Shelter-in-Place Day 2–6 | #TC55

NATO got new face, COVID crossed 300K, and hair care in quarantine

There’s a real possibility this pandemic could be historically remembered within the US, and maybe not globally if Beijing has its way, as “The Trumpian Plague.” Like many leaders before him, there was very little DJT could do to stop the association between the pandemic and himself since it occurred during his administration. Ask Emperor Justinian how that’s working out for him.

Trump’s monumental mishandling of this crisis will be remembered forever.

What do most people know about Emperor Nero? That Rome burned under his watch. Why? Humans never forget when leaders fail at their most important job: protect us.

Rather than prepare the American people and the world for the reality we faced, he called it a “hoax” through February and now tens of thousands of people will unnecessarily die because he was too terrified to lead.

Imagine what the United States of America could have done in those first two months if we were led by a half-competent leader? How many tests would we be able to perform every day? How many factories would already be transitioned to vital medical equipment and supplies to meet the challenge at hand? Would 2.25 million Americans have filed for unemployment last week alone? How many LGBTQ+ students wouldn’t find themselves suddenly unsupported and potentially homeless?

Do not get me wrong. I am not discrediting the inspiring work we’re seeing across the country, in every state. It is amazing that many parts of the business community have slowly made that transition.

However, it’s an obstacle that required and still calls for, a leader.

Not even a great one. Not even decent. Just one willing to try.

Stay safe and healthy, beautiful people. And, thanks for reading.

Kyle (@kgborland)

PS – Some shelter-in-place reads for you as the nation follows CA’s lead.


“Finish every day and be done with it … You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. To-morrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenly, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Trascendalist philosopher


One Empire Thing: NATO Has a New Member


One International Thing: COVID-19 Updates


One Cultural Thing: Quarantine Hair Care

While my partner and I adjust to quarantine life, there is one aspect of the shutdown that will grow more impossible to ignore with each passing day. Luckily, one of my favorite Instagram accounts illustrated our near future perfectly.

France entered a lockdown since this Monday, and we could be fined for leaving our home for reasons not deemed essential. Unfortunately, one of those non-essential reasons is going to a barbershop (they are all closed by the way). And since none of us is confident enough to give the other a decent hair cut, I'm predicting some wild growth of our hair and beard. XD
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This is our 3rd day of confinement in a national two-weeks lockdown. And according to the news, our country is likely to remain in confinement for another month. We are doing fine, so please don't worry about us, guys. However, I can't say the same for the rest of Europe, especially for our neighbour Italy. Sending my best prayers to Italy, and we're sending our positive vibes to everyone who's affected by this health crisis. Please stay at home and follow strictly the "social distancing" rules. I mean, come on guys, if you are a geek or a geek at heart, it shouldn't be that hard. It's our responsibility to protect others in this society, especially the elderly and people who have pre-medical conditions. Stay home and stay healthy.
March 19, 2020

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