Apologizing for Opinions and Truth in Journalism

You see it all over – people’s voices getting silenced. You see it again and again – a group of angry people ready to aim and fire whenever someone says anything that they don’t agree with and they decry it screaming for an apology.

When looking up the latest news on the Denver riots, I say this headline from the WestWord that IMMEDIATELY spurred my interest because it is one of the first times I have seen something with the words “VANDALISM” and one of the first times I saw a headline take a negative stance towards the vandalism and violence. It said “Denver Riots’ Worst Act of Vandalism So Far“.

I went to click on the link, as you may have tried to above… and guess what?!?! IT IS GONE!

Why? Well, I am guessing because it said “Riots'” and “Worst Act” and “Vandalism”. It has been nearly impossible for the media to admit that among the peaceful protestors who are definitely the majority, that there is this very dangerous angry minority that are doing extreme harm to the entire community, including people of color and people stuck in poverty. Why it is so hard to say that, I am not sure… why is this page gone? What is the truth? The truth is EVERYTHING – the peaceful, the rioting, the prayers, the vandalism – it is all true – there’s no opinion when you present the truth… what happened to journalism and just presenting actual information?!?!?! Why are people being silenced who present data and differing information?!?!?!?!

The New York Times apologized for an op-ed (AN OPINION) from Tom Cotton – that obviously people may disagree with – that is the WHOLE POINT OF OPINIONS – so I am not sure what the issue is. Can’t we be liberal enough to agree to disagree? Liberalism is letting people speak and having open debate. Liberalism is NOT shutting people up because you don’t like what they have to say.

Drew Brees apologized for disagreeing with taking a knee during the National Anthem. It’s just his opinion. You can hate him for it – but doesn’t he have a right to feel that way? I don’t demand an apology from everyone I disagree with… I just disagree with them, even if it pisses me off. I am happy and proud to have differing opinions, not constantly insulted and outraged to the point of wanting to shut others up.

But, as I am finding out… I am not normal… and wanting peaceful protesting, vigorous debating, and intelligent, calculated, productive rebelling – is not what most people really want.

Tank rebelling against gravity today at the park. I think he is actually a Dragon. 😉

Day 78 – Kicked Off Facebook

Well, I have been put in an infinite loop of trying to use my Facebook account. I wonder why.

A couple years ago my YouTube Channel was pulled – nothing outrageously political on there, but we did have videos of our hemp fields. Craziness.
I am so frustrated – I don’t use Facebook for me personally very much, but we do have a page for our store. I had tried the last 2 weeks to purchase advertising for the fresh pastries and breads that we were bringing in, and it said that our account had been disabled for advertising.

And then I tried to submit the form to ask WHY our account was disabled and it would not let me press the submit button – here’s the video.

I have now been logged out of the Facebook application on my phone and on all my computers. When I try to log in, it says it is sending a 6-digit code to my phone however I NEVER GET ONE. I haven’t for 2 weeks. I am locked out in and infinite loop. No recourse. No one to call and complain to. Shut down.

No code is sent to my phone. I have tried repeatedly.

Locked out. Shut up. It is happening to people who don’t agree with Tech Giant platforms. I think it is because I have always been a staunch liberal advocate for the Constitution and Food and Medicine Freedom. This is how they shut you up and make it impossible to grow your company. This is tyranny. And I don’t know how to fix it. Yet.

Day 73 of the New COVID Reality – It’s Getting Ugly Out There

You can feel the anger seething off of most people. Masked like a faceless victim – ruled by fear – the new God for those who refuse to ask questions, refuse to take personal responsibility, refuse to have dialogue or respectful conversation.

That seething hatred – I feel it every time I go to a store. It used to be fun to shop. It used to be fun to look around at things – at the grocery store, the nursery, the lumber-yard. It used to be fun to be a part of a capitalist society – but not anymore.

You have to be masked – so you can’t breathe or smell anything. Olfactory input is actually pretty important to the human species, and society is effectively obeying our masters to stop exploring the world with part of our senses.

You have to stand 6 feet apart – but in many retail settings it is literally impossible to pass people or shop that way, creating a constant barrage of internal questions about where you should stand, how you should move, and how you should properly comply. I needed eggs, but there were people hovering there, and I didn’t want to make them uncomfortable, so I went and hovered somewhere else waiting, but then in the meantime missed my chance to grab a container before another masked and faceless human entity swarmed in so that I continued this incredible f-ed up dance of not doing what I wanted and needed to do to make other people who could care less about me feel comfortable. Sad.

It is miserable shopping for flowers when you feel compelled to hurry and get out of there because all of the senior citizens (not all, but MANY) are glaring at you – I feel like they hate young people and would rather us not be “out and about” so they can shop without the chance of having exposure to us potential asymptomatic carriers of disease. I wish they understood that I am the one ensuring their 401K and Social Security.

It is all very uncomfortable. Very miserable. And if it is a sign of what is to come, it is time to close up shop and look into doing something different. At my store we want to offer people a beautiful shopping experience – it is hard to experience beauty when you are afraid, when you are masked and gloved. And now, according the “the experts” the best thing to do is to treat EVERYONE like they are infected . Sounds like a recipe for a disastrous and violent shopping experience.

Tank ain’t worried about none of this. My saving grace.

Day 60 – Freedom of Speech Means No Restrictions – Removal of Plandemic (and more) from YouTube and Twitter

Freedom of Speech does not mean that people can tell you to shut up, even if they disagree with you. Even if what you say is “false”. Even if what you say is a “conspiracy theory”. Even if you are “wrong”. Even if you are “misinformed”. Even if you are “mean”. Even if you are “hurtful”. Freedom of speech means that your speech is FREE. And people, can decide if they want to listen or not. That is THEIR FREEDOM TO DECIDE.

The blatant removal of people’s voices – even if they are DEAD WRONG – is corrupt. Who gets to decide? Who decides what is right and wrong? It should not be government. It should not be media. Only individuals should have the ability and right to decide.

As soon as the government says that you can’t say what you think (even if it is false, even if it is a conspiracy theory, even if you are wrong, even if you are misinformed, even if you are mean) – you are no longer free and subject to having your will taken away from the equation. As soon as the media says that you can’t say what you think (even if it is false, even if it is a conspiracy theory, even if you are wrong, even if you are misinformed, even if you are mean) – you no longer have freedom of the press. And as soon as social media shuts down your voice and feed (even if it is false, even if it is a conspiracy theory, even if you are wrong, even if you are misinformed, even if you are mean) – you are dead to them, you have no voice and no outlet.

This from the New York Times: “YouTube and Facebook have removed the “Plandemic” scene, saying that it spread inaccurate information about Covid-19 that could be harmful to the public. But the video continues to circulate, as people post new copies. Twitter added an “unsafe” warning on at least one link featuring Dr. Mikovits on the social network, and blocked the hashtags #PlagueOfCorruption and #Plandemicmovie from trends and search.”

This is inexcusable – but of course there is no recourse for such. People have to be aware that this severe push-back on people’s right to explore opinions and facts, people’s right to be wrong, people’s right to think what they want to think and say what they want to say – EVEN IF IT MEANS THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN LIFE AND DEATH – that is what is granted to us in our Constitutional Republic. That is what makes (or made) our country different. As soon as people tell you that you cannot explore others’ opinions and fact, but have to listen ONLY to what they have to say – you are now being ruled by someone. You are no longer free.

Scary, but so happy to see people fighting back.

Who gets to decide what is seen or not seen? Could these people possibly have an opinion or agenda of their own? Hmmm……

Day 58 Coronavirus Contemplations

My brother tells me that the Earth is Satan’s playground. That is starting to make more sense to me now. I think I have been in utter denial most of my adult life – believing in good and in humanity and in “helping people”. It feels pretty dismal out there. Maybe I am just tired.

This about sums it up for my 2020 outlook.

Having a retail store, I get to really get a pulse on consumers and sentiment. I have opted out of a face mask because I think it is incredibly unhealthy to recirculate air that you have already breathed out – getting a continuous dose of humidity, bacteria, and CO2. If people are afraid of me – I think their masks are supposed to protect them… right? Isn’t that why they are wearing a mask? To be protected from the virus? If they are protected with their mask… then why do I need to wear one?

It’s just like vaccines. What problem do you have with me NOT getting a vaccine if you have one that is supposed to protect you from whatever I may have that you are vaccinated for? If you are protected, what does it matter what I do?

Or does it go much deeper than that. Like people getting their jollies in telling others, mandating what others, violently enforcing what others do. Liberalism used to stand for the individual. Progressives are supposed to stand against large corporate rulers (like pharmaceutical companies) and political corruption (like how the FDA and most government agencies are bought and paid for).

In the Roaring Fork Valley, we are known for our progressive and liberal politics… can we stand to have political discourse? Can we stand for individuals’ constitutional rights? Can we stand for CHOICE? Why can I choose to have an abortion but not choose to wear a mask or not? Doesn’t that seem hypocritical?

You can see the dissent and the tension… and I can feel the choices we have to make if we want to preserve any type of liberty and freedom in our movement and actions. With the impossibility of reaching “the masses” through social media streams that are SHUTTING UP people who are dissenting from the status quo, the only hope for us? Divine intervention is what I am thinking at this point.

Does this count as a face mask?

Day 54 of Coronavirus Hatred

This is how my morning started.

A man came into the store (before I had officially opened) – obviously fearful of me because he had a mask on and I did not.

He violently put an empty jar of product on the counter – ran back to the door and shouted “I need another one of THOSE” – pointing to the jar he had slammed on the counter.

I knew this was going to be unpleasant.

He asked if I did not believe in masks (I had not even had the chance to turn everything on at the store yet and was a little caught off guard) – and I said that they made me feel sick. Which they do. Because you are recycling dirty air and carbon dioxide which is incredibly unhealthy. He was visibly pissed from the peering eyes coming out over that mask that was so effectively working to muzzle his spewing.

I offered to go get a mask to make him feel more comfortable. He declined.

So, later that night, this is the lovely feedback I received:

Square ReceiptHello,
As I voiced my serious concern to you personally at check out to the fact that you being the owner of the store did not bother to wear a face mask, it
only occurred to me as I was already on my way that should have returned the item…..but I have definitely decided to get my product in the future elsewhere.
I believe you that mask may produce some discomfort or a headache as you mentioned but your store does not have the kind of frequency where you have to wear it continually simply have it at hand and wear it as a customer enters the door. I considered your comment a foul excuse and disrespect to your customer and fellow human being. Considering the seriousness of covid19 we all have an obligation to do our part – no question.

I had 2 beers in me when I got this and restrained from replying that night. The next day I refunded him, and replied:

“Dear Sir, So sorry for how upset you are. We have refunded you and think you will definitely find a better fit for your shopping experience other than our store. Best, The That’s Natural Team”

This was the first time in 3 years I have ever been treated like this in my space. So miserable. So unbelievably sad. I absolutely love and care about people and my customers. To have people make you feel this way is the worst. How much longer will this go on?

Sadly, I think for a long, long time.

Day 32 of Coronavirus Contemplations & Insanity

Four Weeks AFTER the virus has been circulating.. NOW, NOW IS THE TIME FOR MORE!

HERETIC. I can already hear it. I am going to be one of THOSE people. I am going to be somebody that doesn’t completely FOLLOW and OBEY and STAY. I am going to be somebody that says something. A true liberal would listen, but I live in the Roaring Fork Valley – where it is dangerous to be classically liberal and allow ALL to speak and attempt to have common-sense conversations versus blindly living in fear.

At our (Tank and I) favorite off-leash dog park, they have decided to MAKE people use leashes (including out in the field where you rarely come into contact with anyone any day of the week). I was so enraged, I had to let this calm down in my head for a couple days.

First of all, if they wanted to have ANY type of f-ing impact, they should have done this A MONTH AGO. Not now. We are nearly 5 weeks in – and everyone in the Valley is going to the same TWO grocery stores. If you want to know where a “Super Spreader Event” is going to happen – it is going to be in the grocery stores – not in a f^c#ng FIELD away from all humanity.

Second of all, there are some pretty angry people that CANNOT STAND DOGS, and especially cannot stand them running free BEING DOGS off leash. These are a special category of people that I loathe because they feel it is their duty to take away the fun and freedom from people like ME. They hate joy (if they don’t like dogs, you know there is a deeper problem within their psyche – just sayin’), and they hate seeing SPONTANEOUS reactions from people and animals alike. They want you to CONFORM. LEASH. MASK. OBEY. F^C#!NG RIDICULOUS.

Are we really protecting our community by not allowing people to play sports while practicing social distancing? It IS possible to shoot hoops alone… it is also possible to hit a tennis ball on a wall by yourself. Are we really heroes for making people stay at home?

I want to be a good community member. I practice social distancing. I have taken a huge hit with my company. I am not actively complaining. I don’t judge others for how they are reacting. I want people to feel safe and stay healthy. I have not been to our 2 major grocery stores in 3 weeks, I hate how it feels in there with all of these masked people with sunglasses afraid of being around anyone even though these draconian measures were put into effect nearly 4 weeks after the COVID-19 virus started circulating in the Valley. I get their fear – I am not participating in that but respect peoples’ rights to.

I just want to live my life freely… as long as I am not hurting anyone else. I go to the dog park nearly every day. I rarely see anyone at the time we go. If we see someone I can easily stand 6 feet apart from them. I pay at least $16,000 in taxes to the State and local governments every year. I want to take my dog for an off-leash walk – THIS IS NOT HARMING ANYONE ELSE IF I DO NOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH ANYONE ELSE. My head.

STAY HOME. Keep staying home. Just don’t look at the window and see people NOT staying home. Starbucks had a line this morning in Basalt… the good news is COFFEE IS ESSENTIAL AND NECESSARY REASON NOW I guess! And I agree!!

Day 28 of Coronavirus Contemplations & Rage

STAY.

Today, when I walked into a “local” small grocery store in Basalt I was stopped at the door (to the approximately 500 square foot space MAYBE) and told that I could not come in unless I had a mask and gloves. I am not sure why that set me off. I guess I really don’t want to hurt people, but at this point (about 30 days after all this started – to date there have been 39 cases and 2 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pitkin County, Colorado) it seems like it is a bit overkill. Am I a bad or stupid person for thinking this? Thankfully I had my park gloves and some neck wrap thing in my truck. It was the second most unpleasant visit to date after accidentally going to Whole Foods during Senior Hour (because I ALWAYS go to the grocery store early).

While I was in there, an older gentleman came in and it is quite incredible how most of these people I have encountered treat me (someone pretty young and I THINK pretty healthy looking) like some carrier of disease. It really f^ck$ with your psyche. It really hurts because these are the people I work for – paying their social security and ensuring the stock market will hold their 401K. But right now, I am a potential Super Spreader I guess. I really don’t ever want to go to the grocery store again.

OBEY.

I am sad. And angry. Is this the “new normal”? Most people were a$$ho!es before, now we get to have a$$ho!ies with masks and sunglasses. I think it will be like keyboard warriors. People are more apt to show their horrible and sick nature when they can hide behind a screen, or a mask, or sunglasses.

Is it worth a fight? Is it worth a conversation (which in most cases would actually be an argument because people are so amazingly stuck on their own ideas and egos that they cannot even fathom LISTENING to someone else)?

Oh, and now that we are sterilizing everything and supposedly constantly and continuously ‘sanitizing’ our hands – does that make us more safe? Or actually more prone to disease? Isn’t there something to building immunity? Isn’t there something about letting your bacteria and immune system have SOME exposure to microbes and such because not ALL of them are scary and bad? Hmmm… for the next pandemic and crisis – I am thinking we should take a look at that. I am not sure who “we” are though. Me and Tank maybe. Great Danes cannot social distance. I build my immunity every day through Great Dane kisses.

This is how we roll down Highway 82. Tank is my navigator.

Day 25 of Coronavirus Contemplations

Tank the Great Dane Casida at the park living his best life - April 2020.
Tank is not worried about anything because he is at complete peace with the Universe. Mommy must learn from him but she is afraid of achieving Rainbow Body too young.

What a tremendous mind-f^*k.

I was watching Impractical Jokers last night (probably the best programming I have ever seen, I have been a huge fan for many years), and of course most of their stunts are based in New York. Watching them touch people (like Joe Gatto with his nose) and shake hands, and hug people – all of that – GONE. It is gone. Whenever I saw them touching people you could already hear the programming in my head (which I though was not prone to this type of programming) – where’s your hand sanitizer? I can’t imagine people not completely freaking out now. We are being scared out of our minds. Dangerous.

What is hardest for me to grapple with is that this “enemy” is indeed invisible – so much so that we really have no f-ing clue what is ACTUALLY going on. I don’t know. I don’t believe anything that’s for sure.

Imagine – here is a virus (we think, we really don’t even know if THAT is true, maybe it is something else – see if you can find Dr. Cameron Kyle-Slidell’s video)… I am not sure if I will be able to upload it or not) – here is this thing that is killing thousands of people.

  1. We don’t know what it is exactly.
  2. People who are asymptomatic can spread it (that means EVERYBODY at all times can be a “carrier” – no wonder why the old people in Whole Foods look at me like Satan).
  3. We don’t know how long an asymptomatic person can “shed” it for (an indefinite mind-f^*k).
  4. We don’t know how long it lasts in the air or on surfaces.
  5. We don’t know conditions that may worsen it (although I have a gut feeling it is our overall depleted immune systems through crap-food, GMOs, environmental toxins, and EMFs – including 5G).

I can’t believe I am still operating. I have suffered from panic attacks all my life and am keeping it together because I had this realization that we are all going to die and I REFUSE TO DIE IN A PLACE OF FEAR.

But this is bad. Will we recover from this? Will people hug again? Will Joe put his nose on people again? God, I really hope so.

Day 22 of Coronavirus Contemplation

The good news?  Liquor stores are considered an

I am going to start keeping track of what is going on because my mind is spinning. Maybe writing about it will help. Although I doubt it, pushing forward with optimistic intentions regardless.

Two nights ago I had a panic attack because I sneezed and after watching the news for several hours had lowered myself to the level of thinking that maybe this was the end for me – maybe I was next to go to the hospital and die. Of course I sneeze almost every day, but now, it is something to think about, and think about, and obsess about. I know others are anxious like me because of this panic-driven news cycle. I am sick of my mind, but I can fix that. I can turn off the TV. I can try to meditate. I can do about a million other things than being anxious about my doom.

In Aspen, the first known cases were around March 12th. A progression of “suggestions” and mandates and orders have us operating in the unknown like most communities in the United States. The country is navigating waters she has never seen before.

Fears include the take-over of our government by nefarious forces that want to keep us on our knees. The end of capitalism as we know it. The sad suckling sounds of people eager to feed off the government teat (and trust me, I think that is completely warranted right now – just scary). How are we going to fix this mess?

Contemplations (I guess that is not a word? Too bad) include: what is wealth, what is money, what is value, and how can we change our banking system and financial institutions into something more sustainable?

I want truth. I really think the TRUTH is that we really don’t know what this virus is, where it came from exactly (certainly China, but man-made for bio-warfare, a mistake leak, or something different altogether). We don’t know how exactly it transmits (it is probably from a variety of ways, and there is really no use debating them, it would be better to investigate them all). We don’t know how long it will last. As a matter of fact, I think it may be here to stay, as most viruses are.

Onward.

The good news? Liquor stores are considered an “essential business” – so we are stocked.

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