The Legal Kind Of Counterfeit Money

Week 19 of the Quarantine

SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – We were rattled yesterday. Elizabeth brought her entire English class over to the house.

It was a school outing… The kids crossed the river by the footbridge and walked the mile or so up to the house.

All went well… until, the kids noticed the grand piano in the living room (given to us by a friend). Then, they wanted to see someone play it.

They’d never seen a piano before or heard anyone play it.

“Go ahead,” Elizabeth urged.

“I played 50 years ago… But I’ve only been back at it here for a couple months… and not very seriously,” we protested.

But it was no use. The kids wanted to hear piano music. So, we launched into a few simple pieces of our own composition. (We still can’t read music.)

Fortunately, the old piano gives out a lot of noise… and the audience of 6- to 12-year-olds was not that demanding. They probably would have been okay with “Chopsticks.”

“No one ever asked me to play the piano before,” we said to Elizabeth after the performance. “I’ve only been asked to stop.”

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Elizabeth’s English class at our house

Counterfeit Economy

Meanwhile, back in America…

Donald Trump now says that facemasks are “patriotic.” Maybe he meant “prophylactic.”

They may prevent catching or spreading an infectious disease… Although a report from the CDC found “no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.”

In any case, masks have nothing to do with patriotism.

But our subject today is counterfeits – and how counterfeit money leads to counterfeit policies… a counterfeit economy… and a counterfeit society.

Here at the Diary, we’re neither pro-Trump or anti-Trump… neither red nor blue…

We’re just agin’ claptrap, lies, and jackassery. And if it weren’t for counterfeit money, we propose, there would be a lot less of it all.

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