Iria Vasquez-Paez

Iria Vasquez-Paez

I have a B.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State. Can people please donate? I'm very low-income. I need to start an escape the Ferengi plan.

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  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 2 months ago
    Life Without a Two-Party System

    Life Without a Two-Party System

    Since the invention of the United States, we have had a two party system. This article is practice, or a dry run rough draft for a piece I'm writing for Salon about how to get rid of the two party system altogether. The Republicans are the obvious bad guys, at least the ones who aren't members of Republicans for the Rule of Law. There are bad Democrats out there too, who serve corporate interests, not the people. Vote by mails is something Republicans for the Rule of Law can get behind. I'm not necessarily that conservative though as I believe in a woman's right to choose, and equal work for equal pay, something we have precious little of in the United States at large right now.
  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 2 months ago
    The United States is Experiencing Something Unique in History

    The United States is Experiencing Something Unique in History

    At the supermarket in San Jose, CA finding potatoes is a bit difficult if they all go to the restaurants. I'm considering getting produce boxes. We are evolving because of Covid-19, as a planet in general, although the scope of this article focuses on the United States. World War III is about manufacturing, the where and how of it. If manufacturing takes place in China, and not in the United States, we are not doing ourselves a favor. Things have to be made in the USA again for one, if we expect the economy to improve. Has anybody ever asked themselves why things are made in China a lot?
  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 2 months ago
    Release the Hounds

    Release the Hounds

    It takes the bleach-ridden cake that he suggested that people inject themselves with bleach, while then calling it a prank. Is this not evil? Can people see this as evil already? 45 had many failures as President, indeed, for me he is a study on what not to do, as even other Republicans do not support him, the George Bush senior kind, the Reagan kind. He can't see the deaths of 50,000 Americans on his hands, and the toll could reach 200,000 or more. This virus caught America by surprise, only because it means that the Covid-19 response that put air travelers in long lines with possibly infected people is part of what is also Trumps' fault.
  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 3 months ago
    The Cusp of World War III

    The Cusp of World War III

    World War 3 can be prevented. Yes, I'm going to flat out say this. The future is something that can always be changed. Sure, the virus coming out of China forcing everybody on this planet into quarantine is something vile. World War 3 could turn into an explosive situation since the Chinese blame the US military for spreading the virus while America in its perpetual racism blames The Chinese. First of all how stupid is that? A virus will kill without hesitation. That is simply what viruses do. Viruses enjoy making people ill.
  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 3 months ago
    Working Together

    Working Together

    The whole point of this virus is to force the different world players caught up in the Covid-19 mess to work together. Now that is not a totally radical proposition but it may yet work out. Why is it that Australians are mature enough to work together with their Chinese counterparts, but Americans are simply wailing about having to work together with Chinese scientists? We could find a vaccine in 12-18 months they say, but the thing is, if we cooperated, what a concept, we could find one in half that time. By April 15th, 2020 there were 2 million confirmed infections of Covid-19 so far. To tabulate the numbers from this date: the US has 582,000 cases, China only 83,000, Spain 172,000 where more people are getting tested, France, 137,000, the U.K. has 89,000 cases, Germany 130,000, France 137,000 following behind Germany, and then Italy has soared at 159,000 cases.
  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 3 months ago
    What Good Has Come Out of Coronavirus?

    What Good Has Come Out of Coronavirus?

    Coronavirus has less pollution happening on this planet, since people are in stay home mode. The Bay Area traffic, which gets very bad, has thinned out. I'm happy I get to stay home rather than drag myself to therapy. I was doing really well getting out of the house daily when the virus hit with the stay at home order. Staying at home is a more humane way of dealing with it when the United States is coming undone, lacking the resources to do something worse to the population. I leave it up to you to decide what that is about. Businesses now let people work from home when they said that was not an option. They cannot fire people for being ill if they send them to work from home. I feel for essential workers though since they are exposing themselves to the virus. I want to interview people after the fact, over Skype if need be. I haven't used my Skype in months if not a year or two by now. Coronavirus did come from a lab at the very least, I believe it did anyway. What scares me is that they pretty much know this but aren't telling people this was the case. They are trying to see why this happened so that it can be prevented. Sure, but people need to work together on a vaccine. Countries with better health care systems ought to be working with the United States. But no, we are drifting further into xenophobia because of the travel bans. And now there are threats of not bailing out the postal service, when in fact billionaires could step up and fund them with their money. Who is willing to step up and do this? Not everybody wants to do that. Keeping the postal service functional is necessary because shutting it down is unconstitutional and cannot be done. Some people, if they have gotten sick from the virus, can now see that our country is being led by someone-with ill-will towards the people. His supporters are dwindling in number. That is an outlandish, and crazy suggestion coming from someone who is going to eventually have a full-blown crying fit nervous breakdown. Of that, we could only hope, if he's the unstable hot mess that some have thought he is. His followers lack objectivity because they think he's fine. But have faith normal people, they are becoming less in number. Much good can come from this virus though, like a better, closer to free, health care system. There are still insurance plans available. The stimulus check is coming tomorrow, I suppose, and I'm pretty much okay now since I got sent some extra income, seeing as extended family doesn't send me money at all. How does the Chilean currency exchange these days anyway? For the good of the planet, we all need to work together. And also, how does the Euro exchange? I do not know this. But anyway, the stimulus check is something I can save money with. Having class online is not so bad, staying home isn't so bad either. Not going to the office is also not so bad. Keeping yourself at home isn't that bad either, because there is no grocery shortage. You can order delivery but I'm holding off until my birthday. Keeping myself well right now is a full-time job. I'm trying to avoid the virus, and despite having anti-vaxxer friends, I have to say that I'm getting the vaccine. On my Facebook page, there is a general rule of do not criticize my health care choices. That makes you the same category as my family. By working together on this planet, we could work to improve our global health care system, in which the virus has exposed many flaws. We need to help each other fix things, we cannot stay lone wolves with that fact. It is self-destructive as a species not to ask for help. Fixing our broken health care system should be our top priority if only because so many people rely on it. The fact is that healthcare on this planet sucks. It needs work, it needs to be put back together or built into something that can be managed better. Health is everybody's human right except in the United States. So let's make our priority to fix it.