Closing Thought–19Mar20

There has been volumes written about this virus and the response……some say that the media is over blowing this thing way out of proportion (I feel that way)……but is it?

Good question…..let’s take a look……

Amid all the high-octane reporting on COVID-19, another story is circulating at street level—that the whole thing is way overblown. After all, New York City has only 154 confirmed cases (LiveScience), LA County 40 cases (LA Times), and the state of Illinois just 46 (NBC Chicago). What’s more, people will tell you coronavirus is no worse than the flu. Yet school systems and sports leagues are shutting down, mass events are being canceled, and President Trump is reversing course on his early skepticism to enact new travel bans. “I don’t want people dying,” Trump said. So how do we square this circle?

  • Politics: One poll found that about 6 in 10 Republicans aren’t worried about the coronavirus, while 68% of Democrats are. That might be because more Democrats live in cities—which are having worse outbreaks—but the New York Timesnotes that right-wing pundits are circulating doubt about the virus. Sean Hannity says it might be a deep-state “fraud,” while Fox Business anchor Trish Regan was put on hiatus after calling the virus “another attempt to impeach the president,” per Bloomberg.
  • Britain: Boris Johnson is lending credence to the “it’s overblown” theory by refusing to ban mass gatherings or close schools, CNN reports. But with 798 reported coronavirus cases and 10 deaths as of Friday, the Express reports that Johnson is under pressure to alter his strategy.
  • Fear of panic: One infectious disease expert warns that panic could be worse than the disease. “I am not scared of COVID-19,” writes Canadian doctor Abdu Sharkawy, per ScienceAlert. “What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world.”
  • The flu: But the medical data is concerning. There’s no established death rate yet for COVID-19, but it appears to out-kill the flu. Our World in Data estimates that in the 65+ age group, COVID-19 kills 6% and the flu only 0.8%, Vox reports. What’s more, COVID-19 still has no vaccine.
  • How many? Health officials say the virus may be vastly underreported. Medium notes that when Wuhan thought it had 444 cases, it really had around 12,000—about 27 times more. Likewise, Ohio health officials say 100,000 state residents might have the virus. If numbers are that high, the virus will quickly spread and numbers will soar.
  • What to do? Stay calm. Stress alone can weaken your immune system. Forbes offers click-worthy advice, like: self-quarantine if you’re sick, wash your hands thoroughly when you get home, and “practice social distancing, at least 6 feet from others.” The goal is to let medical professionals tackle the virus while we calmly wait it out.

In closing a photo from a LA gun store…..

People line up at Martin B. Retting gun store in Culver City

(photo from the LA Times)

Surely my readers have a thought on these topics…

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Theft Of Culture

As a historian and an amateur archeologist I find little more disgusting than the theft of artifacts….that is stealing a people’s culture and history.

One of the largest “hobby shops” is Hobby Lobby and the owner of the corporation has also opened a museum of the bible…..within that “museum” many stolen artifacts were found in the displays…..in short I wrote about these before…..first about 5 years ago and then 3 years on…..https://lobotero.com/2015/10/28/speaking-of-good-christians/ and https://lobotero.com/2018/05/03/the-theft-of-history/

I bring this up because more artifacts, which should belong to the Palestinians and the Israelis, the Dead Sea Scrolls on display in the “museum” have found to be fakes…..

It would be more accurate to call the “Dead Sea Scrolls” at a museum in Washington, DC, the “Old Sandal Fakes,” researchers say. A team of art fraud experts spent six months analyzing the supposed scroll fragments at the Museum of the Bible and concluded that billionaire Steve Green, owner of the Hobby Lobby chain, had paid millions of dollars for forgeries that were probably made from Roman-era shoe leather made to resemble ancient parchment, the Guardian reports. The company hired to examine the fragments said they all appeared to be “deliberate forgeries created in the 20th century with the intent to mimic authentic Dead Sea Scroll fragments.” The museum says it will remove the scroll fragments from display while it is closed during the coronavirus crisis.

The researchers say the forgers imitated the writing of ancient Hebrew scribes and coated the leather in “shiny amber material … most likely animal skin glue,” the BBC reports. In 2018—a year after the $500 million museum opened—scholars determined that at least five of its 16 scroll fragments were fakes. The original scrolls were found in caves on the shore of the Dead Sea in 1947. Experts say the researchers’ finding cast doubt on all 70 of the supposed scroll fragments that went on the market after 2002, when an antiquities dealer’s son claimed to have found them in a family vault. Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, the museum’s chief curatorial officer, says the “sophisticated and costly methods employed to discover the truth about our collection could be used to shed light on other suspicious fragments.”

Sucks being them, Hobby Lobby, when you try to prove something that may be unable to prove you will fall for every con known to man.

If any of those artifacts are real then they belong to the nation of their origin….the West has already stolen more artifacts than they have returned.

Just saying…….

Please take the time to read the links I have provided……

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Women’s History #3–M19

M19?

It is NOT some mystery virus lurking on the horizon.

Does anyone have any idea what that is all about…don’t bother I will fill in the blanks….

The time is the 1970s and “terrorists” and the world is awash with groups that want to destroy something….the PLA, UNITA, Bader Gang, etc, etc.

You may think that today’s political and cultural divide today is wide, but it’s nothing compared to the ‘70s and early ‘80s. 

Imagine what the country would be like today if almost every day there were bombings by domestic terrorists? If there were attacks that assassinated police at point-blank range, and groups like the Black Liberation Army took credit?

Imagine that Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries were discovered to have an arsenal with thousands of military weapons along with FBI and DEA identification cards. Imagine a series of bombings set off in the Officers Club of the Washington Navy Yard, the South African consulate, and the New York City Police Benevolent Association.  

All of this actually happened — and at the time there was not even a major sense of panic about it. It was business as usual. It makes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his “revolution” look like child’s play. 

You Say You Want a Revolution?

bombed Capitol and M19 prisoners photo

M19 stands for May 19th Movement…..it is a group that is totally led by women…..

Amidst the social and political turmoil of the 1970s, a handful of women—among them a onetime Barnard student, a Texas sorority sister, the daughter of a former communist journalist—joined and became leaders of the May 19th Communist Organization. Named to honor the shared birthday of civil rights icon Malcolm X and Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, M19 took its belief in “revolutionary anti-imperialism” to violent extremes: It is “the first and only women-created and women-led terrorist group,” says national security expert and historian William Rosenau.

M19’s status as an “incredible outlier” from male-led terrorist organizations prompted Rosenau, an international security fellow at the think tank New America, to excavate the inner workings of the secretive and short-lived militant group. The resulting book, Tonight We Bombed the Capitol, pieces together the unfamiliar story of “a group of essentially middle-class, well educated, white people who made a journey essentially from anti-war and civil rights protest to terrorism,” he says.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1980s-far-left-female-led-domestic-terrorism-group-bombed-us-capitol-180973904/

More women that our educational system has tried to erase from our history…..they may have been “terrorists” but they still deserve to be part of our history.

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Biden Is In!

Sadly it looks like the nation will have two candidates in November…..Joe Biden and Donald Trump…..and the nation should weep.

When will the Dems learn that the country does not want a centrist Dem?

The Democrats lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures over the course of the Obama years. In 2016, they lost the presidency to a cartoonishly racist and widely despised reality television personality. Something hasn’t been working for the brand. This appears lost on the sector of the party that hopes to woo voters in 2020 with the same old centrist agenda. This time, it’s dressed up in the down-home package of Joe Biden— “Middle-Class Joe,” as he calls himself.

At The Democratic Strategist (a website managed by Ed Kilgore, former vice president for policy at the corporate-oriented Democratic Leadership Council), a post argues that Biden’s March visit to Pennsylvania, in which he stumped for House Democratic candidate Conor Lamb, “amped up the buzz for Biden’s possible 2020 campaign, and provided Democrats with an eloquent, heartfelt rhetorical template for appealing to white working–class voters.”

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21063/joe_biden_democrats_2020_president_trump

Now all you voters think back to 2016…..and just how Trump got the election called in his favor…..

As the Democratic Party’s “moderate” (or shall we say “establishment”) wing coalesces around Joe Biden to stop Bernie, the primary contest is starting to look a lot like 2016, when the same wing rallied around Hillary Clinton. 

Today, Mike Bloomberg quit the race and endorsed Biden—as has Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. As the New York Times’ David Leonhardt put it, “if you’re a Democrat who doesn’t want Bernie Sanders to be the party’s nominee, your choice is now clear: you should vote for Joe Biden.”

But suppose you’re a Democrat who doesn’t want Donald Trump to have a second term? Suppose you’re a Democrat who suspects that Trump got elected in the first place because he exploited a deep sense of betrayal felt by tens of millions of Americans whose wages haven’t budged in 40 years and who know the system is rigged for the benefit of those at the top? Do you really vote for Joe Biden?

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/04/if-you-understand-how-trump-defeated-clinton-four-years-ago-do-you-really-vote-joe

Oh God!  We have 4 years of NOTHING changing…..either we keep the fool on the hill or we elect a bigger fool from downtown Wall Street.

And in a series to follow I will explain my thinking on Biden.

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De-Fang Democracy

This post is about the organization within the Americas and its purpose in life.

This group is called the Organization of American States (OAS)……

But first a little history and background of the OAS…….

The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. That meeting approved the establishment of the International Union of American Republics, and the stage was set for the weaving of a web of provisions and institutions that came to be known as the inter-American system, the oldest international institutional system.

The OAS came into being in 1948 with the signing in Bogotá, Colombia, of the Charter of the OAS, which entered into force in December 1951. It was subsequently amended by the Protocol of Buenos Aires, signed in 1967, which entered into force in February 1970; by the Protocol of Cartagena de Indias, signed in 1985, which entered into force in November 1988; by the Protocol of Managua, signed in 1993, which entered into force in January 1996; and by the Protocol of Washington, signed in 1992, which entered into force in September 1997.

The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states—as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter—”an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.”

Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU).

The Organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development.

One main pillar is that of democracy……to that I call CRAP!

Why?

Just look at their support for the coup in Chile….their support for the attempts at regime change in Venezuela…..and their support for the right wing rise that threatens all democracy in the region.

Experts at MIT recently concluded that there is no statistical evidence of fraud in the results of the Bolivian presidential elections last October. These findings debunk an earlier report by the Organization of American States (OAS), which were used to justify a right-wing coup d’etat in the Andean nation.

“All in all, the OAS’ statistical analysis and conclusions would appear deeply flawed,” the researchers, John Curiel and Jack R. Williams of the Election Data and Science Lab, wrote in the Washington Post. They added that the incumbent, Evo Morales, very likely garnered more than the 10 percent margin needed to avoid a second round vote.

The announcement has caused an international uproar.

The Organization of American States Is Eroding Faith in Democracy

An organization that started out trying to help democracy bloom in the Americas is now an office of Right wing authoritarianism……

Sad that this is happening……it is sad that Right wing hate is becoming more and more popular.

How the OAS Revived the Cold War in the Americas

Thoughts?

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