Closing Thought–25Mar20

We have heard it all about this pandemic and the virus that sparked it, right?

And this thing is showing the world just how goddamn ignorant we are…..

I thought I had and then I read something coming out of Alabama……a cure has been found!

A hands on faith healing!

A pastor in Alabama this week invited people who have been infected with coronavirus into his church so that they could be treated with the power of prayer, despite guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid large gatherings.

Patheos reports that Chris Bartlett, pastor of the Boaz Church of God in Boaz, Alabama, wrote a now-deleted Facebook post in which he criticized other churches for temporarily closing to help slow the spread of the disease.

“I am somewhat moved over the fact that all it takes to disassemble God‘s church is the threat of sickness by germ spreading,” he wrote. “It seems the early church wouldn’t have made very far with this type of timidity.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/alabama-pastor-invited-people-infected-with-coronavirus-into-church-for-faith-healing-treatment/

Then to add to the stupidity is as always ……social media…..

In times of a viral outbreak, why not make a viral video? That was the thought process of TikTok user Ava Louise, who once appeared on Dr. Phil’s show as a rebellious teen and confessed, “I want to have purpose and meaning.” The self-proclaimed Instagram influencer tried to give herself just that by making a TikTok video showing her licking an airplane toilet seat, with the words “coronavirus challenge” overlaying the clip. “Please RT this so people can know how to properly be sanitary on the airplane,” Louise posted. As of Wednesday, the video had more than 460,000 views on Twitter. Per Louise herself, she’d hoped the TikTok would catch on. “I’m looking for a record deal and a reality show about my messy life,” she tells People, which notes she’d posted inflammatory tweets about the virus previously, including one that read “coronavirus is for poor people and poor people only.”

Many weren’t happy with Louise’s stunt. “Put her ass in jail!” tweeted The View‘s Meghan McCain—to which Louise responded with an Instagram post showing her posing in a bikini, noting, “Meghan McCain could NEVER.” Business Insider—which notes Louise said she created the video to “trick boomers into giving her attention,” thanking media outlets for calling attention to it all—reports on a follow-up video by Louise that went up after the TikTok. In it, the 21-year-old, who says she’s a public relations major at Rutgers University, drinks a White Claw and reads from a scripted response, per Heavy.com. “You’re all so f—king stupid,” she says. “There’s a reason coronavirus is taking out people over 50, because you’re all idiots who ruined our country … Darwinism’s doing its job by knocking you out with this virus.” Response from the internet? “I’m sure her parents are proud,” tweets one observer.

The bitch that issued this challenge has seen a man go to the hospital for licking….

A man who filmed himself licking a toilet bowl in the ‘coronavirus challenge’ is now reportedly ill in hospital with the deadly disease.

In bizarre footage posted on TikTok, the man can be seen placing his mouth around the bowl and extending his tongue.

According to Piers Morgan on GMB, the same man is now receiving treatment.

The presenter said: “You may remember also the other idiot, this is also in America, as part of the coronavirus challenge some morons are doing, went into  his local toilet cubicle and licked the bowl.

“I think this called karma – he’s got coronavirus.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-challenge-moron-who-licked-21749466

My grandfather use to say the stupidity was deadly.

This bitch that issued this challenge needs locking up and put into a rubber room in an asylum…..I’m thinking electro shock might help.

Need I say more?

Please people do not let panic and fear make you do something stupid.

If you are ill take your doctor’s advice….and stay calm…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

A Few Virus Thoughts

We hear a lot about the plan/s that are being debated in DC to save this group or that……do you know what is being said?

The GOP is trying to give corporations a ll the help they need while not too damn concerned with Main Street…..

Let’s begin with the Senate and their push for a corporate bail-out…….

Progressives on Monday renewed their demand for #AJustStimulus to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic as the GOP continues to push a vote on a measure critics say could amount to “another corporate handout.”

“Republicans under Mitch McConnell want to turn the coronavirus rescue bill into a slush fund that Trump can use for corporate handouts, and we have to stop them,” advocacy group People’s Action said in letter to supporters Monday morning.

The legislation in question is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES. Democrats late Sunday successfully blocked the bill from moving forward, as Common Dreams reported.

“We voted no on the McConnell-GOP bill because among other problems it includes huge bailouts without protections for people and workers and without accountability, and because it shortchanges our hospitals and healthcare workers who need our help,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)  “These changes need to be made.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/23/counter-corporate-handout-pushed-mcconnell-progressives-intensify-demand

Some would have us believe that Dems were holding it up and punishing the people….that is a lie.

Despite urgent demands from public health experts, frontline nurses and doctors, and Democratic lawmakers that President Donald Trump urgently utilize his authority under the Defense Production Act to order private companies to produce critically needed medical equipment to help stop the coronavirus crisis ravaging the nation, the president on Sunday explained that to do so would be akin to “nationalization” of industries and “socialism”—a claim he made even while suggesting that a taxpayer bailout of his personal hotel empire might be necessary.

“We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business,” Trump said at Sunday evening press conference when asked about his reluctance to more aggressively utilize the DPA, which he officially invoked last week. “Call a person over in Venezuela,” the president continued, “ask them how did nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/23/trump-taxpayer-bailout-my-hotels-capitalism-ordering-industries-produce-medical

You interested in what is really happening?

President Trump has refused to use a wartime law to require major manufacturers to make vital equipment to combat the new coronavirus, reportedly after corporations successfully lobbied his top adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

https://www.salon.com/2020/03/24/trump-wont-require-firms-to-help-fight-coronavirus–after-corporations-lobbied-jared-kushner/

Games as usual……

Now for some of the more STUPID among us when it comes to this virus…….

These are times in which we may all have to make some sacrifices, but in the Texas lieutenant governor’s mind, senior citizens in the US should be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. NBC News reports that Dan Patrick appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Monday night, not long after a presser in which President Trump signaled he wants businesses reopened sooner rather than later—which would flout the advice of health experts, per CBS DFW. The 69-year-old grandfather of six agrees with Trump, and apparently thinks older Americans should be OK with risking their lives in this effort. “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?'” he said to Carlson. “If that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”

Patrick added: “Let’s get back to work. Let’s get back to living. … Those of us who are 70-plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.” Tucker double-checked that he was understanding Patrick correctly, asking: “You’re basically saying that this disease could take your life but that’s not the scariest thing to you? There’s something that would be worse than dying?” Patrick’s reply: “Yeah. If I get sick, I’ll go and try to get better, but if I don’t, I don’t.” CBS News notes the immediate backlash that came Patrick’s way, with the terms “death panel” and “Logan’s Run” (a movie in which anyone over 30 is eliminated) getting a lot of traction. “I’m 73, pretty active, and I’m not willing to sacrifice myself for the economy,” one commenter noted on Twitter. From another: “Sacrificing the elderly on the altar of the economy? This Texan will vote for someone with a moral compass next time.”

This one just makes one ask….SERIOUSLY?

And I hear the idiot of the Right Glen Beck echoes the feeling of the Lt. Gov…..

On Tuesday, right-wing shock jock Glenn Beck followed Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s lead, and suggested that older people should risk their lives and potentially expose themselves to coronavirus for the sake of the economy.

“I sincerely hope that we are not at a place, as Americans, where we are going to let the Democrats jam down the Green New Deal because we’re at home panicked,” said Beck. “I want to have a frank conversation with you and ask you where you stand. I mean, I’m in the danger zone. I’m right at the edge, I’m 56. In Italy they’re saying if you’re sick and your 60, don’t even come in. So I’m in the danger zone.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/id-rather-die-glenn-beck-joins-the-gop-call-for-old-people-to-sacrifice-themselves/

I could add something truly disgusting about Beck….but I will save that for others.

President Trump warned that the number of suicides could increase if he does not lift restrictions due to the coronavirus on daily life.

His administration is mulling whether to lift social distancing measures at the end of a 15-day period, and he has repeatedly said that the “cure should not be worse than the problem.”

(washingtonexaminer.com)

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“lego ergo scribo”

Against All Advice

Most of the wrong info that the public is given has come from the mouth of the Donald of Orange in his daily briefings.

Like all can get a test….wrong there are NOT enough test kits……this virus will be gone by April……wrong again…….

New polling shows public trust is eroding regarding the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as news outlets attempt to catalogue President Donald Trump’s lies about the crisis.

Yahoo! News and YouGov surveyed 1,635 adults across the country this week, finding that 53% of Americans do not trust the president to tell the truth about the virus, officially known as COVID-19. 

Seventy-nine percent of Democrats surveyed said they agreed that Trump can’t be trusted, while just 16% of Republicans agreed. 

The poll revealed lopsided levels of trust along partisan lines, with 79% of Democrats saying they believe Trump is lying to the U.S. public about the crisis and just 16% of Republicans reporting the same.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/13/endangering-public-trump-lies-mount-coronavirus-spreads-across-united-states

He tries to sideline Dr. Fauci and Birx and continues to go against the best advice from medical professionals……..

President Trump said Monday that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and he claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the coronavirus pandemic. “We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing, echoing a midnight Sunday tweet. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems.” Trump acknowledged there were trade-offs, “there’s no question about that,” but claimed that, if closures stretch on for months, there would be “probably more death from that than anything that we’re talking about with respect to the virus.” The comments were further evidence that Trump has grown impatient with the pandemic, reports the AP, even before it has reached its expected peak.

“I’m not looking at months, I can tell you right now,” Trump said Monday, adding that America will soon be back open for business. He said, though, that states could continue to enforce stricter measures. In recent days, tensions have been rising between those who argue the country needs to get back up and running to prevent a deep economic depression, and medical experts who warn that, unless more extreme action is taken, the human cost will be catastrophic. “We can’t shut in the economy. The economic cost to individuals is just too great,” Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, said in an interview Monday on Fox News Channel. “The president is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult trade-offs.”

This “man” is protecting the corporations and their cash….he cares NOTHING for the peons like you and me…..proof is his total moronic babblings about getting the country back to work….

President Trump has put a date on his desire to have the US running at normal speed: Easter, which is a little less three weeks away. Trump made the comments at the White House while participating in a virtual town hall for Fox News, reports CNBC. “We’re opening up this incredible country,” he said. “Because we have to do that. I would love to have it open by Easter.” Trump has said in recent days he’s worried that a prolonged shutdown would cause more damage to the US than the coronavirus itself. Critics fear that easing up on travel restrictions will worsen the pandemic in the US, but Trump argued the alternative is worse. “We’re going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression,” he said. “The other people, you’re going to have suicide by the thousands, you’re going to have all sorts of things happen.”

Easter this year falls on April 12. “I would love to have that,” said Trump. “It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’d love to make it an important day for this. I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter.” Earlier this month, Trump laid out a 15-day plan to slow the spread of the virus, and that period ends on March 30. “We’ll assess at that time,” said Trump, per the Washington Post. His comments come amid a continued rise in cases. Earlier Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned that the US is poised to become the new “epicenter” of the pandemic, reports Reuters. In the last 24 hours, 40% of the world’s new cases came from the US, says a WHO spokesperson. The current US total is just shy of 50,000, per the New York Times. The US death toll is 615.

Every presser that he strolls out and lies does nothing to save the markets and is nailing is defeat in November down.

Thoughts about what all this early return to work is all about…..

  • Trump’s view: The president’s mantra is that he doesn’t want the cure to be worse than the ailment. “Trump and a chorus of conservative voices have begun to suggest that the shock to the economy could hurt the country more than deaths from the virus,” per the New York Times.
  • Echoing that: Former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein is in Trump’s camp here. “Extreme measures to flatten the virus ‘curve’ is sensible—for a time—to stretch out the strain on health infrastructure,” he tweets. “But crushing the economy, jobs and morale is also a health issue-and beyond. Within a very few weeks let those with a lower risk to the disease return to work.”
  • Opposing view: No, no, no, argues Jordan Weissmann at Slate. “This is an extremely dangerous line of thinking, and not just because it will likely lead to more casualties,” he writes. “Encouraging Americans back to work before the virus is contained will not save the economy from catastrophe. Rather, it will set the country up to limp along, half-functioning as the pandemic spreads further.” It’s the worst of both worlds, he fears. Instead, he advocates a national lockdown for at least three weeks.
  • Phased return: Any return to normalcy would likely be phased in once the 15-day period Trump initially laid out ends on March 30. For example, the elderly or those with underlying health issues could be asked to remain in isolation, while healthier people would be encouraged to return to work. The guidelines could vary geographically, per CNN. More specifically, the White House could lift federal guidelines but allow states to act on their own.
  • Quarantine lite: At the Week, Joel Mathis thinks a “quasi-quarantine”—somewhere in the middle of the two opposing camps—is in our future. In reality, “shelter in place” orders can’t last too long, he writes. But “it is still possible to maintain some level of social distancing and other healthy practices under such circumstances,” he adds, citing a friend’s Shanghai photos of a rooftop dinner party in which everyone was wearing safety masks.
  • Key advisers: “Remember that Trump has no public health professionals in his circle of informal advisers,” writes Jonathan Swan at Axios. “Those are not his go-to calls when he’s in the residence late at night. They’re all business or media folks.”
  • 2 voices: Reaction to the idea isn’t breaking down the way you might expect. Trump supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham, for example, tweeted that Trump should listen to health experts, not economic ones. “There is no functioning economy unless we control the virus,” he warned. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a frequent Trump critic, sounded closer to Trump’s line of thinking. “You can’t stop the economy forever,” he said Monday. “So we have to start to think about does everyone stay out of work? Should young people go back to work sooner? Can we test for those who had the virus, resolved, and are now immune and can they start to go back to work?”

We should be very afraid of this man as much as this virus…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Congress–Do We Have A Deal?

After silly political games added into the different plans to deal with the virus….we have now finally come to agreement…..

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are done. We have a deal,” top White House aide Eric Ueland announced early Wednesday after the White House and Senate leaders reached agreement on the biggest economic relief package in American history. The $2 trillion measure to help workers, businesses, and the health care system deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will include $1,200 checks for many Americans and a $367 billion loan program for small businesses, the Washington Post reports. “Help is on the way, big help and quick help,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat. “We’re going to take up and pass this package to care for those who are now caring for us, and help carry millions of Americans through these dark economic times.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said he is “thrilled that we’re finally going to deliver for the country that has been waiting for us to step up.” The deal was reached after what the New York Times describes as a “furious final round of haggling” between McConnell, Schumer, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. One of the last issues to be resolved was a $500 billion plan for subsidized loans to large industries hit hard by the outbreak, including the airlines, the AP reports. The Senate is expected to pass the bill Wednesday but it could take longer to pass in the House, which is out of session, unless lawmakers agree to pass it with unanimous consent, reports the Post.

The deal could still fall apart……

I still do not think the airlines deserve a bail-out……look what was wasted on an auto bail-out and how silly the financial bail-out was did nothing to help the nation….only the bottom lines of the corporations.

And when this virus thing is abated there will be a massive attempt to pay for this stimulus and us mere mortals will have to pay for the corporations getting freebies.

Any thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Nukes Make A Comeback

I realize that virus news is on everybody’s minds and lips these days….but sadly there are other situations and issues that this country must face as well.

Not long ago our president decided not to honor our commitments that we agree to in the INF treaty of the 1980s……so apparently the nuclear arms race is once again heating up.

But to give my reader a little background…..plus some of the history behind the Treaty……..https://lobotero.com/2018/10/30/the-inf-in-the-rear-view-mirror/

https://lobotero.com/2020/03/16/what-happened-to-the-arms-race/

Now the Pentagon has taken up the baton for bigger and better nukes…..

The Trump administration’s proposal to begin work on a new nuclear warhead program to modernize the nation’s aging stockpile is expected to be hotly contested.

For fiscal year 2021, President Donald Trump requested $28.9 billion for the Pentagon’s nuclear enterprise. He requested an additional $15.6 billion for efforts by the National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the stockpile, including $53 million for NNSA work on a new warhead, dubbed the W93.

The Pentagon’s budget blueprint includes $480 million for work on the weapon system over the future years defense program, with $32 million slated for 2021.

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2020/3/17/political-battle-brewing-over-new-nuclear-program

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”