flew back to peurto rico yesterday after 4 months away.
after a summer of living with no covidiocy, it’s incredibly jarring to deal with airports, and the puerto rico nonsense society where i am now a second class citizen and cannot go to ~90% of bars, restaurants etc because i am not vaccinated . even those who ARE vaxxed play the stupid covid dance of put on mask, walk into restaurant, sit down, take off mask as though this could possibly have any effect. they walk muzzled and bovine though stores and supermarkets.
it’s like watching sad little circus dogs desperately performing the act that was beaten into them as puppies hoping for approval and freedom that will never come precisely BECAUSE they keep desperately performing on demand.
worse, many of them have mistaken the whip wielder for their friend.
and it’s all getting ready to tighten. mandates for all kids 5 and up to be vaxxed to attend school are going into effect. many, many parents are furious. but many more are falling all over themselves to go get the kids a monstrously negative cost/benefit jab to them can comply/signal virtue.
my cab driver from the airport said that the health dept is about to declare the double vaxxed “unvaxxed” for employment and demand that anyone working or even picking up passengers from the airport get the third shot. he does not want it and said “i was happy to get vaccinated, but now everyone who did is getting sick anyway and they tell me i need more? i don’t want it.”
he offered this unsolicited. i just asked how things had been on the island.
i now completely understand why people who fled new york to florida never went back.
it’s galling, dehumanizing, and just plain awful living under this sort of malicious, arbitrary, stupid diktat.
i have not been here a day and it’s already making me itch. i flat out dreading going grocery shopping because muzzles are required to do it. people have gotten accustomed to this, tamed to it, subjugated by it. they are addicted to and conditioned like so many pavlov pooches to not just obey but to like it.
this spell breaks when you’re away from it. you come back and with fresh eyes see it for what it really is because you can see it all at once and not in the little increments in which it was forced upon you.
and it’s intolerable.
our “leaders” are craven, subsidy sucking failures happy to oppress a people by terrifying them with hobgoblins and then “saving” them with never-ending restriction and pseudoscience.
this is supposed to be puerto rico, la isla del encanto, not guantanamo del est.
and we want our island back.
I'm sorry. I live in the covidocracy of Canada and I feel your pain. I have stopped wearing masks anywhere. I don't know if that will work where you are. The only place I have been challenged so far of all places was a funeral. I just said "I'm exempt." (There are exemptions under the Ontario Human Rights Act, including for "creed". Well, my creed doesn't allow me to lie by wearing a piece of cloth on my face because I know it's ineffective, and it's propping up tyranny.) The lady who asked me then asked to see my exemption, which isn't legal, and I told her so. Thankfully another lady stepped forward and waved me in. But I'm done complying with the covidocracy.
Just dropped my dog off at the vet's for a teeth cleaning. They have a polite sign on the door asking everyone to mask, which I ignored. Everyone there is masked up but they didn't say anything to me for not wearing one. I'm with the others that say if you don't wear one most of the time they don't mess with you (depending where you are - I'm in Boise, ID). But if the business forces you? Walk out. The only way this stops. And it needs to stop.
I picked up my son from boarding school on Sunday as he had been in close contact with a mate who picked up COVID. My son was tested yesterday and today received a confirmation that he is positive. I was THRILLED beyond description. It means he can avoid vaccination before going abroad. Furthermore I asked him to spit in my hands several times so I could lick it up and get the virus as well. Loads of FLCCC I-MASK protocol stuff in the fridge should it accelerate. Love and respect all the effort put into these very frequent blog posts. May you be eternally rewarded.
It's the stinking same in Commiefornia. I left NYC 10 years ago and did not realize I would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. I'm thinking of moving to a red state once my family commitments are finished. Who knew blue would be the new fascist?
I live in Phoenix, which has been open and mask free for a while. Went to commie REI store on Sunday and refused when they demanded mask. People must refuse to go backwards-otherwise this insanity will never end. Realize for some places this is easier said than done though. Also spent joyous month in Switzerland in August. All out having fun. Beyond me why they want stupid and pointless V pass now.
I found a grocery store near me where they don't harass you if you dont mask. Each week, a greater and greater proportion of people don't.
What's the worst that will happen to you? Some neurotic Karen will tell you to mask up? So, put it on your chin and walk away.
Be the change!
From friend in Germany:
"New rules in Germany, starting tomorrow: complete lockdown for the unvaxxed. Only grocery shopping allowed, other shopping requires test. Public transportation, which most people take here in the big city, requires test as well. No more visits to hair salons, gyms etc. It‘s worse than last year‘s lockdown for everyone. The unvaxxed are blamed for the „high numbers“ and need to be punished. They are talking about "terror by the unvaxxed."
Austria is even worse: the unvaxxed are not allowed to leave their homes except for grocery shopping. They are not allowed to leave their counties either. Treated like criminals."
This IS coming to the US. People are lying to themselves if they don't think it is.
And so-called covid19 is still a cold virus with a 99.27% chance of survival. Just like any other cold or flu.
Sounds like us in Canada. I have to test every week for work, which is killing me financially especially with inflation. But I grew up in poverty, so I have survived worse. You cannot make a man with a chip on his shoulder prostrate before the throne if he chooses not to.
Just forwarded this as *must read.* You are one of the best voices in the medical freedom movement.
I'm in NJ and only where masks where absolutely required. If it says unvaccinated required then I still don't wear one. I love how a family member accused me of "keeping the pandemic going" by not wearing a mask because it's all us unvaccinated people spreading it around. I said that's interesting, if you're vaccinated how can I spread a disease I don't have to you?
Many leftists are flocking to Florida yet will be sure to let you know how truly horrible it is in Florida because the saw it on CNN. The ultimate hypocrisy.
I am in Houston and there are no mandates or rules or anything requiring masks, anywhere at all. Yet there is a subset of the population, especially minorities, but not exclusively, who can’t help themselves but walk around with a muzzle all the time. Especially at the supermarket for some reason.
I cannot understand why anyone would willingly subject themselves to it, especially when it’s quite clear that it makes no difference at all to transmission. Same as for the extremely poor cost-benefit of the shots.
The only answer I can come up with is security blanket / talisman / virtue signaling, all irrational. There is no rational reason to keep doing this at all.
It happened the same to me when I visit my family back in Spain this summer. People wearing masks alone in the streets, people wearing masks at home when visiting us or other people. It was mandatory everywhere. I did not wear it one single time outside, and only mesh masks when required while shopping, even with police around and nobody fined me. People there didn’t even try to violate or bypass the mandates. They just embraced it, I suspect they even liked it. This is the worst part. I just lost lots of “friends”/family but, good riddance, they were not dear anyway, and I felt kind of liberated not to pretend I care for their opinion. Then I flew back to Florida where you can live a normal live if you want and still cannot understand why most of the people prefer the mandates instead of living your live as you see fit. Truly depressing.
I am so sad to read this. We frequent PR as my wife hails from Luquillo. As a Gringo, I always enjoyed the general disobedience I witnessed while in PR. People passing me on the right, music, drink and dancing at small gas station like businesses along Route 3. I hope the spirit of the people can rise up against this tyranny.
I love Puerto Rico and am saddened to hear about the idiocy. I dread traveling to blue states. Luckily I live in the deep (very red) south. On the rare occasions a mask is required , like doctors offices, I can honestly say I don’t have one.
I'm so glad to be living here in FL. I'm still traveling outside of the country, but generally only going places I can get away without having to mask up and follow those ridiculous rules when there.
I travelled from LA to Prescott and Gilbert AZ. 350 miles and the entire ecosystem changes. Even the most hipster AZ joints are 90% unmasked, even the ponytail soy boys don’t do it, it’s crazy.
Sorry. I take living in a sane part of the world for granted. It’s shocking how our world has changed in two years.
Moving to Florida from Los Angeles and never coming back myself https://www.fox13news.com/news/florida-lawmakers-consider-withdrawing-state-from-osha-during-special-session
Living in Los Angeles has been soul crushing for 2 years. Ok it wasn't great before that but at least the weather made up for some of the crazy. Now the crazy is overwhelming and at some point the unvaxxed (me and my kids) won't be allowed to leave like those in Canada. Yay! America!
Looking on the bright side of the cab driver's story, the worse it gets the bigger the resistance grows. The means to defeat totalitarianism are baked in. But I completely agree that it's heavy being confronted with it all at once like you were.
I agree 100%. I live in the Midwest, western Iowa to be exact. I'd say we are 99% normal. About the only thing that brings back the bad memmories are doctor visits and traveling by air. It is literally like two separate universes! I can't comprehend how the lockdown and masked people can't study us and see that what they are doing is not accomplishing anything.
unfortunately this is basically all of LATAM right now. I spent 4 months in Mexico earlier this year for work, and was amazed at how no one - not a single person - anywhere I went in the country questions the cult of mask or any of the tenets of the branch covidian faith. The situation is similar in other countries I keep up with - Colombia, Argentina, and on and on. I don't know what cultural aspects of LATAM have caused such unquestioning obedience, but it is disappointing to see this happen to countries I have spent so much time in
I just traveled abroad to Colombia for a wedding. To enter Colombia there are ZERO restrictions regarding PCR tests, vaccines, etc. People there wear masks pretty much everywhere but don't look at you sideways if you don't wear one.
The return to the states was different. If you're a US citizen and are unvaxxed then you need a negative test with 24 hours of departure (if you're vaxxed it's 72 hours). The wedding party arranged for a lab to come to the hotel and administer the tests. Since most guests were vaxxed they made these arrangements for Saturday but we weren't leaving until Monday. The lab guy told my wife not worry, stating that the Saturday test would be fine for me. When she later found out the Saturday test wouldn't be good enough for me she angrily contacted the lab saying we wasted money getting a worthless test. If you guessed that they sent someone out to administer a new test on Sunday, you'd be WRONG. They just sent a new test result with Sunday's date. It's all theater.
"this spell breaks when you’re away from it. you come back and with fresh eyes see it for what it really is because you can see it all at once and not in the little increments in which it was forced upon you."
You are describing my every trip to the airport now that we have been TV-less for about 5 years. Even the kids notice what mandatory airport Pravda-TV does: "Dad are there really that many [mixed race] families in America?" "Daddy, why do the TV people keep talking about Trump? He isn't President anymore....right?" "Honey they are saying the CDC wants 3 shots and 3 masks....what the heck?" Yes, a clean break and return reveals a lot of warts in our society.
The only choice is to move. At this point, if your community is still participating in all the rituals then you have to assume they have adopted this as their new life. Beyond Governors, etc, by now if your fellow neighbors are loving the cult you must go elsewhere. There are still plenty of fantastic and fee places out there - rural Kentucky is one of them. Have never worn a mask here, not once. People are sane and polite. Sure, a few still wear a mask inside the grocery but it's rare.
Masks are required here in WA but I refuse. Sometimes I'm the only one in the store without one, but every week I see more and more people without them. At home Depot we are now at the point where more people are maskless than wearing them. Set the example for the world you want to live in.
"La Isla del Encanto", also meaning "hechizo', so untill the spell is over the sorcerer's will sow their enchant.
We're going through the dark side of existence, in words, actions and souls.
Light will soon return, right will again reign.
"The course of action I'd suggest is a course of action I can't suggest."
Sorry to ask, as I must have missed it if you mentioned it (and please ignore my question if you had chosen not to disclose this), but where did you spend your summer of no covidiocy? And is going back a viable option?
I am contemplating how for so long the west criticized fundamentalist Islam about burkas and how it is abusive to women to make them cover their faces. Now we have a whole new global religion that makes everyone cover their faces and its great!
We just got back to our home in HI from one in CO and it’s jarring, as your feeling going back to PR. We also just found out this am that we can’t go to see the debut of our Godson’s composition he wrote for the ladies philharmonic in Bogata because, starting today, you have to have a vax card to go most anywhere socially in Columbia. Insane!
A sliver of lining though is that CO gov. Polis said he won’t go back to masks after comparing his no mask policy of late with that of NM where masks have been mandated since no difference in Covid response has been observed. Someone actually paid attention to the natural experiments going on around and acted rationally!!
I’m Puerto Rican and went there in September to take my mothers ashes. I live in Arizona. It was horrible. It’s sad to see proud Puerto Ricans being subjugated that way.
Will probably not return. I really have no reason to go back.
What a melancholy and disheartening experience to witness the degradation of your homeland. Sounds like they could use some gato power to rekindle their felinity and spark the resistance 💥
What’s with all the cat stuff? Just kidding. Is that Leonardo DeCatrio and Kat Winslet?
Was recently considering a move to PR (splitting time) because of favorable tax conditions, it’s beautiful, friends there.. but this post feels like a deal breaker for me. I’m in CA and the last thing I’d want to do is go to somewhere more restrictive. I used to love Australia, NZ and even thought about spending a few years out there.. but now not sure when I’ll even visit again.
Where in the world is the most tolerant, most free? Least “under the spell” of this madness? I just want simple society & kind people. Wish we could rally a group of like minded and populate an island somewhere
I live in Texas so I never get hassled anymore. I have decided if I do to just say “I’m vaccinated”. Let them tell me the vaccines don’t work.
It is difficult to understand that people will delegate their rights to an unseen and unanswering god aka government. For many the act of thinking through a problem and coming up with an actual solution is too bothersome and maybe in some smug cases, beneath them. "We have government to do that for us. That is why we pay taxes." There are vast swarths of humanity that look at that stupid screen in their living rooms and swear by the often inaccurate and nearly always incomplete information used to tell the viewer what to do about anything from shopping for gasoline to their very health and wellbeing. There are so many pharmaceutical commercials it is easy to see who controls content on the screen if, of course, you think about those things.
SW FL is beautiful this time of year. Leave your mask at home - it's useless anyway.
The way the taxi guy feels.. yea that's how I feel. Trusted you the first time, why should I trust you a second time.
So sorry Gato.
I'm in western Washington state and it sounds the same.
I do not wear mask at grocery store or Costco now and usually get away with it. Can you try that there? What happens?
Restaurants are the worst. They are usually VERY strict. So weird. We don't go anymore, even it it's not a vax pass place.
The vet clinics are also horrible. Worse than the dentist, which is cray-cray strict.
My mask, which I only wore a few times then ditched the nonsense completely says “This is a Lie”.
Hardly effective I know, but at least I stood out from the covidiots in some way and did not appear as a willing or even eager participant / enabler.
The Turkey thinks the farmer is his friend right up until the day before Thanksgiving. I'm not sure what the appropriate thing to say to a cat that finds itself behind enemy Branch Covidian Territory is. If you were human I would probably say something like "Sorry about your loss." But I know you area fierce feline, so I will just say: "You be you, and don't take any shit off anybody."
Wear an emperor's mask? They can't see it? Too bad.
I wore one in Colorado for one week, and then I said, "no more." Nobody said anything to me even though I was usually the only one not wearing a mask.
On a selfish note, gato, if you're a golfer I'd like to invite you to a round of golf at the course of your choosing (other than TPC Dorado...too pricey!). Coco Beach, Bahia Beach, El Conquistador, maybe The Links at Royal Isabela. You name it.
Y'know, to celebrate your return to tyranny and totalitarianism.
I live in southern New Hampshire and we still have a lot of maskaholics:
Went to Costco the other day and somewhere in the 80% range still wore masks. It's not required.
I was in South Carolina for a week in early October and felt free! Close to zero masking. After getting off the plane with my mask on, the first hint of this was a lot of people not wearing masks in baggage claim. I was maskless for almost a week until the return flight. This may be my new destination if I lose my job due to jab mandates.
Same is true here in Arlington, VA, though to a lesser extent. Some of us remain sane even in this People's Republic. We are not an island, so one only has to drive 35 minutes south on I-95 to find regular human beings living their life as though the last 20 months never happened.
It is fu*king insane here in PR, and too many people here are spineless, frightened sheep who apparently possess zero critical thinking and reading comprehension skills.
Granted, there are some US states that don't deserve statehood, but the genie's out of the bottle for them. Can't undo that.
I haven't been an advocate for statehood for PR for a variety of other reasons, but the degree to which soooooo many people here seem unsuited for freedom and its attendant civic duties and responsibilities is sufficient, IMO, to fight against statehood.
Great post! I feel the same way going from AZ back into WA.
Reposting this at the top of the thread for those of us who live in covidocracies where masks are required. An excellent strategy for dealing with shopping sans mask: https://strongandfreecanada.org/vlog/going-mask-free-stress-free-iron-will-on-everything-ep-2/
This sentence caught my eye:
"they walk muzzled and bovine though stores and supermarkets."
And it reminded me of something that I recently wrote to a friend:
I was poking around the origins of the word "vaccine" and apparently it evolves out of Jenner's work creating an innoculation for variolae vaccinae or cowpox. Vaccinia being the Latin for cow, over time "vaccinated" became synomous with "innoculated" like how kleenix means tissue.
So everytime someones says that they are "vaccinated" they are basically saying that they are "cowed" and that definition:
frightened into submission or compliance.
Yikes...vaccintated vs unvaccinated. Cowed vs. uncowed. Frightened vs. unafraid.
So is it:
C O V I D - 19
or is it really:
C O W E D - 19