Sunday Thoughts

Food is quickly becoming a main issue around this pandemic.

From Farmers having to let their crops go….to food banks being stretched to their limits…..to the hunger that is approaching.

I wrote about the food bank crisis in an earlier post…..and here it is…..https://lobotero.com/2020/04/16/closing-thought-16apr20/

I had bitched about those people that are allowing the produce and dairy and eggs go to waste…..and now there is some good news on the food thing…..

Farmers around the country have been forced to dump milk and waste fresh produce as schools, restaurants and other institutions remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response, Supermarket chain Publix launched a new initiative Wednesday to help struggling farmers — and get the food to Americans who need it most.

The company’s press release said it will purchase fresh produce and milk from farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and donate the goods directly to Feeding America food banks that are in its “operating area.” During the first week of the initiative alone, some 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk is expected to be donated, the company said.

“As a food retailer, we have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs of families and farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Todd Jones, Publix CEO. “In addition to providing much needed produce and milk to food banks, this initiative provides financial support to farmers during this challenging time.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/publix-buying-excess-milk-produce-from-farmers-donations-feeding-america-food-banks-2020-04-22/

Publix should be commended for their foresight.

And please stop blaming the farmers…..look instead to the USDA of the Trump admin…….

Tens of millions of pounds of American-grown produce is rotting in fields as food banks across the country scramble to meet a massive surge in demand, a two-pronged disaster that has deprived farmers of billions of dollars in revenue while millions of newly jobless Americans struggle to feed their families.

While other federal agencies quickly adapted their programs to the coronavirus crisis, the Agriculture Department took more than a month to make its first significant move to buy up surplus fruits and vegetables despite repeated entreaties.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/26/food-banks-coronavirus-agriculture-usda-207215

Yet another incident where the Trump group did not do what was needed when  it was needed….

It is NO secret that I am not a fan of the state of Israel….I think they have pushed the guilt trip on the West as far as it can go….it is time for them to start acting like a civilized nation…..

All that aside there are things that give me pause…like when the IDF destroys crops that people depend on for the life…..and now after bombing Gaza unmercifully they have decided to stop virus testing in the Strip…..

Israeli soldiers conducting coronavirus tests in the Gaza Strip have been ordered to stop by Defence Minister Naftali Bennett due to coordination issues, an Israeli newspaper has reported. According to Maariv, the Israeli government cancelled the initiative and claimed that Bennett himself was not aware of the army initiative due to a “lack of communication”.

The initiative lasted for two days and only 100 samples were tested at one of the army’s bases on the fringe of the besieged Gaza Strip. Soldiers had announced last week that they would carry out 50 coronavirus tests per day on samples from the Gaza Strip at the army laboratory in Tzrifin. The lab is also conducting tests for soldiers suspected of having the deadly virus. As of 15 April, the total number of infections in Gaza stood at 13.

The UN should take this up…it is a crime against humanity in my book….they are acting like the brutes that decimated them in the 40s.

Bet you will not hear this on the MSM in the US….those d/bags protect Israel like they were its child…..well may it is.

Have a good day…..be well….be safe

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

 

A Really Bad Week

Donald the Orange has a truly terribly bad week last week…..his rambling nonsensical bullshit he calls a virus briefing finally caught up with his ass…..and the nail that was the last in the coffin of his immature rantings at the press conferences was the drink bleach silliness.

In case you missed it….the person that put this damn stupid idea in that small Trumpian head was one Mark Grenon…..

Dear Mr President, I am praying you read this letter and intervene.” That’s how Mark Grenon says he began a letter to President Trump proclaiming the alleged curative power of industrial bleach—right before Trump went on TV and supported disinfectant as a treatment for the coronavirus, the Guardian reports. Grenon, whose Genesis II Church of Health and Healing peddles bleach as a health cure, said Sunday on his radio show that he and 30 supporters had recently written Trump at the White House. They sought protection from the Food and Drug Administration, which has acquired a court order stopping the Florida-based group from selling a bleach product to treat the coronavirus.

“Despite a previous warning, the Genesis II Church of Healing has continued to actively place consumers at risk by peddling potentially dangerous and unapproved chlorine dioxide products,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn in a statement. “We will not stand for this.” The FDA said the Genesis product, called “Miracle Mineral Solution,” is “an unproven and potentially harmful treatment” that “has a chlorine dioxide equivalent to industrial bleach.” In Trump’s statement about the coronavirus, he surprised medical experts by saying disinfectant “knocks it out in a minute. One minute!” Grenon and the White House have not responded to requests for comment, the New York Times reports.

Now he has the bright idea of cutting the pressers in an attempt to avoid putting the small foot in that large mouth…..after all there is not much time before we mortals go to the polls and Trump’s mouth keeps losing him points…..it has NOTHING to do with safety.

A day after a virus press briefing in which President Trump set off a firestorm with his supposedly sarcastic disinfectant comments, buzz began that we soon may not see too many of these briefings. Axios reports that Trump is said to be mulling having the pressers decrease in both frequency and duration, the latter mainly because the president himself would cut his time at the podium. One source notes it appears to have hit Trump that the briefings may be hurting him, which some of his advisers apparently agree with, believing he’s appearing before the American people way too much in an often contentious environment—and that these appearances may be helping political rival and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

“I told him it’s not helping him,” one adviser tells the outlet. “Seniors are scared. And the spectacle of him fighting with the press isn’t what people want to see.” Forbes notes that his Friday press conference, the day after the disinfectant hubbub, “ended abruptly,” and without the usual reporter Q&A. Per CNN, the presser, at 22 minutes, was the shortest of the pandemic (they sometimes stretch for more than two hours), with a source close to the coronavirus task force saying Trump had been bothered by all the “flak” he got over his disinfectant comments the previous day. The Hill reports neither Dr. Anthony Fauci nor Dr. Deborah Birx appeared at Friday’s briefing, noting the briefings “have proven to be minefields” for medical experts like them as they try to deliver accurate, science-based info to the American public without getting Trump riled up

Now he decides to do the right thing?

His ego has putting millions in jeopardy.

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Hopefully there will be a price for that carelessness.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Mississippi And Covid-19

I realize that most people are more worried about their state and their city…but just to let my readers know what is happening where I live.

Cases of COVID-19 continue to be identified in U.S. states and in Mississippi. This is a rapidly changing situation that is continually being monitored by the CDC and MSDH as new cases are identified.

Mississippians are advised to take health precautions to prevent the transmission of disease, and stay in touch for the latest information on the situation in Mississippi.

Mississippi COVID-19 Case Map

This map and the following table show total cases in Mississippi as of 6 p.m. April 24, 2020, and include all reported cases since March 11, 2020.

  • New cases reported today: 284
  • New deaths reported today: 12

My county has 152  cases with 6 deaths and 2 in long term care facility…….

https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html

This is the letter from the mayor of the city I live in….it was delivered Thursday of this week…..

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Even us good old boys are having to fight this thing as well….

Just a report from my neck of the woods…..thanx for taking the time to read.

Be Well….Be Safe……

“lego ergo scribo”