Reality | ‘It’s like watching a foreign film’

Coronavirus post. First one sicne like March 2020. Hm.

Wait, no, there was this mix tape.

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So, then, today, I found this
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_by_country_and_territory

‘Why do you have to think about things so far away, DK?’

Acquaintances, neighbors and well-meaning people around me ask me this. Why do I have to worry? About it all. About things. Things like this, they mean:

Location[a] Cases[b] Deaths[c] Recov.[d] Ref.
World[e] 129,689,655 2,829,457 73,512,281 [4]
United States[f] 30,731,414 558,213 No data [17]
Brazil 12,842,717 325,559 11,239,099 [18][19]
India 12,221,665 162,927 11,474,683 [20]
France[g] 4,695,082 95,976 No data [21][22]
Russia[h] 4,563,056 99,633 4,186,251 [23]
United Kingdom[i] 4,350,266 126,764 No data [25]

 

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Erm. So yeah.

‘A fresh & original perspective: yours’

Thank you JM for the call the other day! You reminded me to not-quit conversations that tie in with things Stateside, though it was very easy to veer away given all the nonsense that we’ve seen unfolding there and the hand-over-your-mouth disbelief levels of amazement. Like, wow. Like…

Is it really… well. I’ll stick to my data and points related to here, here and now, and here and now and what we’re talking about within these particular brackets. Namely..

 

[The view from here]

Vietnam & Cambodia are where DK’s founding team members, that would be me, and Akira Morita, are currently based, at the time of this writing. I am in Saigon. I was on a call with Phnom Penh and just looking at the charts and talking it was like, well yeah, only these islands and remote places are more, you know, on it. I could talk about Vietnam and how they’ve handled things here, bu tI am not writing a puff piece for the government sin
ce there certainly is a whole hell of a lot I’m not even aware of that is about what’s not in the best interests of… many. Many things. You know? It’s hard to write about when you haven’t got more data or awareness or years of experience. Only 13 months for me, this time, in Vietnam. Only six years, in Cambodia.

Conversations lately? Not about covid anymore, not usually, and not first thing. Rather, they’re about our day-to-day, and how things are changing, and who we are becoming, separately as well as as a unit of DK, in our individualized-by-circumstance journeys weathering this period of uncertainty. Good thing we practiced this, in 2013, with the Year of Uncertainty Project. Our stories are shaping us, as we live them, in the daily routines.

Without too many to process things with, outside of the bubbles we have created internally at DK and also in our virtual community of S P A C E and Papers, things are quite… deep. Conversations are good. Meaningful.

In a world that has been escalating towards the banal and the Society of the Spectacle had forewarned of this, HT Guy Debord, but yeah, [deleted]… so, in all that, where is the news? The real interesting stuff? The stuff that matters, that points us in new directions of query, that opens our worlds, that helps us find peace, comfort and healing? And that isn’t religious or driven by agendas? I’m talking about the stuff that helps us feel connected, and interconnected. I’ talking about S P A C E, I guess. Yeah. Make the things you wish you existed, HT Saleem Reshamwala. Cool.

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So yeah.

Sometimes it takes that. It takes, just… well.

Waiting.

 

Vietnam & Cambodia stats on covid according to Wikipedia

Vietnam 2,617 35 2,359 [271]
Cambodia 2,477 14 1,240 [272]
Artsakh[at] 2,395 31 337 [273][274]
Turks and Caicos Islands 2,337 17 2,268 [275]
São Tomé and Príncipe 2,232 34 2,108 [276]
Sint Maarten 2,151 27 2,083 [277]
New Zealand 2,043 26 1,945 [278][279]
Liberia 2,023 85 1,890 [280]
Monaco 1,981 26 1,754 [281]
Somaliland[au] 1,808 66 1,431 [282][283]
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines 1,703 10 1,529 [284]
Bermuda 1,292 12 743 [285]
Antigua and Barbuda 1,147 28 857 [286]
USS Theodore Roosevelt[aq] 1,102 1 751 [287][288]
Isle of Man[av] 1,091 25 431 [290]
Charles de Gaulle[aw] 1,081 0 0 [291]
Taiwan[ax] 1,039 10 987 [296]
Bhutan 886 1 869 [297]
Guernsey 821 14 807 [298]
Diamond Princess[w] 712 14 653 [299][300]
Faroe Islands 661 1 660 [301][302]
Mauritius 641 10 590 [303]
East Timor 643 0 196 [304][305]
Cayman Islands 501 2 477 [306]
Bonaire 492 5 417 [307]
Wallis and Futuna 412 4 11 [308][309][310]
Brunei 205 3 188 [311][312]
Northern Mariana Islands 159 2 32 [313][314]
Dominica 156 0 141 [315]
British Virgin Islands 153 1 131 [316]
Costa Atlantica 148 0 148 [317][318]
Grenada 148 1 147 [319][320]
Greg Mortimer[ay] 128 1 No data [321][322]
New Caledonia 121 0 30 [323]
Fiji 67 2 64 [324]
Proposed flag of Antarctica (Graham Bartram).svg Antarctica 58 0 0 [325]
Falkland Islands 54 0 54 [326]
Laos 49 0 45 [327][328]
Macau 48 0 46 [329]
Saint Kitts and Nevis 44 0 43 [330][331]
Greenland 31 0 31 [332][333]
Sahrawi Arab DR[az] 31 3 27 [334]
Vatican City 29 0 27 [335][336]
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 24 0 12 [337][338]
Anguilla 22 0 20 [339]
Montserrat 20 1 18 [340]
Sint Eustatius 20 0 20 [341]
Solomon Islands 18 0 5 [342][343]
MS Zaandam[ba] 13 4 No data [346][347]
Coral Princess[bb] 12 3 No data [349]
SeaDream I[bc] 9 0 No data [350][351]
HNLMS Dolfijn[bd] 8 0 8 [352][355]
Saba 6 0 6 [356]
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 5 0 5 [357][358][359]
Marshall Islands 4 0 4 [360][361]
American Samoa 4 0 3 [362]
Samoa 4 0 2 [363][364]
Vanuatu 3 0 1 [365]
Federated States of Micronesia 1 0 1 [366]
Tanzania[be] No data No data No data [368][369]
As of 1 April 2021 (UTC) · History of cases · History of deaths
Notes

  1. ^ Location: Countries, territories, and international conveyances where cases were diagnosed. The nationality of the infected and the origin of infection may vary. For some countries, cases are split into respective territories and

 

Hm.

And here we are.