Question time


Who should meet the quarantine costs when the government sends you, after a test you didn’t ask for, to a quarantine facility instead of self isolation at home?

For Christians and believers in general who have not been going to church, Bible study or whatever church meet, how have you been spending those time blocks? ( I get asked a lot of time what I do on Sunday since I don’t go to church)

Today is world press day( I think), do you think the press is a force for good? Is the press in your country free & how free? Is any amount of tv good?

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

32 thoughts on “Question time

  1. the press is needed. Sometimes they screw up. But all in all, we need them desperately to tell us what is really going on.

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    • makagutu says:

      Don’t you think sometimes by being biased to what their owners want, they force us to a certain opinion?

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      • judyt54 says:

        And good morning
        I think the press is vital. What we do with the news we get us up to us, to believe or disbelieve. No one can force you to hold certain opinions, all a newspaper or program or even a church can do is lay it out, and you get to pick and choose.
        That we choose differently from someone else says we are at least thinking, if not wisely, but we choose to believe what we choose.

        Granted, you have the brainwashed masses, but that’s a ‘nother problem entirely.

        It’s even your choice to NOT read the newspaper or listen to news people.

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      • yep, that can happen sometimes. This is why people need to be taught how to think. That is sadly lacking.

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  2. basenjibrian says:

    Bicycling. Along San Francisco Bay. Too many people perhaps, but I was mostly solitary.

    My favoriete scene: Two citizen (non-serious) cyclists riding with MASKS. But they were riding the wrong way down a major street! They may cause a crash or be injured themselves, but at least they are not spreading COVID

    (sorry. SALMONING (SWIMMING UPSTREAM) IS A PET PEEVE OF MINE AS A DRIVER AND AS A CYCLIST.)

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  3. Barry says:

    Distance and health issues keep me away from Meeting for Worship for all but a few times a year. Actually with virtual Meetings now being the norm, I’m able to attend most meetings. It’s actually quite uplifting to sit in silence for an hour in the virtual company of others.

    As for world press day, I’ve just taken a peek at the 2020 Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders. I can understand why you might have a somewhat jaded view of the press as the organisation considers the situation in Kenya as problematic. Mind you, that’s much better than most of your neighbours, where the situation is either difficult or very serious.

    Although not perfect (no country is), the situation in Aotearoa New Zealand is considered good, which is better than the USA, where the situation is satisfactory. Mind you, the USA has only just climbed out of their problematic situation of 2019 (no thanks to Trump), so there’s still hope for Kenya šŸ™‚

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    • makagutu says:

      Hello Barry,
      Hope you are keeping well and can now drive to the park.
      On the press, it is not just their freedom that concerns me, it is the content of what is broadcast.
      Most of my Sundays are spent part on the bike and partly at home.

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      • Barry says:

        We can drive to the park, but it’s not been “walk in the park” weather, so we haven’t made it there yet. We’re still isolated at home.

        When you get to our age and don’t need to work for a living, Sunday is no different from any other day. Or to put it another way, every day is a Sunday šŸ™‚

        The less free the press is, the more it self censors. The more free it is, the greater the number of small independent players there are. Kiwis have a penchant for compromise and consensus, so extreme ideas don’t get very far.

        Someone once said that extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world’s ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains at the back of it all.

        Perhaps there’s something about the New Zealand experience which prevents New Zealanders from seeing the world in black and white terms. Perhaps there are no villains in the eyes of New Zealanders.

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        • makagutu says:

          The less free the press is, the more it self censors.

          I agree with that sentiment & I would have wished the problem was just of self censorship. You need to see what passes for journalistic content these side of the Indian ocean.

          Rains here have been pounding without end making going out dicey.

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  4. Ron says:

    Perhaps those demanding the quarantines should be immediately quarantined for an indefinite period and forced to pay for it out of their own pockets. Politicians should lead by example, so it’s only fair that they should go first to show us their level of commitment to the value of quarantines. šŸ™‚

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    • makagutu says:

      There are two thinks: lockdown and quarantine. At the moment the government is trying to run mass tests for covid & those who test positive will have to be quarantined in a govt facility at their own cost. Is this fair? If they don’t require hospitalization, should they not be left to go home & self isolate?

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      • basenjibrian says:

        Definitely a rational response would be to avoid the mass testing at all costs? How does an onerous requirement like this meet the goals of public health?

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      • Ron says:

        What happens if you refuse to pay? Or can’t pay because you’re broke?

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        • makagutu says:

          I don’t know. The county govt in Mombasa has promised to waiver the costs for those quarantined in government facilities.

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          • Ron says:

            Well, around here extortion — intimidating others to pay for services they didn’t request — is deemed an illegal act, so it sounds like you might be dealing with an organized crime syndicate.

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            • makagutu says:

              You have not met the Kenyan government. I need to introduce you to an organised crime syndicate that runs a state

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              • Ron says:

                I haven’t met the Kenyan government, but I’ve met my own and found its impositions just as egregious. In the end, it all just boils down to a matter of degree.

                And the only real difference between an organised crime syndicate and the government is that the former respects you enough not to pretend that they are doing it for your benefit.

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                • makagutu says:

                  I think you are right, it’s all a matter of degree. What bothers me most is how people in government always find a reason to steal from the public coffers. And the next group are those closest to those in power who use an opportunity as this to make money- a ton of it.

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