1) The announcement by the EU that vax passes will be needed for travel as of July 1, 2021 is profoundly disturbing. The pass is being positioned as the "great liberator" which will allow people to take their "well earned holidays" It's nothing of the sort
2) It is a sinister move by the European Union, less than 80 years after the Nurenberg trials, to introduce discriminatory measures by dividing society into the "clean" and the "unclean" If we believe that the C19 vaccines are effective, then this paranoia is misplaced
3) Get vaccinated and you are protected. The vax status of the person standing next to you on the train shouldn't concern you. Therefore, the EU is signaling not only its intent to divide but also its lack of trust in the vaccine. I note with substantial sadness
4) that it's once again Germany, a country responsible for so much suffering 80 - 90 years ago, that is spearheading this initiative. Obviously, though the country seems completely rehabilitated, there are still forces extant which desire control and harbor designs
5) for re-engineering society. Some think the vaccine passport is a gateway to a grander control scheme Possibly. But even on its own it's a shameful idea - one that Israel has stepped back from.
Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau (who has openly admitted his admiration for China)
6) is introducing measures in Canada that rival and surpass even the EU efforts. For all intents and purposes, Canada is a garrison state. The country - which has 40 million inhabitants and a territory larger than the US) only allows 4 airports to be open:
7) Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver (international travel) Each airport has a "quarantine hotel" attached, where for $3000 you'll have the luxury of eating stale ham sandwiches for 3 days, upon which - assuming a negative test - you will be released into
8) the custody of your relatives, where you'll spend another 10 days in isolation, with frequent phone calls and VISITS from public health people to make sure you can't even go for a walk. Canada's rate of C19 infection is one of the lowest in the world. The ICU's are below
9) capacity and the lockdown in Ontario is the toughest - and now the longest - in the world. Unemployment keeps rising, thousands of businesses have been permanently destroyed. Toronto, once one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in N America, is now a terrible place
10) the traffic jams remain but the theaters, galleries, cafes, opera, movies, great restaurants - gone! In the meantime, the average price of a tiny 1000 sq f home is 1.3 million. A paradox no one has been able to explain to me. The kicker: 70 + percent of the population
11) agrees with all government measures and enthusiastically claps every additional restriction the feds and/or the provincial governments put in place.
In short: the march towards out and out fascism is here. We can choose to be passive and wait for the storm to pass
12) (the Jews did that in 1933 in Germany and we know how that worked out for them) or we can actively oppose these measures wherever we are. Any single act of protest can start a chain. The more followers I'll get here, the louder I'll shout about it.
13) I lived under an oppressive communist tyranny. I know how precious freedom is. To deserve freedom, we must fight the evil doers who would snatch it from us. I believe we can do it but the road is long and hard.

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1) I started the year 2020 as your middle of the road conservative. Although I disliked Hillary Clinton and her venal Democratic apparatus in 2016, I was not happy about Trump's victory. I thought he was too rude, too crude, too ignorant of the issues.
2) I supported his Middle East diplomacy, which I thought was Nobel worthy but thought his tariffs and his opposition to free trade was harmful and passe. I was raised by Holocaust survivors, two very modest people. The ostentatiousness Trump displayed went against my grain
3) To be honest, I thought the Southern Baptist crowd who thought Trump was the second coming, struck me as crazy. My thinking was more or less in line with the Bill Cristol crowd - Republican "never Trumpers". Then 2020 happened. The more I read about Covid, the more I realized
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I assume we all have a red line. The vax pass is mine. It's my hill to die on. My barricade. Czech friends tell me: get yourself vaccinated so you can visit. Are you crazy? Has Starbucks coffee and McDonalds burgers clouded your mind? 40 years of Communism forgotten?
Does your new found freedom mean nothing to you? And they say: That's your American hysteria talking. You must be a Trump voter (yes, even Czech friends are TDS infected) It's just a shot, you get your passport and we can go down a few beers in cozy Prague taverns
And I say: the fact that they've stolen your freedom and now they're selling it back to you piecemeal (until the next scary variant comes along) doesn't alarm you? And they say: no, we're not alarmed. We're in our late 60's now, not about to march to change the world.
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THREAD on creeping tyranny...I lived it
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for "fraternal socialist countries", such as Hungary or Poland. For travel to the West, one needed an official invitation on the basis of which an exit visa *might* be granted With exit visa in hand, one could get about $20 worth of hard currency - no matter the length of stay
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For the next 50-odd years his prophecy was fulfilled. I have travelled freely and lived in six countries, acquiring the citizenship of a couple, learning new languages, touring as a musician and publishing short stories in Canada, the UK, Iceland, Switzerland and elsewhere
All of that came to an end 14 months ago. From my vantage point as a 68 year old semi-retired musician, the limitations put on my life now closely resemble the limitation put on my parents during Communism, limitations my father and mother did all the could to save me from
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Some folks see today's CDC announcement (masks outside not needed) as a ray of hope. As someone raised under Communism, please allow me a pessimistic note. The Communist regime would occasionally throw a candy to the populace ("you may travel to Hungary without an exit visa")
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