March 15, 2020

This whole Coronvirus thing has gotten completely out of hand. Primarily fueled by the cable news networks’ hatred for President Trump and their desire to see the the stock market tank and thousands upon thousands of people die or go out of work just so the President won’t be re-elected is something I still can’t believe is happening in this country. What are we, a bunch of friggin’ soft snowflake simp sheep? Where did all our collective level-headedness and common sense go? Sure, there are people who are going to get infected and die. But we’re all going to die some time, why sanitize it?

It’s in times like this, where everyone is totally freaking out, that I recommend listening to the music of Pink Floyd. Perhaps because of founder Syd Barrett’s descent into madness due to schizophrenia or some other form of mental illness exacerbated by his copious use of psychedelic drugs that sent him over the edge, the band has always portrayed, in one form or another, a general subject of paranoia, alienation, and/or madness in its music.

So allow me to offer up my own “Top 10” for y’all to listen to while you’re allowing yourself to be subjected to some 14- or 28-day self-quarantine because some clueless, elected dickhead of a politician thinks it’s in the best interest of his/her own political future to play the role of Braveheart:

12. “Wish You Were Here”, Wish You Were Here
10. “Wearing The Inside Out”, The Division Bell
9. “Absolutely Curtains”, Obscurred by Clouds
8. “Careful With That Axe, Eugene“, Ummagumma
7. “One Slip”, Momentary Lapse of Reason
6. “Comfortably Numb”, The Wall
5. “Us and Them”, The Dark Side of the Moon
4. “The Great Gig In the Sky”, The Dark Side of the Moon
3. “Free Four”, Meddle
2. “Brain Damage”/”Eclipse”, The Dark Side of the Moon
1. “Sheep”, Animals

Given the state of things (and reflecting on my most recent visit to a local Frys):

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air
You better watch out
There may be dogs about
I’ve looked over Jordan and I have seen
Things are not what they seem

What do you get for pretending the danger’s not real
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel
What a surprise
A look of terminal shock in your eyes
Now things are really what they seem
No, this is no bad dream

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green he leadeth me the silent waters by
With bright knives he releaseth my soul
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places
He converteth me to lamb cutlets
For lo, he hath great power and great hunger
When cometh the day we lowly ones
Through quiet reflection and great dedication
Master the art of karate
Lo, we shall rise up
And then we’ll make the bugger’s eyes water

Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream

Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you’re told
Get out of the road if you want to grow old

Because the lunatics (the “dogs” in Roger Waters’ lyrics) have now used the fear of this virus to taken control of our daily lives it will be the eclipse of the great American experiment. Where we – willingly! – give up every freedom the Founding Fathers sought to guarantee us because a bunch of ignorant, power-hungry bureaucrats deemed a virus as good an excuse as anything to conjure a way to take all of our rights away. And I’m blaming President Trump for playing the fool. Roger Waters’ lyrics to “Sheep”, are right: the dogs are now all around us. F**k them all.

From #2, “There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark.”

As are we.

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