Coronavirus in Augusta Georgia

A regularly updated aggregation of news related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Augusta, GA and the CSRA.

This page originally began on 12 March as a call to action to the Master's Tournament and Augusta University to take proactive steps ahead of what anyone that was paying attention could see coming.  On 13 March the leadership of the Masters Tournament took the right decisions and postponed the Master's Tournament. The management of AU acted on Friday the 13th only after Governor Kemp directed telework on the night of the 12th. All of that is 'archived' below.

This page receives a lot of traffic, based upon the URL and the timing of its creation I suspect. I have decided to regularly update the page with news and commentary as we all work our way through this.

Remember - many 'experts' were wrong. Local media and media personalities took their advice and downplayed precations and warnings. This is serious, don't panic, but don't ignore it. Take steps, reasonable and responsible steps now. Bureaucrats have been wrong - see below. Do not hope for them to manage us out of this - take care of you and yours. Don't panic - even if this gets as bad as the very worst scenarios, mankind has faced such before - bend a knee, connect with your creator, take care of your loved ones and carry on!

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Updates

27 March - The CSRA has 49 cases. Augusta University presented a pretty solid narrative during its 1500 town hall today. Of note was Katrina Keefer's acknowledgment that the number of local cases will increase greatly. This is a change from some of the narratives previously pushed (i.e. just stay calm and wash your hands). It also seems that AU medical center is fairly competent in executing operations. Establishing and operating two testing sites in addition to the hospital testing is not a small feat.

We see reports this week of a veteran going to the VA MEdical center to be tested, to receive negative results only to be called back three days later to be informed he was exposed. Subsequently, he tested positive. It seems best to stay away from the hospitals unless it is life or limb.

 

17 March - I was pretty convinced by mid-day that Coronavirus is beaten. There will be a large spike in cases by the first week of April (blame that on organizations acting so slowly last week to stop school and move to telework sooner rather than later - we lost a week of containment). No matter your political persuasion, and no matter your opinion of Trump, the administration has handled this solidly (there is nothing more that free Americans should want or demand from their Federal government). The governors of SC and GA have acted appropriately and the cities of Augusta and North Augusta are right on target.

However, this afternoon I walked the dogs through North Augusta. I saw innumerable acts of stupid. People sitting in restaurants, a party at the wine and art place, etc. This will not end until the stupid ends. It is on us, locally, not the government.

I am suspending daily reporting on this page until the first week of April when I assume we will begin to see the spike from the unfettered and uncontrolled contamination going on last week (and continues still because of individual choices.)

Stop doing stupid!

 

Chronological Commentary and Analysis

16 March - Augusta University Press Conference. AU COVID-19. Biggest takeaway was the announcement of AU Couronvirus hotline 706-721-1852

AU Press COVID-19 March 16 2020

#LIVE | AU holds press conference regarding two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the CSRA.https://www.wjbf.com/news/two-positive-cases-of-covid-19-have-shown-up-in-the-csra/

Posted by WJBF NewsChannel 6 on Monday, March 16, 2020
Dualling docs. You choose.

16 March - University Hospital in Augusta leading the way with an e-triage app. Confer with a medical professional from home if you have symptoms. @univ_hospital.

16 March - Sign-up to receive COVID-19 Emergency Alerts from the City of Augusta via email.

16 March - Evans DA candidate reports he tested positive at an "AU curbside testing" site. I have yet to find the instructions and procedures to find or use such a site and did not know it existed until this report. I am not alone in that ignorance. Someone from Augusta University send me a link to this information @onlyBarryLClark and I will post.

14 March - Augusta hospitals prepared for coronavirus outbreak but could need more nurses (Augusta Chronicle Article from 14 March). All three Augusta area hospitals assured the Chronicle they had enough capacity (beds and ICU) and only mentioned potential nursing shortages. Tom Corwin of the Chronicle failed to ask the hard questions about capacity - what is the current and historic utilization rate? How would local hospitals handle an Italy level requirement? What numbers and assumptions are the assurances that there is "enough" capacity based upon? None of that was answered in this light article. We shall see.

28 January - Coronavirus Not Likely to Become a Big Problem for U.S., Expert Says ( Government Tech article posted by Augusta Chronicle)

Dr. Jose Vazquez, of Augusta University, stated

  •  it is unlikely to spread as it did in China
  • It's possible that it is going to be transmissible or contagious while the patient is asymptomatic
  • I think here we're ready for it...everything is in place.
  • I don't think it will be that big of a deal here, I really don't.
  • I'd hate for people to start freaking out and changing trips here.
  • I don't foresee seeing a lot of cases in North America and in Europe.

General Purpose Coronavirus Information

Selected Chronological Twitter Updates

 

A Lesson our Local Organizations Might Learn

'Digging into the shorts' of a couple of organizations last week, combined with what I know from personally dealing with some local emergency management folks and organizations that ought to be messaging plans right now it is obvious to me that the real problem is a lack of operational acumen. Big organizations in the area have been slow to operationalize their efforts - by that I mean taking preexisting strategies, forming teams, sharing information internally, properly messaging internally and externally. Some serious deficiencies in seeing this as and conducting it as an operation are apparent to me.  When this is over, some organizations need to seriously address their deficiencies - you are organized wrong, have in some cases hired the wrong people and have failed to exercise leadership. Time will demonstrate this more, and I will highlight it here.

Why did the thousands of US troops stationed in Korea not succumb to COVID-19 when the Korean population around them did?  GEN Robert Abrams says:

“This is not an administrative task, this is not a medical task, and it’s not a routine event,” he said on Friday. “It’s an operation. We are conducting 24/7, round-the-clock operations, and have been since [January 27] ... We’ve approached it similarly to how we operate in combat.”

USFK reacted early, and decisively. They had a solid plan going in, created effective operations centers, synchronized planners, doers and the message and kept everyone on the team informed.  Right now, If you are sitting in small 'leadership cells' talking to other managers because you think you need to do this alone, you are wrong. Operationalize it and leverage the power of a team and the organization.

Some of our larger organizations could learn from this - perhaps they will. You are all mostly doing this wrong right now!

Old post and original text retained below for the archive

Update 16 March 10:05 am: Augusta University now reports two cases at AUMC, a female employee and her husband - presumptive positive.

Update 15 March: Richmond County schools closing as coronavirus precaution

Update: 12 March 3:00 pm. - AU has implemented telework (remote) for non-essential employees beginning Monday 16 March and tentatively continuing for two-weeks. It appears this decision was made as a result of Gov. Kemp issuing instructions to state employees, not based upon authority that was already resident in AU leadership. They will have many tough decisions in the weeks ahead with the hospital, let's not await the governor to tell us what right looks like next time.

Update: 12 March 2020 10: am - The Master's has taken appropriate steps, I congratulate the leadership.

Update: 5:50 am 13 March 2020 - Plant Vogtle employee being tested for coronavirus 15 March 2020 Plant Vogtle worker tests negative for coronavirus

Update: 12 March 4:20 pm - 45 minutes after publishing this post, AU announced they are suspending classes. This is a terrific first step. Now they need to ensure they socially distance their employees through telework.

_______(Original post 12 March)_____

It is not a matter of if the Coronavirus ( COVID19 ) will make its way to the Augusta, Georgia area, as of today, 12 March 2020, it most likely already has. Perhaps only in the form of someone that was exposed and did not contract it, maybe in there is someone that has not yet displayed symptoms - but it has at least passed through the area. There can be no serious question but that eventually, cases will pop up. How many occur at once, just how bad it really depends on several things. Two of these factors can be directly controlled by The Master's Tournament and Augusta University.

Augusta University is one of the area's largest employers. When it COVD19 comes, how AU has handled its large number of employees prior to detection will matter.

The Master's Tournament potentially brings in thousands of people from elsewhere. It is almost a statistical fact that some number of those visitors will bring with them the infection.

Augusta University

Augusta University, unlike colleges in South Carolina, has been slow and ponderous to act. Their 'resources' page simply says they "have a plan" it does not detail it. Their public information states they are following state, Federal, CDC and WHO guidance - but are they really? Are they following the intent or the course of least resistance and effort?

The CDC issued interim guidance to businesses and schools three weeks ago and suggested organizations find ways to allow employees to telework. There is already a policy in place at AU for telework, and hundreds of administrative and non-customer facing employees already have signed agreements. Most of those employees can perform their job just as well at home as at work. So why are hundreds of people still sitting in cubicles, breathing the same air and being in close contact with each other?

AU's president assures us there are no confirmed cases in Augusta, and this is true, none are confirmed. Shall we wait for Betty the secretary to test positive, after she has been at work and infectious for several days? Perhaps Betty took her lunch meals in the hospital cafeteria and attended some meetings at Summerville. One little lady could infect patients, students and other employees - who in turn could infect families at home, elderly folks at church, etc. Yes, President Brooks Keel, there are no confirmed cases in Augusta now, heaven help you when one of the first is Betty the secretary.

Augusta University's ponderous, slow, naive policy regarding social distancing, because of the size of its population and the implications that has for the larger community, endangers all of Augusta. Yes, COVID19 will come, but we do not necessarily have to have a major outbreak - not if decision-makers are wise and proactive. We are not seeing a lot of that from AU right now.

AU needs to send all administrative and non-customer facing employees home to work now. They need to figure out how to do virtual classes for their students. USC-Aiken has implemented this!

Update: 12 March 10pm -President Brooks Keel 'liked' my tweet congratulating AU for suspending classes while they try to figure out virtual instruction, so the leadership is hearing what I am saying.

The Master's

And then there is Augusta National and the Master's Tournament. The NBA just decided to forgo millions and cancel the season. Several other major entertainment and sports activities have done the same. The latest statement by the tournament says they plan to drive on. Completely irresponsible all things considered.

The folks in charge over there need to think and act a bit more socially responsible. Perhaps follow the NCAA example and play without a crowd.

Speak Up

Folks in Augusta need to speak up to both AU and the Master leadership as well as other large organizations. Yes, no Master's Tournament hurts us all. Avoidance of pain is no reason to be irresponsible. For AU, working from home confounds the backward minds of bureaucrats, but this is 2020, get over it already.

Decision-makers will be judged by how COVID19 plays out in Augusta. Now is the time to act, not after a few test positive and dozens are running around undetected.

Neither the Master's nor AU can ever say they were not advised - No matter what naysaying eggheads say that this is just the flu, the leadership has been advised at least once to use better sense.

(I also sent theses concerns to Russell Keen, CoS at Augusta University. If the leadership of these two organizations does not significantly change their current course and if people are harmed as a result - none of these folks can claim in court defending against lawsuits, to their boards in defense of their jobs nor to God himself that they ought not to have known better).

Update: 12 March 9:29 pm I reached out to Austin Rhodes, and he read this post. let's see if he turns his voice toward this issue.

Although in Austin's words: " The Austin Rhodes Show I was referring to the physical aspects of the illness...not the ridiculous public behavior that has taken over. When the American body count hits 61 thousand let me know. Until then...my point stands. " Apparently there is nothing to see here for Mr. Rhodes.

You are wrong on this one Austin - but we did not need you to weigh in to get the right things done. carry on man.

15 March: Perhaps the last Update to this post for a bit. I ran across an article posted on Government Tech, in their Emergency Management section. The article was written by the Augusta Chronicle but quoted an 'expert' on these matters from Augusta University.

Coronavirus Not Likely to Become a Big Problem for U.S., Expert Says (yep, he said that)

Now I am not an expert, but I watched the events in China via foreign news outlets, they covered it early and extensively unlike the US media which was focused on silly domestic politics. It was obvious to me that there was something to this disease. When a country cordons off a city of 60 million, it is something to pay attention to, it is not insignificant.

Here are a few things Dr. Jose Vazquez, the expert on these issues from Augusta University, said on January 28th.

  •  it is unlikely to spread as it did in China (wrong)
  • It's possible that it is going to be transmissible or contagious while the patient is asymptomatic (right)
  • I think here we're ready for it...everything is in place. ( does not appear so, based upon so little testing, we shall see)
  • I don't think it will be that big of a deal here, I really don't. (probably wrong, will be proven so in a few days - it is 15 March as I state that)
  • I'd hate for people to start freaking out and changing trips here. (like the guy that just tested positive back in Ohio, he took a cruise early march - sure no need to cancel trips)
  • I don't foresee seeing a lot of cases in North America and in Europe. (WRONG. Italy, Spain, and France all disagree. In the US over 1700 new cases were reported between 13 and 14 March - without robust testing! )

With spot-on expert advice like this, we might perhaps forgive the delays, and trepidations described above. That is if it were not to easy for even an ordinary guy like me to see the facts way back in late January without the help of an expert.

Sitting on the Pin of a Needle

Back in early February, when Coronavirus was still a ‘joke’ to many on the internet I suggested that there was something more to Coronavirus than the narrative painted by Western media. Only crazy people were talking about a global pandemic or that this thing, while not a world-ending event, might affect us all. Not true today, what we see now are several weaknesses in our system.

Tucker Carlson was spot on tonight about this, watch the video.

Sitting with a friend at lunch recently, he mentioned that he had read my February post and offered an alternative theory. In February, I suggested this version of Coronavirus came from a failure to contain work at a lab in Wuhan. Much more evidence has emerged since to support that conclusion. My friend suggested that the Chinese did this intentionally.

I am not prone to believe complicated explanations for things, not when simple solutions suffice. However, one cannot dismiss the possibility. Consider if you will the infection and mortality rates reported in China compared to rates in Italy. The Italian percentages are off the chart higher. Consider China’s threats today concerning tariffs on medical supplies. One could work out a scenario where China did this intentionally, they were prepared and capable of dealing with it internally and knew the world would turn to them in the aftermath for supplies. It could have been a strategy to break US tariffs against China. It is an evil notion, but plausible.

If we dismiss the intentionality of all this we are still left with a few facts.

  • Globalization of the economy has resulted in us being dependent upon another nation for an entire sector of goods.
  • As I mentioned in February, something that has become apparent since, the government reaction was slow.
  • As we are now seeing, if this was ‘the big one’ our system is pretty fragile.
  • Businesses and organizations are not your friends – places that can facilitate telework ought to be doing so but most are not. Cities ought to be canceling large gatherings but most are not. Sports events should be modified (Master’s and March Madness looking at you) but the almighty dollar prevails – shame on the decision-makers!

I see the memes, all the fear, all the worry over the last several decades. In some way, this all feels just like another news cycle, a SARS redux. We know instinctively it will not end civilization as we know it – but it has shown a light on just how fragile and weak the veil separating our comfortable lives from chaos really is.

Before the virus has really even gotten started it has negatively affected the economy. The stock market plunge today was far worse than the pretty significant event a couple of weeks ago. Real people have lost a lot of real money that will not magically reappear for a while. This will have a significant ripple effect.

Have you been on Amazon lately? Things are different. This is just the beginning.

Don’t take me wrong. This is not TEOTWAWKI. However, people will die, the economy will take a hit and Americans for the first time in decades are about to see first hand what it means not to be able to buy certain products. Coronavirus is a small thing relatively – imagine if this had been more infectious and more deadly.

We sit perched precariously on the pin of a needle. We do not realize it because life seems so comfortable and things seem so plentiful. Take away some of that excess, security and comfort and add a little fear, desperation and anxiety and civilization begins to look a lot less civil.

Don’t go crazy, but I think we all need to take some steps now to ensure we can take care of our own in the coming days and perhaps learn something from this – what if this had been much worse, what would we do to take care of our loved ones?

Stay home if you can, work from home if you can, watch church on the internet, don’t shake hands and buy extra groceries. And, through it all, look and realize what this small thing is about to do to civilization as we know it – the effect. Things fall apart!

Read Rod Dreher’s piece. I have been wrong often about Dreher, he is spot on here.

Three Most Popular Posts

I take a gander at site stats occasionally, not often as there is no real need. However, each time I do the same two pages seems to get most of the results.

First, by a large margin, is Scottish Influence in Early Southern American Culture – Alexander Clark. It is no wonder I suppose, it is a page full of genealogy links and information. Someday I plan to write a book about Alexander Clark and his legacy through his descendants. I am encouraged that there is a continuing and robust interest in this page and subject. Perhaps there is an audience for a book.

Second is a page about a day and a series of events that, for me, summarized everything that was wrong with the US Army Signal Corps, Three Questions that Defined the US Army Signal Corps. I will admit, this post had a bit of humor, it was provocative and it pulled few punches. I cannot, however, determine why it has such enduring popularity. I can only assume that someone else posted a link to this someplace else. It is not the only post I ever wrote on this subject, so it is not the topic nor the keywords that drive interest. Something about this page caught someone’s attention. In any event, this one has real legs.

There is no real comparison between these pages and others. I can spike a new post if I take the time to engage on Twitter, particularly if the subject is relevant at the moment I post. But no other pages or posts I have ever written have the sort of longevity that these two do. Trust me, I have written things that were much more provocative and polemic but they never stick.

In any event, I have no real point. I simply find it interesting the things that gain traction and the things that do not.

Bible & Literary Society of North Augusta

The Bible and Literary Society of North Augusta – in the intellectual and fraternal tradition of Lewis and Tolkien and their fellowship. Iron sharpens iron.

Seeking Christian men that enjoy fellowship, study of the Bible, reading classic and modern literature and discussing and perhaps debating the same.

Inklings

The Bible and Literary Society of North Augusta is formed in the intellectual and fraternal tradition of Lewis and Tolkien and their fellowship. Iron sharpens iron.

Visit the Society’s Facebook page to see what is going on.

I suggest as the first book covered, after the administrative work of setting offices is complete, Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis.

From the author: “The rise of modernity, especially the European Enlightenment and its aftermath, has negatively impacted the way we understand the nature and interpretation of Christian Scripture. In this introduction to biblical interpretation, Craig Carter evaluates the problems of post-Enlightenment hermeneutics and offers an alternative approach: exegesis in harmony with the Great Tradition. Carter argues for the validity of patristic Christological exegesis, showing that we must recover the Nicene theological tradition as the context for contemporary exegesis, and seeks to root both the nature and interpretation of Scripture firmly in trinitarian orthodoxy.”

To The American Conservative with Love

Herein, is a love letter to The American Conservative (TAC). We are of the same cloth; I walked a similar path of ideas as some of you. I engaged and dialogued with some of you as I wrote anonymously during the early 2000 anti-war days.  I disagreed with your position in 2006 on voting Democrat, and I believe that served in large part to make the traditional right irrelevant to the populist Tea Party, we were unable to guide them and lost them to others. I am writing this, in the open and on the Net because, I do not believe an email would sufficiently get through. Take this for what it is, love from a guy that wants to see the cause of right-reasoned traditional conservatism find a real place in the public square.

As I related in a post that answered ‘who is Barry Clark?’, in the 1990s I found kindred spirits among the solid traditionalists and paleoconservatives. Many of the relationships and connections formed then continue to encourage and sustain me. In the 2000s when paleo-conservatives and paleo-libertarians came together to form an anti-war coalition, I was right there. I was already anti-war (anti-those wars) after my first deployment with the Army. I blogged anonymously so I could keep my job, but I was right there, doing my duty in uniform and at home.

In the mid-2000s the proverbial torch was passed from the aging intellectuals of the movement (Gottfried, Fleming, Livingston, Wilson, and so many others) to 30-40-year-old ‘writers and journalists’. Some in this group were academic students of the masters. For example, Brion McClanahan to Clyde Wilson. Others, like the editors that took over The American Conservative, were accomplished writers that had developed relationships with the masters. The transition from the Silent Generation to Xers was not that of Kirk to Gottfried.

In 2006, TAC, one of only two major traditional conservative magazines, Chronicles being the other, advocated for true rightist to vote Democratic in the mid-term elections.  Any potential for relevance, any measured ability to make a difference was lost that day. Whether The American Conservative was right or wrong only time will tell. What is an indisputable fact is paleoconservatism and traditional conservatism and an organized, relevant, systematic and historically rooted intellectual endeavor ended that very day. The publication frequency of TAC fell from twice monthly to monthly and finally in 2013, every other month. I suspect these are not unrelated facts.

I took a strong exception to the stance of TAC in 2006, one that has not fundamentally changed since. I thought to abandon the only party that might stand in the way of the progressive wave that was about to wash over the country was strategically flawed. It seems there certainly was enough support in ordinary Americans for a revival of real conservative principles, the Tea party bore this out as truth. However, without an intellectual base of conservatism, that effort was bound to be, as it was, usurped by neocons, Straussians, and false-conservative. Paleoconservatives were no longer relevant, one of our major outlets had proposed voting for Democrats; how could our ideas be taken seriously by ordinary folks that wanted a conservative resurgence but lacked intellectual depth in the philosophy of conservatism? They could not see the nuance of that resistance.

I am with you but…

I dialogued and engaged with some of the current writers back in the 2000s when I was a small, inconsequential and anonymous blogger and they were just bigger known names in a relatively small blogshere. Now, I am not anonymous, the ‘blogshere’ does not exist, I am still inconsequential and they are blue-checked twittercrats. Perhaps it is personal, but the fact that these guys refuse to actually engage in discussion; they write stuff, post it to twitter several times a day and generally only respond to each other or perhaps someone else with a blue-check is discouraging. This was not my experience with Thomas DiLorenzo, Thomas Woods, William Lind and many, many others back in the early days; Clyde Wilson for instance, he went from being an inspiration to a friend and mentor of mine, because he engaged – folks that wrote and engaged in an effort to build a community around principles.

In a very real sense, I am calling out TAC, out of love. This is for you, the editorial staff and writers. You may not like all my ideas, I may not write in a professionally polished way, I may have but a handful of Twitter followers (I did just start two months ago), I may be passionate – but I am you, we are from the same philosophical cloth. If I feel that you are distant, irrelevant, disconnected and aloof, do you suppose I am alone among your potential readership? I suspect not.

We have two real publications that write from a traditional and paleoconservative perspective and one new fabulous new effort I discovered yesterday. Your Twitter engagement rate is pretty low, both in ‘followers’ engaging and TAC engaging back. Perhaps take some time away from repeat posting and actually engage with people that are probably on your side and think like you – act relationally as the mega-church folks like to say, build real community through dialogue.

Here is a fact for you. Anyone that ‘Twitters’ and is inclined to think, read and ponder philosophical questions is not a consumer of information, they are not ‘followers’. If they are on the platform they are there to engage. My experience, my observation over the last couple of months tells me you do not want to engage, to debate subtle difference of opinion, to shine the light on the strengths of an argument or to take on the view that there may be other approaches to an authentic approach to the Right. I do not perceive that you want to build a community around our principles or highlight others within the movement that share core beliefs. If it is just me, well, then it is just me. However, I suspect there are many more folks like me out there.

My Advice

Hire someone to manage social media with the task and purpose to engage, not simply repost information at ideally selected times during the day. I am not suggesting your current folks are not doing what you have told them, I am simply sharing that the task and purpose need to be expanded.

Build community – through the efforts above, and in other ways. Ideas alone are not enough right now. Words are not enough. Our cause needs a more relational approach.

Instruct your writers to actually engage. Don’t delete comments on the site that call someone to task for an article. Principled debate is not trolling. Don’t ignore reasonable questions or comments on Twitter posts only to move on to reposting content. That comes off to folks just as it sounds.  

Stop throwing so many rocks. I get it, I find Trump abhorrent also. Yet, I cannot imagine what a world where Trump had lost would have looked like. He is a very useful speed-bump. Use the advice our grandmas gave, if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. Write an article that talks at a high level about principles without dunking him directly when you are upset at him. Look at the world we live in! Be realist! Be more Burkean in our pragmatism! Most of those folks out there screaming MAGA will never listen to a single point of principled discussion from anyone that disses herr Trump.  If we want to remain irrelevant, throwing rocks is a strategy. If we want to truly help revitalize an authentic right, we have to be able to be heard by those people.

With love and affection, a disgruntled traditional right reader.

Sincerely,

Barry

@onlyBarryLClark

A Gentleman’s Attire

Gentlemen! Clothes do indeed make the man. Consider if you will. When we were children we did childish things. As men, we put off childish things and act like men.

We may have lost the cultural war and everything that was for centuries may be crumbling around us, yet, despite this, and perhaps because of it, we do not also have to submit to a lazy, careless and unintentional style of dress.

We have a responsibility to protect those we love. Make no mistake other men constantly size you up. Some of those men have bad intent. If you dress carelessly and lazily you are making a statement that you are weak and incapable of protecting yourself or your loved ones. Dressing unintentionally is a sign of disrespect to those you love and should protect.

What do I mean by dressing unintentionally? I mean simply going out and about in a willy-nilly state without real thought to your appearance. If one is, for instance doing some physical labor and decides to go into town dressed as such, that is intentional. If one is laying about the couch watching football in say, sweat pants, and goes out, that is unintentional I would say – it is lazy and convenient. Dressing intentionally does not mean one must always “dress-up”, it does mean that the clothes you wear and the image you portray and the potential obstacles in the world you are prepared to face are all considered before entering the public square.

For example.

Shorts: grown men wear pants period. The beach and the gym are exceptions. If you are on the course or on vacation wear cotton or linen pants. Shorts are for teenagers. Jeans and boots with a proper shirt and perhaps a jacket always work for most tasks out and about as well. Khakis, of course, will work. But put those shorts away!

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You are not Herr Franz

Tee shirts: These are undergarments, with the rare exception of working outside, and maybe a concert where you are channeling your old self. Wear these under a proper shirt. A tee-shirt alone generally screams “I am not armed” and it is sloppy and common. Don’t be sloppy and common.

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A big tee-shirt does not camouflage the belly. Not fooling us big guy.

Open-toed shoes: Unless you want another man to put his heel to your exposed foot, ending you in seconds, wear proper footgear men. We may follow Jesus but we do not have to dress like him.

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Jerusalem Cruisers – just say “NO”

Jackets: Wear them. Sports coats are almost always appropriate unless something more formal is required. A jacket frames you and hides defects from men with bad intent. If you carry a weapon, it also helps keep it concealed and ready. They make lightweight linen sports jackets, heat is no excuse.

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Functional, stylish and comfortable

Umbrellas: Have one handy, and perhaps not the fold up compact type. TheUnbreakable Walking-Stick Umbrella is one of my favorite items. It is stylish, useful, attractive and serves the purpose of covering your loved ones from the rain very well. It is also an effective weapon, and a pretty sturdy fashion accessory. I actually enjoy a bit of rain that allows me to break out this item and carry it.

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Pocket Items – a must

Bandana: can be used to blow your nose, to give to a lady to wipe a tear (preferably not after blowing one’s nose) and using as a pressure bandage for open wounds you might come across.

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As a bonus, if you find yourself in the middle of an Antifa riot, you can simply pull out your bandana and be on your way with no issues.

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Don’t be Antifa – so uncool
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When your bandana is used up, you can pass it along to your dog

Small multi-tool: Opens your beer! Unsticks stuck things and did I mention, it opens your beer.

Pocket Knife: It could be a weapon – but I do not advise it. Legally you are safer using something else as a weapon for self-defense rather than a knife. It is, however, a neat item to open boxes and letters. The spring-assist on this item will ensure that your blade is out first when a lady in the room asks, “does anyone have a knife”?

Small Flashlight: A super small, but powerful light comes in handy more than you anticipate once you actually start carrying one always in your pocket. This item will allow you to stand out from the pack of other guys in terms of the overall utility of the items in your arsenal.

Be safe out there – and keep it functional classy.

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  1. About
  2. The Vision
  3. Principles
  4. The Problem with the Traditional Career Map
  5. The Alternative and Fun Path
  6. The Real Key to Success in Anything: Mind, Spirit, Emotions in Balance
  7. Your Brand
  8. Pathways
  9. The Journey
  10. How to Prepare Beforehand
  11. In the Beginning
  12. Lieutenancy
  13. Captaincy
  14. Majority
  15. Decision Points
  16. Leave at Twenty-Years
  17. Stay until they stop promoting you
  18. Contracting
  19. Employment with Industry, Business or Education
  20. Government Service
  21. Entrepreneurialism
  22. Dilettante
  23. The Roadmap
  24. Finances

Finding Purpose Rebrand

I began this blog as I prepared to retire from the Army with two missions. First I wanted to “talk” through my own journey and second, I hoped talking about and discussing what I was learning would help others.

I have accomplished, I believe, my first mission in that I found my own personal purpose after military retirement. I hope that the post I shared during the journey have helped and might someday continue to help others.

As part of newfound purpose I have decided to rebrand the site toward my passion for trying to understand the world around us. I am very dissatisfied with the pundits, experts and paid shills that appear on television and in print and digital media trying to explain the world, geopolitics, and government. I will become my own Geopolitical and military analyst. I will seek out my own foundational answers to human and cultural problems – with the assistance of the great minds to guide me. If others find the questions I pose, the answers I strive for and the analysis I arrive at useful I will be pleased. If I write to an echo chamber I at least know I can trust that the analysis was honest and sincere.

As I look upon and reflect upon the world I am very often left with a sense that things are tragically wrong – so wrong that politics and political movements cannot right the trajectory of the ship. We are in a time of tremendous transformation, perhaps greater than most want to admit. Technology will soon exponentially change us -our relationship to one another, to government and to life – we are entering this great change with many of our core values, presumptions and assumptions askew. We have lost much of our humanity in a traditional sense and have lost sight of what is permanent and important.

Words, certainly not my words, cannot change any of this. However, words are important. Ultimate truth exists and it should not be removed from the Earth merely because it has been forgotten by most and is unpopular to many that still acknowledge it.

Writing here about things that matter from a perspective that acknowledges ultimate truth and respects the great minds and ideas that have come before us is one of my purposes now. Perhaps you might occasionally find my efforts useful.

I hope within the next year to secure an adjunct professorship at a local college. I realize adjunct professors are not supposed to express an opinion and I realize from my recent dealings with academics that the sort of opinions and ideas I will express here are definitely not in favor. I believe intellectual honesty is important. Therefore, I say let it work out as it should, I will be me – much like I have been most of my adult life.