The terror of living in a country full of selfish and stupid people


Brittany Shammas and Paulina Firozi, “Coronavirus updates: Air travel hits pandemic high amid winter holidays,” Washington Post, December 28, 2020 (2:19 p.m. EST).

There are no ICU beds available in the California country in which I live.

Millions of people in the United States are traveling on planes at Christmas, amid the pandemic and “recommendations” (ONLY RECOMMENDATIONS!) that they not travel.

In France, yesterday a couple was fined 1,000 euros because they broke the curfew abd snuck out to buy a pack of cigarettes–and got caught.


It is terrifying to realize that you are a passenger on a ship full of stupid and selfish people, who are running the ship while the titular leaders are either indifferent or too afraid to try to lead them.

Stupid people who don’t give a damn about other people, who couldn’t care less if elderly people die from the surge in Covid-19 infections which they themselves are causing.

Elderly people like my mother-in-law, who died two days ago from Covid-19.

The ICU beds are full, in part, because of the surge in cases resulting from massive Thanksgiving travel. Only weeks ago these stupid and selfish people were going out to bars and restaurants, despite the scientific evidence on aerosol transmission, which both they and political leaders ignored.

What other monstrous things could these stupid and selfish people people do?

They could believe Donald Trump won the November 3 election by a landslide, as he asserts.

They could believe Joe Biden stole the election through massive fraud, as Trump asserts–with the support of Republican political leaders.

They could believe the tallying of electoral votes by the Congress on January 6 is part of the fraud, and must be stopped.

What can we do with so many stupid and selfish people aurrounding us?

Should we not be concerned?

Is not the situation dangerous?

The Trenchant Observer

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.