Closing Thought–26Mar20

We all have heard of those people (I use the term loosely) that are coughing on fruit or sneezing on toilet seats, licking stuff…..etc etc etc…….these people need to be stopped and held accountable for the endangering people’s lives.

Well someone has stepped up…..

A 26-year-old Missouri man was arrested this week after he allegedly made a video of himself licking items at a Walmart in an attempt to mock the coronavirus, which has killed thousands of people across the globe.

The Warren County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Cody Lee Pfister with making a terrorist threat in the second degree, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The incident took place on March 11 at the Warrenton Walmart, according to court records.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/489495-police-missouri-man-charged-with-making-terrorist-threat-for

Now the DOJ has stepped up as well……

People who intentionally spread the coronavirus could face criminal charges under federal terrorism laws, the Justice Department’s No. 2 official said Tuesday.

In a memo to top Justice Department leaders, law enforcement agency chiefs and U.S. Attorneys across the country, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said prosecutors and investigators could come across cases of “purposeful exposure and infection of others with COVID-19.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/24/coronavirus-terrorism-justice-department-147821

Now my governor (the moron he is) has decided to follow Trump’s lead and not to order a stay at home order……my question for the DOJ is……since that could make the virus spread faster could the moron Tate Reeves be charged?

God I hope so!

1,000 Americans have died from this virus……how many more will have to do the same to protect stupidity?

Any thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Pandemic And Economic Collapse

WE have a raging virus ripping through the country and world and our economy is a yo yo…..one day up two days down then one up, etc.

This thing could be a society killer…..

As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus pandemic must not be understood as an ordinary problem that macroeconomics can solve or alleviate. Rather, the world could be witnessing a fundamental shift in the very nature of the global economy.

The immediate crisis is one of both supply and demand. Supply is falling because companies are closing down or reducing their workloads to protect workers from contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Lower interest rates can’t make up the shortfall from workers who are not going to work—just as, if a factory were bombed in a war, a lower interest rate would not conjure up lost supply the following day, week, or month.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-03-19/real-pandemic-danger-social-collapse

The Fed is trying desperately to curb a recession/depression and the government is also trying to prop up businesses in this time of need……but will it be enough?

As the Covid-19 pandemic worsens, it’s hard to decide which are scarier: the conversations I’m having with epidemiologists or the conversations I’m having with economists.

“This is an economic tsunami,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told me. Social distancing is economic distancing. We are telling people to cease going to stores, to restaurants, to workplaces. We are insisting they stop supplying their labor, making their goods. To slow a pandemic, we are forcing a recession, perhaps a depression.

It was common, in 2008, to hear economists say that nothing had changed in the real economy. The US still had just as many workers, factories, and machines. We hadn’t lost any land or knowledge. There was no physical reason the economy was in crisis. The collapse in credit markets had changed economic behavior — businesses were afraid to invest and hire, and families were afraid or unable to spend.

https://www.vox.com/2020/3/23/21188900/coronavirus-stock-market-recession-depression-trump-jobs-unemployment

Will collapse be in the cards as a result of this virus and the lack of adequate response by the government?

Trump and the Congress are trying hard to avoid the collapse….but will it be worth it?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

2017 Women’s History Month–Badass Ladies

Women’s history month…..learn stuff….enjoy chuq

In Saner Thought

Women have always been at the center of any movement including revolutions……and very few get any recognition for their contributions….

I try to repair that historical oversight whenever possible…..

For every Joan of Arc, there’s a Mongolian wrestler princess; for every Mata Hari, there’s a Colombian revolutionary spy; for every Ada Lovelace, there’s a pin-up Austrian telecoms……

The women who shaped our planet are too many to mention, so here are just a few of the most frankly badass females of all time.

Source: 7 of the most badass women who ever lived (who you’ve probably never heard of) | Public Radio International

Why is there a special course for women’s place in history…why can they not be taught along with those of men?

Any good reasons?

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Trump And His Base

This virus has shown the public who Trump really working to help…….https://lobotero.com/2020/03/25/congress-do-we-have-a-deal/

The MSM and its pundits tell us daily during this election season that the Trump base are those voters in the Rust Belt and Middle America……I disagree.

To me everything the president has done since entering into office has been designed for his real base……billionaires.

Don’t blame the Trump presidency on the white proletariat. The real responsibility for this epically transgressive administration—headed by an individual Noam Chomsky rightly describes as “the most dangerous criminal in human history”—lies with the billionaire class.

According to a mainstream media myth long believed by intellectuals who ought to know better, Donald Trump rode into the White House on a great upsurge of support from poor, white, working-class voters drawn to the Republican candidate’s populist anti-Wall Street pitch in key deindustrialized battleground states. This conventional Rust Belt rebellion wisdom was proclaimed on the front page of the nation’s newspaper of record, The New York Times, a day after the 2016 election. The Times called Trump’s victory “a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters.” That same day, Times political writer Nate Cohn wrote that “Donald J. Trump won the presidency by riding an enormous wave of support among working-class whites.

This storyline — repeated ad nauseam and taken for granted in the mainstream media and even in much of the progressive left—is flatly contradicted by credible data. There was no mass white working-class outpouring for Trump in 2016. Slate writers Konstantin Kilibarda and Daria Roithmayr noted weeks after the election: “Donald Trump didn’t flip working-class white voters,” they wrote. “Hillary Clinton lost them. … Relative to the 2012 election, Democratic support in the key Rust Belt states [Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin] collapsed as a huge number of Democrats stayed home or (to a lesser extent) voted for a third party.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/06/trumps-real-base-ruling-class

The media owned by billionaires is telling a tale that they want the voter to believe and trust……as usual they are lying to us!

This election like most election is just a battle of corporations for control…..while the corporations get the gravy and the people get the skim at the bottom of the pie.

One last question……why does a cruise ship get cash…..they sail under foreign flags…..and they will get American cash……why?

Death total from this virus has hit 1,000…..how many more must die to protect stupid?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Politics Of Covid-19

We here in the US have been scrambling to decide just who is telling the truth about this virus……the president or the health professionals.

I know who I believe but that is just me.

I read a piece written by a South Korean professor that sheds some light on the situation as it pertains to politics.

The author is a political science and international relations professor at Seoul National University.

I am teaching my political theory course remotely this semester due to the new coronavirus outbreak. For the midterms, I told my students to submit essays discussing “the politics of Covid-19.” Using the basic concepts of politics they will learn in the first half of the course, my students will analyze the political situation surrounding the Covid-19 crisis. For reference, I uploaded about 50 news articles — including editorials and columns I found in the local and foreign press — onto our online bulletin board. The news clips have provocative headlines such as “corona-politics,” “self-serving politics,” “the political offensive of a contagion” and “the government’s self-praise.”


In real life, politics is not so negative. From a realist point of view, politics is about clashing with one another over self interest and competing to take and maintain their power. The American political scientist Harold Lasswell famously defined politics as a science of “who gets what, when and how.” When we look up the word “political” in the dictionary, we come across such words like “crafty” and “scheming.” That is what we mean when we say someone is “too political.”

Covid-19 has definitely laid bare the dark side of politics. With less than a month to go until the April 15 parliamentary elections, we see political groups bashing and fighting against one another to pursue their factional interests and gain power. Attention from the media tends to amplify such political strife, and they demonstrated conflicting views on whether the Korean government is doing a good job in tackling the virus. In that sense, media outlets are also engaged in the politics of the coronavirus. The Journalists Association of Korea even published an official column criticizing a conservative newspaper’s “political and biased” news coverage.

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx

Fascinating look……but all that aside the South Korean model of dealing with this virus should be held up as the only way to deal with it.

Have not hears this before now?

Then read and then tell me who has a better model….that idiot in the White House or South Korea?

“Test, test, test,” World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus implored countries fighting the novel coronavirus at a press conference on March 16. “You cannot fight this fire blindfolded.” The UK seems finally to have heeded this advice, announcing plans on March 19 to up test for Covid-19 to 25,000 every day.

As of March 20, the UK had only tested 64,621 people – more than any other European country apart from Italy but still far below the level needed to truly track the extent of the outbreak. But if the UK needs a role model for implementing these tests, it could do worse than look towards South Korea.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would quickly announce that 9,300 people attended the two Shincheonji church services alongside patient 31 and 1,200 were now complaining of flu-like symptoms. Hundreds would test positive in the coming days. During a 10-day period in late February, cases leapt above 5,000.

Yet South Korea, where the outbreak total stands, as of March 19, at 8,652 cases and 94 deaths, now has a case rate in relative decline. Just 93 new cases were reported on March 18 (though numbers rose again on 19, to 152.) During the worst periods of February, Korean officials were recording more than 900 a day.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/south-korea-coronavirus

Guess what?  Testing is the key….now someone needs to whisper that in the ear of Donald the Orange.

Learn Stuff!

Be Well!  Be Safe!

I Read, I Write, you know

“lego ergo scribo”