Willfully Blind

It saddens me more and more when I read the news or hear accounts that so much is done to deny the reality.
Deny the truth.
Deny. Deny. Deny.
In Alberta the top doctor and government have made the decision that Covid is gone.
As of Aug. 16th the Alberta gov’t will no longer trace positive Covid cases.
There will be no close contacts told.
As a matter of fact even if you test positive for Covid you do not have to self-isolate.
Positive.
Go to work.
Go to the bar.
Go the football/hockey games.
Do not social distance.
You don’t need to wear a mask.
As a matter of fact from the sounds of it they are planning a full on return to pre-pandemic life.
Despite the fact that Alberta is reporting some of its highest Covid case counts and the rate of infection is climbing to heights not previously seen during the entirety of the pandemic.
Here in my very own province of Manitoba yet another idiot Catholic priest has hit the headlines.
Once more denying the truth of the devastation of Residential schools.
How survivors were lying to get more money.
That the priests and nuns were not the perperators of the said abuse but custodial staff.
Not only did he make these statements but he made them during a church sermon which was also posted on line.
He also made jokes about shooting those writing graffiti on the churches.
And this statement that I really like ‘if you are poor it is hard not to lie’.
Pardon me?
Take your asinine beliefs and yourself off for sensitivity training.
Also keep your fucking mouth shut if you have in no way had to endure the abuse, the neglect, the deaths of innocence.
Once more it becomes apparent that the Catholic church loves to collect ignorant men.
The icing on the cake was an article which laid out how instead of paying the residential school survivors millions of dollars were spent instead on lawyers, a private fundraising company, administration and unapproved loans. (As per an article by Jason Warick-CBC News)
There are so many contradictions to the Catholic Church financials in Canada that it has lead to concern.
Yet the other church lead residential schools; Anglican, United and Presbyterian not never engaged in these types of tactics but paid the full amounts quickly and quietly.
Makes one wonder about the truth of religion.
Is it about the money or the people?
There are a lot of lips flapping about who is right and who is wrong.
The rest of Canada is wondering what is going on in Alberta.
Doctors around the country cannot fathom this absurdity.
Everyone is waiting to see if their return to ‘normality’ is going to be the best thing to happen or the worst.
Are we going to have to close our internal borders again to keep Covid from spreading?
I am not all the optimistic in regards to either.
In Alberta as the Delta variant picks up speed how many are going to have to die before they decide it is possible a mistake was made?
How many beds are going to be filled and will they need to send patients out of province to other health facilities as Manitoba had to during the peak of our third wave?
How many children are going to become infected and end up with long term effects?
The Catholic Church will continue its blatant disregard for life and healing.
Collecting millions from collection plates, building more cathedrals, more ostentatious building from which to preach the word of a carpenter.
A man who decried the merchants and money makers who were using the temple as a ‘den of thieves’.
And yet you have a church that steals the lives and money of so many.
In each case there is willful blindness.
Willful ignorance.
Where does it end?
And how do we make it better?
©July 30/21
Picture is my own

There is a Benefit…..

I live in the province of Manitoba.
On the great North American landmass.
The part known as Canada.
Manitoba is not a wealthy province like oil rich Alberta.
We do not have the land mass or population of Ontario and Quebec.
What we do have is a hearty constitution and an ability to roll with the punches.
We have cold weather.
There have been days when we are colder than Mars.
Those are the days when we mutter and curse and try to figure out why we live here.
In the summer our weather is hot and humid or dry.
Depends on rain amounts.
We also have huge mosquitos.
And a lot of them.
The joke about Manitoba is we have two seasons: Winter and Mosquito/Construction Season.
We do have spring and fall but they are temperate more in line with the rest of the world.
For the last three weeks everyone has been caught beneath this polar vortex.
There are vast swaths of dark purple and blue running through the weather maps.
Now I understand the blue but when did dark purple become associated with cold weather.
Purple is a wonderful color and I take exception to it being used as an indication of frigidness.
Can you tell what my favorite color is.
Our overnight lows have been in the -40’s with real feel.
Our daytime highs have been mid -30’s with real feel.
Cars freeze.
You never feel warm.
Everyone is complaining.
Our temperature is finally rising back to normal levels.
I mean it is only -19 right now as I write this.
In shorts and a tank top.
Why?
Because my hot flashes have returned.
That is right the one benefit to it being absolutely freezing?
I did not have one single hot flash during that time.
There were a few moments of heat but not where my whole body is on fire and sweat is beading on my forehead.
As I am standing there doing nothing.
Yesterday three times!!!!
Three bloody times.
Two I was able to feel coming on so whipped off my sweater and did not hit critical melting point.
Third time I was in a till with a customer.
I was sweating and so hot by the time I finished her order.
Even taking my sweater off did not help this time around.
This morning I was once more feeling the heat.
Ended up turning the heat to coolish in the car after dropping T off at school.
And having to run and buy him lunch because he had to make his own.
After arguing with me and I told him that he had to eat I dropped off his lunch with a breezy:
Me: I am T. Doerksen’s mom. He decided that he was not going to make himself lunch today so I am riding to the rescue.
Secretary: Oh you are a nice mom.
Me: That’s what I told him.
 
I am not about to let him starve to death.
No matter what he says.
I have the rest of my afternoon to relax.
T does not get let out of school until 3:30.
I will warm the car then.
I do not deal well with lots of cars and picking up T and all these other kids everywhere.
And parents.
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Going to go and kick back.
Have a quick nap before going to pick up The Beast.
And turn the heat back up again.
Apparently 13 is a little too chill even for me.
©Feb. 18/21
Picture my own