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No mention of political parties or personalities.

No mention of group identities.

No labels.

No name calling.

No scolding.

No effort to get people to stop wearing masks.

 

June 30, 2020 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

The Safety of Outdoor Air for Coronavirus Is Now Obvious

“There is now powerful observational evidence that outdoor air is extraordinary safe regarding COVID-19, and the recent protests have helped provide it.”

“The protests/riots began in Seattle and other cities on May 26th.”

“You want more evidence? No problem. About a month ago, there was a huge media commotion about “irresponsible” outdoor parties at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks (see picture below from the famous “party cove”. Several media outlets promised a huge uptick in COVID-19 cases.”

What actually happened? Nothing. No spike of COVID-19 cases in the neighboring counties. Outdoor air is safe.”

“The other day I was biking down the Burke Gilman trail and an older women saw me coming and fled off the trail, pushing her mask tight around her mouth as she turned to face away from me. There was profound fear in her eyes and it was completely unnecessary. Really bothered me.”

“And such fear is being stoked by local politicians and governments. The City of Seattle parks STILL has many of the parking lots closed and threatening signs everything.”

 

In a free society, you will find situations that are not set up to try to please everyone. Several examples are described below.

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here and people who opt out on attending services.

Some churches do not allow women to be clergy members, or require women to dress in a certain way or keep their hair a certain way.

Should they be forced into compliance?

Some churches operate a pre-school, daycare, kitchen, shelter, youth program, summer camp, substance abuse program, high school, etc.

Should they be forced into compliance?

 

Must wear a mask?

June 23, 2020 KING5

Snohomish County nursery bans masks for staff during the coronavirus pandemic

Sign of a free society:

Postema said if it bothers customers, they can take their business elsewhere.”

Just because the governor says so, that doesn’t mean anything to me.”

“We have acres out here. We can do six feet of social distancing. So, we will keep it how it is,” he said.

 

I feel like a man on the moon in 1969 was a proud American moment.

Since that time, both major parties have taken turns in power and have squandered credibility that would help in the current situation.

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam to stay safe.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

When do the people in charge answer for all this?

More here:

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

What others are saying

Alternative media:

 

Not alternative media:

June 25, 2020 WUSA9

VERIFY: Why a face mask box says it provides no protection to the wearer

Not alternative media:

 

June 7, 2020 The Everett Herald

Snohomish’s rogue barber can still be sanctioned, state says

“Barber Bob Martin keeps cutting hair and brushing aside attempts by the state to get him to stop.”

“He continued serving patrons after the state Department of Licensing suspended his cosmetology operator license and served him with a cease-and-desist order for doing business without a salon shop license.”

 

Florist shop and bakery refuse service to gay customers

If I ran a bakery-

Store policy:

We do quality cakes for all occasions-no customer application/background check required.

Growing numbers of happy customers and building our positive reputation is our goal.

Please tell your friends & contact us at any time.

 

Recommendation for a free society-

Stay away from one size fits all mandates.

Let business people make business decisions.

Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

But, does that mean a business could refuse service to people of a certain faith or people of color?

Yes.

As soon as such a policy was announced-mainstream news and social media networks would put the word out & the business would suffer immediate consequences-unlike legal action that may take years to develop.

Duff Goldman, ‘Ace Of Cakes’ Chef, Offers To Bake Rejected Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake For Free

 

No indoor smoking?

Many Washington State casinos have expanded in recent years and added lodging facilities.

“Many of Washington’s larger casinos offer a range of gaming, entertainment, lottery, and dining options. Some are even full-service resorts, complete with hotels, spas, dining, and attractions.”

Many WA casinos have added lodging facilities since the 2005 ban on indoor smoking in WA.

In 2005, casinos in WA allowed indoor smoking. The state said no.

Casino customers enjoy boozing, gambling, staying out late and smoking indoors.

The casinos continued to allow indoor smoking and expanded their operations as the years went by.

More here:

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Florist refuses to serve gay customer

One Size Fits All Society

Podcast 6 Fake July 4th Freedom

Podcast 7 Racial Grocery Product Labeling & Bikini Barista Jet Noise Freedom

 

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Looking toward the west end of Crescent Beach.

Vancouver Island in the distance.

 

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It turns out they had their own ideas about indoor smoking, use of plastic bags, drug testing, menu contents, choice of lightbulbs, minimum wage, etc.

None of these topics has anything to do with religion. If the business is paid for with private money- should they be able to make their own business decisions?

Several Washington State casinos have expanded their operations– while allowing indoor smoking- in a state that has banned indoor smoking. Simply pointing out here that allowing indoor smoking can be a good business decision in some cases.

McDonalds banned indoor smoking in Washington State– more than 10 years- before they were forced to- imagine that.

 

Recommendation for a free society-

Stay away from one size fits all mandates.

Let business people make business decisions.

Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

More here:

Florist refuses to serve gay customer

 

 

 

Photo- Skagit Valley

 

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Washington florist rejects settlement offer after court rules she can’t refuse service to gay weddings

Similar story involving a bakery:

Christian bakers face government wrath for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

If I ran a bakery-

Store policy:

We do quality cakes for all occasions- no customer application/background check required.

Growing numbers of happy customers and building our positive reputation is our goal.

Please tell your friends & contact us at any time.

 

Public policy discussion:

I’m interested in freedom for everyone here.

How about a peaceful & voluntary approach?

 

Recommendation for a free society-

Stay away from one size fits all mandates.

Let business people make business decisions.

Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

But does that mean a business could refuse service to people of a certain faith or people of color?

Yes.

As soon as such a policy was announced- mainstream news and social media networks would put the word out & the business would suffer immediate consequences- unlike legal action that may take years to develop:

Indiana pizzeria shutting down over religious freedom act controversy

Here is a recent example of an individual who was mistreated by a business:

$31G raised for stiffed pizza delivery man

Another example:

Duff Goldman, ‘Ace Of Cakes’ Chef, Offers To Bake Rejected Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake For Free

 

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here.

What about churches that do not allow women to be clergy members, or require women to dress in a certain way or keep their hair a certain way.

Should they be forced into compliance?

Some churches operate a pre-school, daycare, kitchen, shelter, youth program, summer camp, substance abuse program, high school, etc.

Should they be forced into compliance?

 

For those who say that discrimination can not be tolerated, please consider:

Parking pass for National Parks/federal lands you paid for the same as the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan:

Regular people- $80 annual pass
Military- free
Seniors- $10 Lifetime pass

Selective Service registration for men only.

Scholarships that are awarded only to women.

Women’s colleges

Alcohol prohibition for adults age 18-20.

Federal assistance for Women-Owned Businesses

 

Public Places- Paid for with Public Money

At Joe’s Bar & Grill, Joe should decide if smoking is OK. Ditto for the use of plastic bags, drug testing, menu contents, choice of lightbulbs, minimum wage, etc.

Not trying to do away with minimum wage, smoking bans or any of the rest.

Business owners should be free to opt in or out.

Government controls should apply to government facilities.

 

But it’s the law!

In the 1940s the law allowed US citizens of Japanese descent to be rounded up & sent to concentration camps.

Certainly it is appropriate to have discussion- no matter what the law says.

 

Related:

Discrimination

Public Places- Paid for with Public Money

Dividing people into groups

Discuss on facebook here.

 

 

 

Photo- Beach trail at South Indian Island

 

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At Joe’s Bar & Grill, Joe should decide if smoking is OK. Ditto for the use of plastic bags, drug testing, menu contents, choice of lightbulbs, minimum wage, etc.

Not trying to do away with minimum wage, smoking bans or any of the rest.

Business owners should be free to opt in or out.

McDonalds banned indoor smoking in Washington State before they were forced to- imagine that.

Government controls should apply to government facilities.

I am not interested in controlling peaceful & voluntary adult behavior.

 

I believe in freedom in a general sense- certainly beyond my own personal choices.

 

Recommendation for a free society-

Stay away from one size fits all mandates.

Let business people make business decisions.

Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

Related-

Did Ore. baker break the law when he denied service to same-sex couple?

Update-

Update-

Duff Goldman, ‘Ace Of Cakes’ Chef, Offers To Bake Rejected Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake For Free

 

If I ran a bakery-

Store policy:

We do quality cakes for all occasions- no customer application/background check required.

Growing numbers of happy customers and building our positive reputation is our goal.

Please tell your friends & contact us at any time.

 

Related-

Discrimination

Dividing people into groups

Freedom Fetish

 

 

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Happy Hour- Port Hadlock

 

You are free to do as we tell you.

Bill Hicks

 

Surely- people must be controlled with licenses, permits, permissions, inspections, certificates, authorizations, fees, directives and mandates.

How else could we be safe?

Medical marijuana: ‘Medibles’ industry thrives, lacks safety regulations

 

American culture has a freedom fetish. It brags about freedom anytime federal holidays or overseas military operations are in the news, while insisting on controlling peaceful & voluntary adult behavior.

 

Could people rely on each other or on private organizations to monitor quality control?

Gardens help fill shelves at food banks

“Contributions come from small farms, community pea patches and backyard planting boxes.”

 

I am not out to do away with certifications, but business owners should be free to opt out.

This concept is already at work in the case of organic farms that go with organic protocols except for the time, expense and paperwork required for government certification.

Raw milk is another example.

ULConsumer Reports, and AAA are examples of private organizations that work to monitor safety and performance of consumer products and services.

Washington State may not be such a great leader in terms of health standards anyway. Soap is always present on Washington State ferries. In Washington State Parks, it is common to find no soap in the restrooms. People live in parks for days at a time, prepare food, host reunions and attempt to teach children proper hygene habits.

 

Discuss on facebook here.

 

 

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Rush Hour- Port Townsend

 

American culture is big on a lot of talk about freedom- several government holidays are dedicated to this theme.

We are told that ongoing military operations in distant lands serve the purpose of protecting our freedom.

 

Somewhere after 911- many patriotic Americans seem to have embraced the idea that “The Troops” are fighting to protect our rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

I am fascinated by this concept.

 

After playing make-believe during federal holidays, it’s back to reality and living in a world of authoritarian mandates on personal behaviors that harm no one.

Possession laws, paraphernalia laws, open container laws, sales restrictions linked to location, hours, day of the week, holidays, prohibition laws for adults age 18-20, suspicionless roadblocks and checkpoints away from border crossings, etc.

Pay to camp here overnight- but don’t get caught drinking a beer during your stay-

 

Preserving a free society, free markets, free trade, private property rights, & a minimal bureaucracy where violent SWAT raids are used to go after adults who want to peacefully grow a marijuana plant in the back yard.

 

Democrats are A-OK with the violent SWAT raids too- they just talk less about personal responsibility, individual liberty, constitutional principles, smaller, limited government, free enterprise, private property rights, etc.

He got paid to say this-

 

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

 

Public Places- Paid for with Public Money

At Joe’s Bar & Grill, Joe should decide if smoking is OK. Ditto for the use of plastic bags, menu contents, choice of lightbulbs, minimum wage, etc.

 

Voluntary action is preferred.

I am much more open minded to donating to the Girl Scouts, carrying reusable shopping bags, supporting recycling, going to church, etc. when presented with a voluntary option.

Whole Foods Volunteers to Stop Use of Plastic Bags

McDonalds banned indoor smoking in Washington State before they were forced to- imagine that.

Government controls should apply to government facilities.

 

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Think about how you would mentor a young person.

Would you encourage them not to get promoted, stay at the lowest possible level and depend on the government to ration out pay raises?

Would you encourage them to remain in a group where superstar performers, average workers, and slackers are all paid the same per government mandate?

Be one of the best, show up on time, hustle, burn the candle at both ends, establish yourself early in life, avoid debt and create some freedom for yourself.

Get yourself promoted at work- just one time- & your pay will no longer be linked to the minimum wage.

 

Public Places- Paid for with Public Money

At Joe’s Bar & Grill, Joe should decide if smoking is OK. Ditto for the use of plastic bags, drug testing, menu contents, choice of lightbulbs, minimum wage, etc.

Not trying to do away with minimum wage, smoking bans or any of the rest. Business owners should be free to opt in or out.

How about letting private businesspeople use their payroll to offer promotion & bonus incentives to people who perform instead of putting a gun to their head that requires good, bad & average workers to get paid the same because the government says so?

 

Recommendation for a free society-

Stay away from one size fits all mandates.

Let business people make business decisions.

Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

Minimum Wage machine?

People get more from work than cranking a handle. Experience, on the job training, association with others, the chance to get promoted, etc.

How many people who make better than min. wage would be OK with standing in the corner and cranking the handle for the same pay?

 

Find 10 successful people.

Ask them if they ever worked for min. wage.

Ask them why they no longer are on it.

 

McDonalds banned indoor smoking in Washington State before they were forced to- imagine that.

 

Preserving a free society, free markets, free trade, private property rights, & a minimal bureaucracy where violent SWAT raids are used to go after adults who want to peacefully grow a marijuana plant in the back yard.

 

Democrats are A-OK with the violent SWAT raids too- they just talk less about personal responsibility, individual liberty, constitutional principles, smaller, limited government, free enterprise, private property rights, etc.

 

Tax money- which some people intend to be used to help others via public assistance programs– also goes for a Fake War on Terror, corporate bailouts, $60 billion in DOD contracting fraud & abuse, subsidies to government favored businesses, bombing Libya, violent SWAT raids on peaceful homeowners who may casually use marijuana, federal grants for law enforcement checkpoints, & ongoing National Guard deployments to distant lands- absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

Helping others by donating to churches or private charities, food banks, etc. can avoid these conflicts.

Donors are free to opt out if a charity misbehaves.

Maybe cutting out some of the unnecessary stuff the federal government involves itself in would ease the strain on medical programs, building roads and bridges, etc.

People could keep more of their own money to donate to causes of their choosing if the federal government was not taking it to pay for $2.4 billion in aid to Pakistan, $4 billion a year to support the Afghan army after 2014, etc.