinks coronavirus is the flu. He said, “Does anybody die of the flu?’ I didn’t know people died from the flu.”

Trump talks about the Chinese virus. He says “it is all under control”.

As of this writing, there are 381, 649 reported coronavirus infections and 16, 558 deaths globally since the first case was reported in China on November 17, 2019.

As Trump dithers and blathers about a coronavirus is under control, as of this writing we have 43,734 infected persons and 553 deaths in America!

In just two weeks, we have over 11 percent of the global infection rate and all indications are it is going to get much worse as hospital are expected to reach theri breaking point in the next week or so.

South Korea with a population of 50 million seems to be on the verge of victory in slowing down the spread of the virus. As of March 17, South Korea reported  only 74 new cases compared to 909 at its peak on 29 February.

What is the South Koreans doing right that we are not doing in the U.S.?

Trump wants to include coronavirus into his reelection playbook as a polarizing issue.

He wants to give coronavirus a nationality, a flag, an ideology and political party affiliation.

But there is no republican, democrat, red state or blue state coronavirus.

There is only the United Armies of Viruses (UAVs).

These invisible enemies do not invade with a flag, a Chinese, Italian, French or American flag.

Asked if he should take responsibility for the failure to disseminate larger quantities of coronavirus tests,  Trump said, “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

In sober reflection I reach out for the wisdom of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does” and is.

People who say stupid things follow up by doing stupid stuff.

Every day, Donald Trump concocts a deadly brew of half-truths and outright lies in a cauldron of arrogance and ignorance.

He makes nonsensical statements which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he simply does not have the intellectual candlepower and leadership skills to be the Commander-in-Chief in the War against Invisible Army of Corona V. (Not to be confused with his undisputed leadership of the other Invisible Army of the Knights of… ).

On the wings of Donald Trump’s thoughtless and dumbfounding words, Corona V spreads across the “Home of the Free and Land of the Brave”.

We need a Virusbuster president just like the Ghostbusters. “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood/Who you gonna call? (ghostbusters). If there’s something weird/ And it don’t look good/Who you gonna call? (ghostbusters).

If there is something strange called Coronoa V prowling your neighborhood, who you gonna call?

Not Donald Trump, for sho!

So, here I am in Camp California drowning in an ocean of Donald Trump “stupidioms” (I just coined that word to describe Donald Trump’s COVID-19 idiotic idioms):

“This is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” January 22, 2020.

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” January 30, 2020.

“We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five — and those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for us … that I can assure you.”  February 10, 2020.

“Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.” February 14, 2020.

“There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus.  So, we don’t know yet; we’re not sure yet. But that’s around the corner.” February 23, 2020.

“We have it very much under control in this country.” February 24, 2020.

“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” February 26, 2020.

“So, we’re at the low level. As they get better, we take them off the list, so that we’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So, we’ve had very good luck.” February 26, 2020.

“And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” February 26, 2020.

“I think every aspect of our society should be prepared. I don’t think it’s going to come to that, especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up.” February 26, 2020. February 27, 2020.

“It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” — Trump at a White House meeting with African American leaders. February 26, 2020.

“And I’ve gotten to know these professionals. They’re incredible. And everything is under control. I mean, they’re very, very cool. They’ve done it, and they’ve done it well. Everything is really under control.”  March 4, 2020.

“[W]e have a very small number of people in this country [infected]. We have a big country. The biggest impact we had was when we took the 40-plus people [from a cruise ship]. … We brought them back. We immediately quarantined them. But you add that to the numbers. But if you don’t add that to the numbers, we’re talking about very small numbers in the United States.” March 4, 2020.

“Well, I think the 3.4% [dead patients worldwide] is really a false number.” March 7, 2020.

“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” March 9, 2020.

March 10: “And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”  March 10, 2020.

The philosophical silver lining in COVID 19: My answer to President Ronald Reagan’s timeless question “What could be more alien to the universal aspiration of our people than war and the threat of war?”

Republicans used to have leaders who had vision and a mission. I did not always agree with their vision and mission. But I give credit where it is due.

In 1987, Ronald Reagan stood up and demanded, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

He was talking about the wall that had separated West and East Berlin since 1961.

I don’t remember much about Reaganomics, Reagan’s Republican Revolution and Reagan’s Star Wars weapons systems.

But I remember the walls that came tumbling down not only in Berlin but throughout the communist world.

But I also remember Reagan’s penetrating observation and question in his 1987 U.N. speech:

In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet I ask, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspiration of our people than war and the threat of war?

Now, I am ready to answer Reagan’s question and Trump’s too.

The threat to the universal aspiration of our people today is not the illegal alien, the alien with a cone head and oblong eyes, an alien species with plasma guns, unearthly demons, Klingons and Megatrons.

What could be more alien to the universal aspiration of our people than nuclear war and the threat of nuclear war are coronavirus and all the other invisible armies of viruses silently and relentlessly stalking the human race.

These virus armies know no geographical boundaries.

In fact, they will not only bust geographic boundaries but cell membranes, the cell walls and attack each person silently and relentlessly.

They do not care about race, gender, religion, language or age.

They don’t choose between rich and poor, strong and weak.

Their regime is absolutely democratic. “One virus, one (wo)man.”

Their motto: “With malice towards all humans and charity to none.”

They would just as soon take out presidents, kings, queens, billionares and millionaires as they would the homeless and penniless.

They do not discriminate. They are the great equalizers.

So, it is US humans against THEM viruses.

Donald Trump says he has declared a war on Corona V.

No, Corona V has declared war on us, on all humanity.

We are now in a war between humans and viruses.

But we humans are unprepared for the Virus Wars. We prefer to fight the windmills of nuclear war.

Our ignorant and arrogant leaders would rather spend hundreds of billions preparing for a nuclear war when an invisible army of viruses is slipping between the gates and ravaging us in our homes, schools, places of work, worship and entertainment.

Humanity today sails on a ship of fools floating on an ocean of viruses.

So, what do we do?

Is the end of times near? Is it Apocalypse Now?

Who are we as humans in the war against viruses?

Will our ignorance and arrogance protect us from the invisible virus army invading our cells?

Let me wax poetic and answer these questions in the words of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Hollow Men”.

We are the hollow men/ We are the stuffed men
Leaning together/Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when/ We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless

The eyes are not here/There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars/In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms…

This is the way the world ends/ This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper.

If we do not heed the lessons of the current COVID-19 invasion, the world will not end with a nuclear bang but a whimper in hospital beds, in clinics, at home and in the streets.

So far, COVID-19 is winning.

S/he is winning because s/he has other deadly allies that sit not inside the cells of humans but in the hearts of minds of men and women. These allies go by the names Fear, Despair, Ignorance and Arrogance.

Trump said Corona virus is the liberals’ “new hoax”.

Such a deadly mix of ignorance and arrogance spewing out of a man’s mouth could contribute to the deaths of tens of thousands who follow his thoughtless words!

There is a better way.

We can defeat coronavirus and the invisible massing armies of viruses on the invisible horizon.

But we too must amass as ONE HUMAN FAMILY and fight the armies of viruses in the hospitals, in the places of worship, in schools and universities, in restaurants and bars, on the football fields and basketball courts, on land, in the air and at sea.

Our motto: We must hang together and fight as one human family or the virus armies will hang us each separately.

Paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King’s admonition for our time:

We must learn to live together, work together and fight together against COVID-19 not only as brothers and sisters but as members of one human family or perish together as passengers on a capsizing ship of fools on an ocean of viruses.

Ruminations in self-quarantine to be continued

12 COMMENTS

  1. It is more like “we shall overcome” than “this too shall pass” because unfortunately science tells us that COVID-19 is not passing anytime soon and is here to stay with us for many years to come. In other words this is our new normal. The only thing we can do is hope for a better treatment and vaccine., which will take at least a year or more. My advise to Ababa Alematehu is that the sooner you adopt to reality and take cautions the better because Corona is deadly for Senior citizens and hippo-generation like yourself. Please eat a lot of mitmita and awaze and take it easy.

  2. The reality is that this a worldwide state of emergency that California is a small part. I don’t agree with this sunny-side happy talk and downplaying the serious life and death situation. Are you now claiming to be public health expert too? You have no idea what you are talking about. This matter is obviously beyond your pay-grade my dear. It’s not time to mouth off nonsense and innuendoes like in the old days. Once the “Vi-race COVID-19!”, as you childishly refer to it, gets into a your nose, mouth and lungs, it hijacks your cells to create millions more versions of itself. God forbid then because there is no known cure as of this moment. “There is a certain evil genius to how this coronavirus pathogen works: It finds easy purchase in humans without them knowing. Before its first host even develops symptoms, it is already spreading its replicas everywhere, moving onto its next victim. It is powerfully deadly in some but mild enough in others to escape containment. And, for now, we have no way of stopping it. Viruses have spent billions of years perfecting the art of surviving without living — a frighteningly effective strategy that makes them a potent threat in today’s world. As researchers race to develop drugs and vaccines for the disease that has already sickened 350,000 and killed more than 15,000 people, and counting, this is a scientific portrait of what they are up against.”

  3. After all, we all know a covidiot or two don’t we? It’s like we’ve known that phrase all our lives.

    COVIDIOT (noun) co•vid•i•ot /kəʊˈvɪdɪət/

    Example a stupid person who stubbornly ignores ‘social distancing’ protocol, thus helping to further spread COVID-19.

    “Are you really going to visit your parents? Bro, don’t be such a covidiot.”

    TOP DEFINITION
    Covidiot
    Relating to the 2020 Covid-19 virus:
    Someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety.
    A person who hoards goods, denying them from their neighbors.
    Did you see that covidiot with 300 rolls of toilet paper in his basket?
    That covidiot is hugging everyone she sees.

  4. Please stop using the N word under any context. You are dating yourself. It is very embarrassing to see that an african immigrant using the word. Black church music is no longer called “Negro spiritual” (that’s a thing of the 1960’s and 70s and 80’s some 45 years past and five decades ago) today it’s simply known as gospel music or African American choir song. Be woke and alert to injustice in society, especially racism in this age of virus and neo-Mussolini American president. Be respectful and you shall be respected. Thank you.

  5. God will save us from this latest menace virus. Ethiopia has seen many worse things during her long existence from the rise and downfall of rome to the end of the cold war and now this strange times. Let’s us stretch out our hands to God, alone this time, in spiritual union. There is no rule that says we all need to gather in one place to beg and praise the almighty. Having said that I have one humble question: what’s the deal with the Diaspora fund? From what we read we understand that Ethiopians in mainstream American society are not too happy with leadership mouthing off dividing people with “us vs them” BS small talk. Apparently, that’s not what Abiy intended with EDTFTE. The feeling in Addis is that the unprofessional chair has become a liability for the ruling party. Our fogari pastor PM PROMISED unity to bring everyone in Europe, America, Australia, Africa and Asia into the big tent not further alienate them. The word on the street is that Prosperity party leadership is take a second look and could establish more than one Trust fund to encourage competition and inclusiveness. United we stand, divided we fall. Not too late for executive course correction. That, wondim, requires leadership skills. God protect Ethiopia and the world.

  6. *A beautiful message from Bill Gates*

    *What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?*

    I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

    As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

    1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me,
    just ask Tom Hanks.

    2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

    3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

    4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

    5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine)
    as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

    6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and
    to strengthen our family unit.

    7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do.
    Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

    8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are,
    a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

    9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after
    only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

    10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

    11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

    12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.

    13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

    14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a *great corrector*

    It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

  7. “Ruminations in self-quarantine”???? Are you in self-quarantine? have you been tested positive? In that case, please try not to infect the rest of your family and friends keep that social distance as much as possible although there is little that you can do about that. Hope you are self-quarantining in the bed room or garage. wishing you a quick recovery.

  8. In second thought that was a language problem. you did not mean to say that are “self-quarantining.” You are NOT under self-quarantine. YOU are confusing the governor’s stay home order with self-quarantining. There is a major difference. PLEASE CORRECT THIS MISINFORMATION.

  9. This will get worse before it gets better. April is going to be worse than March and May worse than April. Based on the best scenario projection June or even later before we get any good news especially in America. Wait until the economic collapse from Corona hits the news wave soon. We’re talking about very, very, very scary unemployment numbers. God forgive me for saying this, but I am glad that this has happened under Trump. In retrospect we had it so good before he came in to wreck everything. He is the worst president ever. He should resign. As they say, Karma is a bitch.

  10. Selam Selamawit, that was funny LOL. Karma IS for real 🙂 It looks like somebody played a bad joke on Trump and his Trumeters , LOL. They are now a total laughing stock. YEAH send grandma (ye emaman enat) back to work to save the stock market, LOL. haha..OH MAN, my stomach is hurting from cracking up. Just hang in there and watch the GOB self destruct in real time. When its all over we will have an outdoors shirtless festival in January for the new inauguration. In the meantime the most extreme doomsday scenario with so many unknowns surrounding the trajectory of the epidemic, and the response from government and business, forecasters estimate the order of magnitude to be a loss of any where from 3 trillion dollars to 5 trillion dollars. That’s a humongous hit to the economy and a knockout gut punch to Trump that he won’t recover from it. But what’s astonishing is the speed and ferocity that his downfall has come. The world has changed and it has changed forever. Bill gates is right: “It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.” So much for making America great again…full of virus and economic meltdown. Give us back Obamacare -) Betam yemigerm gize.

  11. Yes we humans will defeat the virus, but how about fake scholarship, manufactured outrage, hypocrisy, double-talk and the person with two faces?

    “Trump administration deserves credit for the announced release of political prisoners in Ethiopia” – Alemayehu G. Mariam, 05 Jan 2018

    “The fact of the matter is that President Trump is the first American president to classify “serious human rights abuse and corruption” as a “threat to American national security, foreign policy and economy. That is simply breathtaking!” – Alemayehu G. Mariam, December 29, 2017

    What’s breathtaking is your deceit, dishonesty, dissembling and duplicity. No wonder the Dotard thinks he should have won the Nobel prize not Dr. Abiy.

    “President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson deserve full credit for promoting human rights and aid accountability in Ethiopia and Africa in general.” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 05 Jan 2018

    We know now that Trump sold us out for Egypt. Mama Ethiopia for Egypt? And yet we were told to celebrate as recorded for posterity below:

    “Kudos! Trump’s First Year Human Rights Record in Africa. No president in American history has ever issued such an executive order!” – Alemayehu G. Mariam, December 29, 2017

    “Fairness requires that President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson be given not only full credit but also full commendation for this extraordinary and unprecedented Executive Order.” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, December 29, 2017

    Go ruminate on this. Happy self-quarantine!

  12. Modern Christian R&B & Gospel Music Mix is another way of saying the old-fashioned “N spiritual.” Yes, please avoid the word at all costs. It’s not PC and not necessary to make a point if you have one. Casual racism is one form of racism. It refers to conduct involving negative stereotypes or prejudices about people on the basis of race, colour or ethnicity. Examples include jokes, off-handed comments. Some associate racism with a belief in racial superiority or deliberate acts of discrimination. Unlike overt and intentional acts of racism, casual racism isn’t often intended to cause offence or harm. In many cases people do not recognise their words and deeds are racist. Being aware of casual racism involves recognising that we are all accountable for the things we say or do. Making casually racist jokes or comments can have a negative impact upon a target individual or group. Casual racism can fuel prejudice and discrimination. Joking about matters of race – particularly of people of a different background – can also lead others to form unfavourable impressions of you. Just loose it.

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