Weekend Bitchings

It is the weekend and it is a Saturday….what better time to get a few things off my mind?

I know I rant all the time…but usually it is something to do with politics or international situations……but these bitches are of a personal nature and usually about when I am walking my friend MoMo….

First…we walk at 5am it is usually dark….we do this to avoid people and other dogs…MoMo does on tolerate fools lightly…plus in the South it is usually cooler in the early hours…..

Sidewalks are for public use (and yes we have sidewalks in the South) and yet too many self-absorbed dickheads think they are their for their use only.

They use the sidewalks to pile trash on so they do not have to use their yards for the refuge…and then there are those idiots that buys 6 cars and has to park them on the sidewalk to keep them out of the street or they park them all in their driveways so that it is a trip hazard from their goddamn silly boat hooks.

There should be some sort of fine for impeding the public use of a public convenience…..(and do not get me started on those damn runners that think the street is their track)…

Next also involves my walks with MoMo…..let me apologize to any cat lovers that come here…this is not meant to be anti-cat in any way….

If I am out walking with MoMo she must be on a leash if she is outside her own property and yet while we walk there are no less than 4 cats running wild and keeps my friend pre-occupied and not focusing on the reasons we are out and about….

She is a hound bred to hunt and she does just that when she gets on the scent of her furry adversaries….she forgoes anything else but those scents….and then they dash out of the shadows and she goes batcrap crazy…..there should be some way to keep their pets on leashes as I must do mine.

Whew!  I feel better!

Thanx for letting me vent.

On a happier note….since the “lockdown” there have been NO religious types trying to drum up membership and aggravate my MoMo…..not bitching just thinking out loud at the good fortune something has come out of the virus.

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

“lego ergo scribo”

Covid-19: A Great Success Story

I wish this was a more upbeat post….but instead this is a post on just how damn pathetic the government response to this pandemic has been.

Pres. Trump has stated that the US got ahead of the virus and has had great success….

Great success?

1.1+ million cases…..65,000+ deaths……what part of that is a success?

Talk about propaganda and FAKE FUCKING NEWS!  (my apologizes for the language)

Donald the Orange is trying to end social distancing…..

President Trump is ready for the country to go back to the “way it was three months ago”—and that includes Trump rallies. The president said Wednesday that he is going to visit a facility making medical equipment in Arizona next week and hopes to go to Ohio “very soon,” NBC reports. Trump said he had been in the White House for “many months,” and while it is still too soon for big “stand-next-to-each-other crowds” at campaign rallies, “we’re going to start to move around and hopefully in the not-too-distant future, we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other.” Trump said the federal “30 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines will not be extended after they expire Thursday, reports the Guardian.

The guidelines will be “fading out because now the governors are doing it,” Trump said. Vice President Mike Pence said the guidelines are now part of federal guidance on when and how states can reopen. Trump’s medical advisers have called for a gradual reopening, but Trump said Wednesday that he wants it to happen as soon as possible. “If I watch Alabama play LSU, I don’t want to see 20,000 people instead of 120,000 people,” he said. Senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, said Wednesday that the “federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story,” the AP reports. He predicted that the country will be “really rocking again” by July.

Good boy Jared…lie for the slug of a father-in-law…..

July?

I thought is was April?

Just a reminder…..Donald has predicted up to 70,000 deaths…..

President Trump is projecting that coronavirus deaths in the United States could reach 70,000, higher than the 60,000 he has at times cited this month as the estimate of how many people would die from COVID-19. But he said original projections were much higher as he explained why voters should consider re-electing him in November, the AP reports. Trump was asked during a White House news conference on Monday whether an American president deserved to be re-elected after losing more Americans in six weeks than died in the Vietnam War. Approximately 58,000 US troops were killed during the Vietnam War; the number of dead in the US from COVID-19 has surpassed 56,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Trump said the nation has lost a lot of people. “But if you look at what original projections were—2.2 million—we’re probably heading to 60,000 to 70,000,” he said. “It’s far too many. One person is too many for this. And I think we’ve made a lot of really good decisions. The big decision was closing the border or doing the ban, people coming in from China.” Trump was referring to a pandemic forecast from the Imperial College London that predicted 1.5 million to 2.2 million deaths in the United States in a worst-case scenario, without efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus through social distancing. Politico notes Trump’s 60,000 figure came from a different model, this one from the University of Washington.

We are closing in on Trump’s prediction…..will it miraculous go away when 70,000 is met?

Not to worry his response has been a “great success”…..

The only success that I see is that this pandemic has given more wealth to the wealthy……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

He Lives!

Believe it or not….there is news other than the pandemic and its stats….

The media has been reporting the possible death of North Korea’s Kim I admit I bit on the story as well…..https://lobotero.com/2020/04/27/nks-kim-is-he-is-or-is-he-aint/

…….but it appears that the tales of his death may be overstated….

According to the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul, South Korea, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in nearly three weeks.

Kim’s lengthy absence from the public view, coupled with rumors that his health was in “grave danger” following a heart procedure, had led some to speculate that he might be dead or dying — something that was difficult to confirm or deny due to North Korea’s infamously secretive and propagandized environment.

No details about the nature of Kim’s public appearance have yet been released.

(rawstory.com)

Another report of the sighting…

North Korean state media say leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in 20 days, during which speculation about his health flourished. The Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that he attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory in Suncheon, near the capital of Pyongyang, with senior officials who included his sister, Kim Yo Jong. Photos from the ceremony weren’t immediately released, the AP reports. Kim Jong Un had been last seen during a ruling party meeting on April 11 to discuss coronavirus prevention. Rumors about his health swirled after he missed the April 15 celebration of the birthday of his late grandfather and state founder, Kim Il Sung, the country’s most important holiday.

South Korea’s government had played down rumors and unconfirmed reports that Kim was in poor health following a medical procedure, saying it had detected no unusual activity in the North. The North Korean government reported Friday that Kim has been writing letters of praise to government departments and leaders, per Newsweek. One commented on the influence the propaganda department is having on the people of North Korea with its “powerful” work. It’s not unusual for members of the ruling family to vanish for long periods, an opinion piece in the Washington Post noted. During one official disappearance in 1986, eulogies began and funeral dirges were playing in the demilitarized zone when Kim’s grandfather resurfaced, putting a sudden stop to both.

DAMN!

I was hoping there was going to be some power struggle…..would have made great news.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Random Thought Saturday

Lots of news but most of it is around the pandemic….so IST will find something else to report on….

First, the businesses have been struggling because of the Pandemic and strip clubs are no different…..drive thru is the way to survive for so many businesses…..eateries, funeral homes, churches and now strip clubs………

A strip club in Oregon called Lucky Devil Lounge has created a “drive-thru” strip club experience to keep its business going during the pandemic, Oregon Live reports.

Customers slowly drive through a tent that contains four dancers and a DJ. The first 50 cars get a free roll of toilet paper.

“You pull in and you get one or two songs with the gogos, then we bring your food out to you and then you go on your way,” explained Lucky Devil Lounge owner Shon Boulden in a video report uploaded by The Oregonian.

https://futurism.com/strip-clubs-offering-drive-thru-during-pandemic

Then there are those bastards that are profiting from this pandemic…..lawmakers for instance…..

A new analysis of financial disclosure documents found that Republican and Democratic members of Congress made nearly 1,500 stock transactions worth up to $158 million between February and April as the coronavirus spread across the U.S., heightening suspicions that elected officials in charge of the federal response to the pandemic have opportunistically cashed in on it.

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a non-partisan watchdog group, uncovered at least 127 purchases or sales in securities by senators and at least 1,358 transactions by members of the House between February 2 and April 8.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/30/cashing-pandemic-documents-show-lawmakers-made-1500-stock-transactions-worth-158

Speaking of farts……

A robot gorilla has recorded gorillas singing and farting…..

Mountain gorillas have been caught on camera as they “sing” during their supper, a behavior that has never before been documented on video. Filmmakers captured the astonishing footage of the primate crooners with a little help from a very special camera: a robotic “spy” designed to look like a young gorilla.

The singing apes make their television debut on April 29 in the returning PBS series, “Nature: Spy in the Wild 2.” Like its predecessor, which first aired in 2017, the program documents remarkable up-close glimpses of elusive wildlife behavior, seen through the “eyes” of robots that are uncanny lookalikes of the creatures that they film

https://www.livescience.com/singing-gorillas-uganda-pbs.html

Okay that is a recording I would like to hear.

It has been announced that our dear president, Trump,  has plans for the Moon…..(same as those of the Obama admin)…..

President Trump issued an executive order last month allowing US companies to mine the moon, but—is this really possible? Sure enough, Popular Mechanics lays out enough of the science, current projects, and history of moon-mining enthusiasm to make it seem real. “We’ve just been moving in a circle for a long time,” says George Sowers, a space-mining researcher. The story goes back at least to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which allowed for off-world commercialization but not sovereignty; the Obama administration updated it in 2015 to let Americans own and sell anything gathered off the planet. The moon’s bounty includes an apparently healthy supply of oxygen and hydrogen, “the most efficient chemical propellants known,” says Sowers. “You have rocket fuel.”

That could turn the moon into an outpost for colonizing Mars, if miners harvest enough water from the lunar ice lurking in deep craters. But how to properly heat up that ice? Ideas range from mirrors to nuclear-powered thermal mining—and yes, there are small uranium reactors that could go to the moon—or, as a baby step, sifting the ice in shallow craters, which would extract fewer resources at lower cost. On the plus side, NASA is sending up small, exploratory rover missions to cull samples and map the moon’s water resources. But it’s not all rosy: The Guardian reported last year that some scientists are worried we’ll mine moons and planets before Earth enters a crisis phase in which it lacks needed resources. “Once you’ve exploited the solar system, there’s nowhere left to go,” says an astrophysicist.

NASA is stating that his plan is beginning to feel real….

NASA had good news for Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk but bad news for Boeing Thursday. Bezos’ Blue Origin company and Musk’s SpaceX have been selected, along with Alabama-based Dynetics, to develop spacecraft that can land people on the moon, the BBC reports. Under contracts totaling just under $1 billion, the companies will submit competing designs for moon landers. Boeing, which usually plays a key role in NASA spacecraft programs, also submitted a bid but was not selected, reports the Washington Post. NASA says its engineers will work with the companies on their designs; they should be able to choose by next February which lander will bring people to the moon for the first time since 1972.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tells the Post that the Artemis mission is “starting to feel very, very real” and he is confident that the agency can meet President Trump’s goal of bringing people to the moon by the close of 2024. The project was behind schedule and over budget even before the pandemic, but Bridenstine told reporters Thursday that he was confident Congress would approve funding despite the huge amounts being spent on coronavirus relief, the New York Times reports. “It’s important that this agency do this now, because our country and in fact the whole world has been shaken by this coronavirus pandemic,” he said. “And yet we need to give people hope. We need to give them something that they can look up to, dream about.”

You would think that the head of NASA would be aware of the treaty about the use of outer space….a treaty the US has signed…..

Then there is that doctored photo of the fools standing guard outside the state capital…..

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Be Well….Be Safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”