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July 1, 2020

Testing Czar Says Surge Is Becoming Overwhelming

Filed under: Criminal, Death, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 18:33

Testing Czar Says Surge Is Becoming Overwhelming

We are so fucked.   Hugs

Politico reports:

Brett Giroir, the coronavirus testing czar, said Wednesday that the United States’ coronavirus testing capacity is at risk of being overwhelmed in some states by a surge in new infections and increased surveillance efforts in nursing homes and jails.

“It is absolutely correct that some labs across the country are reaching or near capacity,” Giroir said. “Recent data from several states indicate rising infections and now an uptick in hospitalizations and death, even as other states and the great majority of counties are maintaining a low infection burden.”

June 16, 2020

The Disgrace of Donald Trump

The political calculation behind Trump’s latest reality-TV display had historical overtones, dating back to the white-backlash “law and order” demagogy that helped elect Richard Nixon in 1968. In the Rose Garden, Trump proclaimed, “I am your president of law and order,” at the very minute that police cleared the way for his arrival in Lafayette Square by attacking law-abiding demonstrators with tear gas and sting-ball grenades. Having appropriated Nixon’s tag line, Trump then tried to one-up him with his Bible-toting God-and-country theatrics. Politics receded back into pathology.

Trump badly misjudged the moment. Nixon proclaimed “law and order” in 1968 to challenge the beleaguered incumbent administration of Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey, and he was able to sustain himself in office as the law-and-order president until his own lawlessness in the Watergate scandal brought him down. Nixon also encased his rougher rhetoric in appeals to national unity, promising to end the divisions under his responsible leadership, distinguishing himself from the arch-segregationist third-party candidate, former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace. Trump, however, is himself the beleaguered incumbent president, trying, with spectacular viciousness, to distract the public from the colossal catastrophes of his own making. And Trump dispenses with themes of unity, content to intensify social hatreds for his own political benefit, and winds up sounding less like Nixon and more like Wallace.

The situation gradually deteriorated. On July 28th, Hoover ordered the encampments removed. Violent skirmishes broke out when police attempted to evict protesters from federal buildings slated for demolition. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the Army chief of staff, convinced that the protests had become a Communist uprising, assembled a massive show of force. Supported by cavalry, tanks, and tear gas, MacArthur’s troops overwhelmed the protesters and torched the shantytown, “amidst scenes reminiscent of the mopping up of a town in the World War,” The New York Times reported. In the day’s melee, two Army veterans were shot and killed, and the infant child of another vet reportedly died from the effects of the tear gas.

Hoover, although dismayed, raised no objection, and in time came to echo the storyline about Communist subversion. Meanwhile, in upstate New York, Roosevelt greeted reports of the bedlam by remarking to his adviser and future Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, “Well, Felix, this elects me.”

Donald Trump bears little resemblance to the learned, self-made President Herbert Hoover. Honored as the Great Engineer, Hoover was best known prior to his presidency for his humanitarian work, first in support of starving Europeans and Russians during and after World War I, and later, as secretary of commerce under presidents Harding and Coolidge. A reformer of sorts, Hoover’s downfall was his unwavering devotion to policies rooted in the old Republican dogmas of rugged individualism and limited government that sputtered in the face of the Great Depression.

Still, there are remarkable similarities between 1932 and 2020. Like the Hoover White House, the Trump administration showed scant sympathy for the protesters’ grievances. Like the Hoover White House, the Trump administration raised the specter of dangerous radicals — the president named “professional anarchists” and Antifa as instigators of the violence. Above all, in a tense election year, unfolding amid unprecedented social and economic dislocation, Trump, like Hoover, chose to deal with his adversaries with resistance and then repression, dramatized by a display of disproportionate force.

From that point forward, a radicalizing dynamic overtook Republican national politics. Constituencies that the traditional GOP had tried to absorb to build its post-1960s majority — conservative white Southerners, including, more broadly, white evangelical Christians — became the party’s heart and soul. Establishment Republican leaders vying for the presidency — Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney — had to appease an ever-hardening right-wing base, centered in what has become the solidly Republican white South. When those leaders lost — as they did twice to Bill Clinton and twice to Barack Obama — the base despaired of anything resembling conventional conservative politics. The one GOP victor, George W. Bush, did win over the party base, thanks in part to his Svengali, Karl Rove, and in part to the patriotic surge that followed the attacks of 9/11. But Bush disastrously invaded Iraq, and he ended his presidency with the start of the Great Recession and the birth of the radical Tea Party, which went on to hound President Obama at every turn.

By 2016, after eight years of Obama, the Republican Party amounted to an assembly of distinct political interests, each claiming a sliver of the Reaganite legacy. And down the escalator of Trump Tower rode Donald Trump, who for all of his obvious vices was cunning enough to comprehend how the most active Republican voters had come to despise normal politicians who called themselves conservatives. Better than anyone, the many-times-bankrupt New York real-estate tycoon and outsider showman knew how to exploit that alienation, not by tempering the party’s base but inflaming it, with appeals that not only sounded racist and violent, but actually were racist and violent — not to mention misogynist, nativist, and anti-Semitic. After more than 50 years of Republicans soothing the ego of their right-wing white base with code words and dog whistles, Trump unleashed its id — an easy enough task, as it was his id as well.

After three years of unrelieved chaos, in which disregard for the rule of law finally led to his impeachment after an attempt to coerce a foreign power into a political dirt-for-cash deal, Trump’s incompetence as well as his meanness has brought the nation to the worst crisis in its history since the Civil War — a disastrous trifecta of killer contagion, economic collapse, and threats of unleashing martial law or worse on the citizenry, with intimations of race war. Trump’s popularity was sagging at least as badly as Herbert Hoover’s in the summer of 1932 — and that was before Trump’s disastrous moment in Lafayette Square.

There is more information at the link above.  This is a great read for anyone who loves history and wants to understand why things have played out as they have and what it may mean for the future.  I used a lot of clips, but if you want the context of those clips, I really suggest taking a few minutes to read the article.    Hugs

June 12, 2020

Scoop: John Bolton to argue Trump misconduct

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, History, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 10:10

https://www.axios.com/john-bolton-book-trump-misconduct-794e8e01-18a3-44ae-ae35-1ee2c4fddad4.html?utm_campaign=organic&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

A screenshot from the forthcoming John Bolton book about this time in the Trump White House
Back cover: Simon & Schuster. Graphic: Axios

John Bolton taunts President Trump, his former boss, on the back cover of his forthcoming book: “Game on.”

  • In a memoir coming June 23 that the White House has tried to delay, former national security adviser Bolton will offer multiple revelations about Trump’s conduct in office, with direct quotes by the president and senior officials, according to a source familiar with the book.

Why it matters: Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, is a lifelong conservative and longtime Fox News contributor who is well-known by the Trump base, the source pointed out.

  • In “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” Bolton will go beyond Ukraine, and argue there was “Trump misconduct with other countries,” the source said.
  • Axios agreed to grant anonymity to the source in order to give readers a window into the book ahead of publication.

Behind the scenes: People close to Trump have been worried about the book because Bolton was known as the most prolific note taker in high-level meetings, Jonathan Swan reports.

  • Bolton would sit there, filling yellow legal pad after yellow legal pad with notes.
  • In short: Bolton saw a lot, and he wrote it down in real time. And when he left, the White House never got those notes back.

I so look forward to reading the book and seeing the clips.     Hugs

June 9, 2020

Vote Blue, we need to save the country

Filed under: Cartoons, Memes, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:39

May 31, 2020

Trump is a Dangerously Ignorant Liar

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Drugs, Education, Health, Ideas, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Videos — Scottie @ 14:44

Trump’s Failure to Lead, 100K dead, and Police Violence

May 22, 2020

Trump, like all autocratic authoritarians, knows he cannot win an election if everybody gets to vote

Filed under: Ideas, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 12:00

I am not sure where this came from, I found it in a comment section.  Someone in the comments claimed it came from http://www.stonekettle.com/ but the poster did not acknowledge it.   I thought it good enought o post and if it is from http://www.stonekettle.com/, thank you sir, you wrote a damn good editorial.    Hugs

From Jim Wright
May 20 at 3:06 PM ·

Trump, like all autocratic authoritarians, knows he cannot win an election if everybody gets to vote.
Republicans know very well that their ideology of hate and fear is in the minority in America. Men like Mitch McConnell do not appeal to the majority, and they know it. They know they cannot win, if everybody gets to vote, if the playing field is level, if they have to run on who they actually are.
They know it in their bones.
They crave power, but the idea of changing, of becoming the sort of person, the sort of leader, who appeals to a broader range of Americans, becoming someone who leads by example from a position of compassion and understanding and wisdom, is utterly repulsive to them. Because giving up their violent warmongering xenophobia, their violent selfish religion, their violent racism, their violent gibbering fear of the other, is unimaginable.
They simply cannot imagine any road to power that does not involve the violence of hate and fear.
The Republican Party who follows Trump is not the Grand Old Party of Yore. These are not the Republicans who elected Abraham Lincoln or Dwight Eisenhower — or even Ronald Reagan. These Republicans do not believe in democracy unless the vote is restricted to only themselves.
Quod erat Demonstrandum.
I mean, at least Lee Atwater eventually admitted to himself that he was a racist and a bigot and that the platforms he built for Reagan and Bush were based on hate and fear. But unlike the “compassionate” conservatives (heh) of Reagan’s Day, those who follow Trump don’t even have that much self-awareness, let alone shame.
They’re not even trying to hide it. Trump is saying it out loud, either you vote for me, and you elect those who support me, and you keep my enemies away from the ballot box, or else.
Or else.
It’s right there. Right out in the open. He’s not even trying to hide it and his cronies aren’t even trying to soften the fascism or explain it away.
You vote for us or else you don’t get to vote.
Republicans in the era of Trump do not believe in democracy.
Republicans do not believe in The Republic.
Every single Republican in office right now, today, this very moment, demonstrates this over and over.
They represent fanatical ideology.
They represent themselves.
They represent greed and power and selfishness.
Not their constituents, not the citizens, not America.
And you don’t have to go far to see explicit examples. I live in Florida District #1. My Congressman is Matt Gaetz, who hired armed bikers to keep his own constituents out of his town hall. Because he didn’t not want to face them. Because he doesn’t think he *has* to face them. Because he doesn’t represent them, the people of his own district. He represents only those who cheer him, and the money and power which keeps him in office.
No different than Donald Trump.
Mitch McConnell engages in open hypocrisy. McConnell would not allow the Senate to consider Obama’s SCOTUS pick during the last year of Obama’s term, but has openly stated that he will do so for Trump — because that’s different. And when pressed on the difference, McConnell smiled and said because the President is a Republican.
They’re not trying to hide it.
All you have to do is watch how Trump treats people of color or female reporters at his daily press conferences. He doesn’t see them as Citizens, as people, as anyone that he represents. All you have to do is look at Trump’s daily Twitter tirades. He attacks Americans with impunity. He attacks Americans and gives a pass to thugs and dictators and America’s enemies.
Trump knows how it looks. He knows you hate him for it. He doesn’t care. He thinks it’s funny. Owning the libs.
Republicans don’t care. They’re not trying to stop him, or change his behavior, they ENCOURAGE it. They think it’s funny. Trolling Americans they hate and fear.
They’re not trying to hide it, or temper it, or rationalize it.
Why? Because they do NOT care if you and I despise them.
They have power and they intend to hold onto it and never suffer the consequences for their betrayal of the Republic.
They have demonstrated that they will do whatever it takes to keep you from the ballot box. Here’s the president himself, OPENLY threatening extortion on the states if they allow you to vote.
What do you do about it?
Your duty, Citizen.
If your vote didn’t matter, then these dirty rotten greedy selfish motherfuckers wouldn’t be working so hard to take it away from you.
If it didn’t matter, then Trump wouldn’t be so damn terrified of you.
And he IS terrified. Yes, he is.
They all are.
If they won’t let you vote by mail, then you show up in person. Whatever it takes. You crawl over broken glass on your hands and knees if need be. Stomp a hole through the middle of them if need be and claim your place at the ballot box.
And you throw these bastards out of office. You take back your town. You take back your state. You take back your country. You take back the future and you resign these fascist sons of bitches to the trash heap of history.
You want a better nation, be better citizens.

May 17, 2020

It’s amazing how much this young person infuriates grown men.

April 23, 2020

A conversation I think it important

Filed under: Economics, Family, Greed, Health, History, Ideas, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 16:04

I have been having a discussion with Dylan.   A week ago he sent me a reply and I think the conversation is important enough to have a post of its own.  I hope others will join in.  Hugs

Hello Scottie,

It seems everything we disagree about, at least economically, deals with your hatred for the American capitalist system, at least that is the base of most of your arguments. You noted at the end of your second paragraph, “If so as a system, it sucks.” I certainly don’t perceive that the capitalist system “sucks”, It is a societal component that has contributed much to making the west great. It certainly has garnered more evidence over the years concerning it’s effectiveness in generating and promoting wealth than any other economic practices.

You use the “demonization” argument quite often, in your latest reply, it goes something like ; “SO you would agree to let people die who could be saved because a wealthy person have the ability to outbid a town or hospital for needed testing???” Now just imagine if we applied this type of reasoning to every possible scenario. You start the argument by recognizing an actual scenario in which inequality can be perceived, then you locate someone (this would be me “Dylan” in your argument) who doesn’t think that that scenario is a situation of inequality, then you demonize that person (me) as being something akin to “evil” itself because they don’t recognize the scenario as being one of inequality. Progressives and people on the political left do this a lot. I will give you an example, for instance they talk about our healthcare system like this, “oh you don’t like Medicare-for-all? Well that’s just because you don’t care about all those people that die from lack of good healthcare with the current system!” Here’s another one, “Oh, your not Pro-choice? Well that’s just because your a misogynistic man who doesn’t want women to be able to do what they want with their own bodies!” Are you familiar with this type of argument Scottie? It’s very popular on the political left, and I’m beginning to loathe discussing political topics within this popular “demonization arguments” framework. It makes actual “reasoning” difficult to get to.

So here is my opinion on this particular story concerning this private Island in Florida, whose opulent inhabitants purchased expensive Covid-19 tests for themselves and their staff.

I don’t have a problem with it. Yes it is unfortunate that we don’t have a lot of testing right now, but what would you suggest doing about it? These people in Florida have the money to purchase tests, other people don’t, and maybe that’s not “FAIR”, but what else can be done without invading their rights? My main goal Scottie, is to advocate the preservation of our glorious capitalist system. I admit, many institutions have been corrupted by greed and power, and that has had a significant effect on the overall financial prosperity of this country, but it doesn’t mean we need tear it all down and start from ground zero again. This is what the revolutionary left is suggesting we need to do, tear down the capitalist system, and replace it with something similar to a social democracy of some sort. But they are extremely vague and unclear in explaining what force or method will drive this new society.

That’s all for today Scottie,

-health and prayers

Dylan,


 

Hello Dylan. I didn’t realize so many so days had gone by since you wrote this. The reason I wanted to take some time was I needed to go back over the stuff I have written to you to see how I could have been so unclear that you would have such an incorrect impression of my views. I try very hard to be clear and factual in my replies. I have repeatedly told you that uncontrolled capitalism eventually destroys itself, which is clear in history, while controlled capitalism creates socialites that work for everyone. I have told you I am a Social Democrat and I gave you the definition of that and also examples of what countries that applies to. All those countries have a capitalist system. I told you the US was a Social Democracy with controls on capitalism, it is just the restraints have been eroded and torn down. I have used facts and figures to show how better it was in this country for everyone, for the economy, when capitalism was restrained. People still got wealthy, very wealthy, it was just more people did so, not just a few. I have shown how these other countries using controlled capitalism are able to do so much more for everyone than the US. I hope I had shown you that from the 1950’s to the 1980’s were some of the best economic times for this country, and that since then the hard push to drive all the wealthy to the top few has destroyed much of the promise and gains the country made.

So I was really concerned that you could have gotten such a wrong impression. To some it wouldn’t matter but it does to me. Then I realized that the tactic to claim that someone who has a different idea, that doesn’t support the far right ideals is hating the country or hating the thing the far right supports, is something a lot of the far right opinion hosts and media creators use. People like Ben Shapiro use it all the time. It is a cheap and easy way to push someones buttons. You want to change something so you must hate it. You then hate the country. It was used after 911 to justify a first strike war against a country that did not attack us, voiding a long standing policy our country had of never striking first. It was a disaster but any talk to temper those angry fires was accused of hatting the US and loving the terrorist. It is a dishonest tactic used when a persons arguments are weak. Someone who loves a country doesn’t turn a blind eye to its problems and its mistakes, they try their best to fix them.

So if you think I hate capitalism you are misinformed and may want to go back and read what I have written. Yes I said ” If so as a system, it sucks.” But lets see what I was saying sucks.

 How much value for human life does it take to realize that you do not let people who are not at risk, not threatened by the disease, plus not showing symptoms take a rare resource such as these covid-19 tests over people who need them because they show symptoms and need to know if they have it to go back to work saving lives? Really do you want the savings of lives to stop because some wealthy person is worried the maid who should be staying home but her employer is insist she come in so they don’t have to make their own bed, will have something that they don’t want to infect them. Is this the position you are fighting for? Is this the best unrestrained capitalism can do?

What system was I saying sucked? I was talking human life and letting it be lost due to selfishness supported by greed. I was talking about people not caring about the many who will die, the many sacrificing to save so many, the families of these people, all so they could get their domestic help and comforts back. Yes Dylan to me that sucks big time.

 I certainly don’t perceive that the capitalist system “sucks”, It is a societal component that has contributed much to making the west great. It certainly has garnered more evidence over the years concerning it’s effectiveness in generating and promoting wealth than any other economic practices.

Yes Dylan but as I have shown it has been controlled capitalism that has done that. The more uncontrolled, the more banana republic a country gets, the more it destroys a country and the economy. By the way it is not just the west that has capitalistic systems, China was until recently surpassing the rest of the world in controlled capitalist growth. You should look up the silk road and it will worry the pants off you. China seen the decline in the US participation and engagement of the countries of the world and rushed in to fill the void. Now they listen to China much more than the US.

Dylan. I do set up examples and comparisons to show different modes of actions and response. In these examples there are inherent values assigned. What action or choice you choose, what system you prefer does show what you value. Where your value system places you on a spectrum, a graph. If you’re views, beliefs, actions, your value placement on the graph makes you think you are evil, I suggest changing your views. You talk of liberals setting up situations that demonize you then you should be able to give a reasonable rebuttable to why that is not true. If you can not so convincingly, then check out your value system and compare it to your beliefs.

You talk of reasoning but being unable to convince others you are correct doesn’t make them demonizing you, it means you have not proven your case. In some cases it means they have not proven theirs or are unwilling to listen. You claim this is a liberal problem but it is really one on all sides and parties. I have had many discussions with very unreasonable people on the right, Christians, pro forced birth, anti-vaxers, and other things where no matter what was presented they stuck to debunked incorrect ideas or denied facts. Out right denying reality and science was more important to them than trying to really think on why they held their views. If someone says 2+2=5 and you show them in every way possible it doesn’t and they wont accept it, are you demonizing them?

Is there a moral responsibility to help others? It is legal in many states to not render aid, assistance , or summon help. And it stunned me to learn how many people simply don’t care about other humans suffering. Using the argument that it is right to care about and help those others, doesn’t it follow that the government of the people for the people would use its authorities and abilities along with its monies to do so? I admit I think it should. It is us people caring for the rest of us. The way the country was to be, a country run by the people for the good of the people, not for the benefit of the super wealthy. Tell me what is morally correct about letting the majority, the 80% of a country suffer so the other 20% have it OK and the top 1% live lives of unbelievable luxury?

Lastly Dylan. You talk of the glorious capitalist system with out any history or context to back it up. You’re 16 and have no experience living on your own nor the life experiences of anything not in the last 16 years. There was a time before Roger Ailes and Fox News. There was a time when Ben Shapiro and Charlie Kirk to name just a few were not paid by very wealthy people to shill for the right to be greedy. I remember those times. Liberal is not an insult and it means we care about people enough to do something to help them. I remember the systems in place when I was a young man and what I was able to do on the money then compared to the money today. When I tell you the system is broken it is because I lived when it was better.

Dylan please branch out from the far right opinion media and realize no one is talking tearing the system down and starting from some mythical point zero. Here you are doing the very demonizing you claim to hate. The idea is to tweak the system to take it back to when it worked for everyone, not just a few. It has gotten skewed and out of wack and needs to be adjusted. Again that is simply a fact of history. There is nothing vague, the plans are well documented, the bills in congress are able to be read. It is this drive to make helping people seem unpatriotic, seem like it is destroying the great nation. It is silly and completely untrue. I have shown you the status and the way that Social Democracies all over the world have made things better for their people while still having many wealthy people. You talk of Social Democracy as if it was something foreign to the US, but I have already shown you the US is and always has been a one, just that it is now in badly needed repair. One example of the US Social Democracy is the interstate highway system, a crown jewel for the country for many years until it was underfunded to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Now bridges are unsafe, and roads crumbling. Is that making the country better?

Dylan thank you for your conversation. I appreciate your thoughts on the subjects we talk about and I thank you for including how you view things. I am going to both send this as a reply but also make a post of it as I think our conversation is important and may hopefully draw in other people and their ideas. Be well and talk with you soon.  Hugs

April 21, 2020

This guy makes a great point.

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, Greed, History, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:54
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There’s a saying that goes something like “generals always fight the last war”.

When I was a kid and the cold war was still going on, we were just adding our 7th naval carrier group. We’re up to 11 now. We have a total of 19 carriers while the rest of the world put together has 12 total. That’s just one example of us spending money in piles and piles to prepare ourselves for… fuck if I know, another cold war? A world war with us against the world? What does having 11 carrier groups do for us to defend the U.S. against the threats we deal with today? Or tomorrow?

At this point, they exist for three reasons… to tell Americans that the politicians are keeping them safe from all those scary non-Americans (mostly brown people). To bludgeon our way through “diplomacy” with other countries. And to keep afloat the defense industry.

Only there’s a lot better ways to spend money like that. Make education free. Provide a real safety net for Americans. Universal healthcare. Heck, throw it at NASA and get about a tenfold return in new industries from the scientific discoveries.

Our standard of living relative to other countries is declining because we spend a stupid amount of our GDP on our military. And the other countries that do spend as much or more of a percentage of their GDP on military are pretty much what we’d refer to as banana republics

April 20, 2020

Why is the White House so reluctant to ramp up testing?

Filed under: Fascism, Health, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:43

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/why-white-house-so-reluctant-ramp-testing-n1187691

All of which raises an awkward question: why, exactly, isn’t Trump making every possible effort to ramp up testing?

At first blush, his posture seems difficult to understand. The logical progression seems obvious: the nation needs vastly expanded testing to re-open society; Trump is desperate to re-open society; ergo, the president should be ready to move heaven and earth to dramatically expand testing.

But he isn’t. On the contrary, he’s doing largely the opposite, punting the issue to states. On Friday, Trump tweeted, “The States have to step up their TESTING!” Over the weekend, the president added that the federal government would stand “with” the states, but said governors “must be able to step up and get the job done.”

First, states simply lack the capacity and the infrastructure to do this on their own. If the United States is going to triple its virus testing, it will be up to the federal government to coordinate and facilitate the endeavor. Whether the president likes this or not, either the federal government will implement a national testing plan or it will not happen.

Second, the idea that the White House is prepared to stand “with” the states is itself dubious. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on the national “disarray” on testing and pointed to one anecdote in which a doctor reached out to Adm. Brett Giroir, the administration’s testing coordinator, who’d inquired about supplies on behalf of a commercial laboratory. “There is zero probability we can help on plates,” Giroir told the doctor, referring to the disposable plastic trays used in the testing process.

And finally, I suspect Trump’s seemingly bizarre posture is driven by his unshakable commitment to blame-avoidance. Not to put too fine a point on this, but the more the White House is actively involved in ramping up testing, the more the president will take on greater responsibility for the federal response to the pandemic.

In theory, Trump could ramp up testing, help clear the way for gradual economic expansion, and take credit for the progress, but he doesn’t seem willing to take the risk. Remember, the Washington Post reported two weeks ago that White House officials made “a deliberate political calculation that it will better serve Trump’s interest to put the onus on governors — rather than the federal government — to figure out how to move ahead.” The Post added that the president’s team has prioritized “trying to shield the president from political accountability.”

It’s an inexcusable posture, but it explains quite a bit.

April 19, 2020

These Christian Moms Are Complaining About Gay Duck Dads in DuckTales

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Hate, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, opinion, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 11:10

And here on full display is Christian bigotry.  Something that makes no difference, is no big deal, most kids won’t even notice, is not central to the story, and something that most of us wouldn’t even know about until they make it a big deal with the fake pious outrage.   Where is that same outrage about kids in cages at the southern border?  Where is that outrage at all the other social ills?  No it is their personal hate for LGBTQ that is so very important.  Hugs

These Christian Moms Are Complaining About Gay Duck Dads in DuckTales

The three (?) moms at One Million Moms (Twitter count: 4,785) are outraged over the existence of gay dads in a recent episode of children’s cartoon “DuckTales.”

 

Leave it to Christians to get outraged over fictional gay ducks.

The show’s co-Executive Producer Frank Angones said online earlier this month that the characters “do not play a huge role in the story thus far,” even if he would like to do more with LGBTQ representation. Which means the Christian Moms are angry about ancillary characters who barely factor into the episode.

Unless we ever see a DuckTales Cinematic Universe, the existence of these dads is really the most anyone will ever see.

 

Conservative Christians love to pretend they oppose gay actions, not gay people. That’s a lie. That’s always been a lie. These Moms are blowing a collective gasket over a cartoon that merely shows the existence of gay parents without further commentary.

As we wrote when the same Moms got mad about lesbian characters on a different cartoon, simply acknowledging a same-sex couple isn’t “pushing an agenda” any more than featuring a straight one. If you’re looking for something that violates God’s intended design, maybe get mad that the show is all about a bunch of talking ducks.

More at the link above.   Hugs

Without Evidence, Trump Says Muslims Get Special Treatment During COVID Lockdown

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Hate, Health, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 10:37

Bigotry and racial hatred is one of the things his base lives for.   Republicans thrive on anger, rage, and hate.  There is no truth to this yet the highest elected official in our country is pushing it, the question is why?   To change the subject from his own failures as president, as the leader of a country during a pandemic?  The fact that this self claimed wartime president is AWOL.   Hugs

Without Evidence, Trump Says Muslims Get Special Treatment During COVID Lockdown

During his propaganda commercial today, Donald Trump threw a bone at his gullible white evangelical base when he pretended that Christians were being persecuted during the pandemic while Muslims were given all the freedom in the world.

He went on to say, “The Christian faith is treated much differently than it was, and I think it’s treated very unfairly.”

That’s a lie. Just like there’s no “disparity” between churches and mosques under the law. Trump sure as hell didn’t offer any evidence of it.

Trump also neglected to mention that Muslims in the U.S. aren’t as selfish or ignorant as his base of white Christians, so there’s been no need to stop Muslims from gathering. They’re doing it on their own! They’re not staging some rebellion by meeting in person, and no imam is seriously encouraging them to do so. It’s a handful of Christians who insist on putting their congregations’ lives at risk, not Muslims.

It’s just another example of Trump spreading a lie — that Muslims get special treatment — in order to win affection from the most hardcore, ignorant, and racist Republicans in the country. All while Trump himself has routinely oppressed Muslims by calling for a ban on them entering the country if they live in certain countries, suggesting mosques be subject to government surveillance, and insinuating there was something wrong with the previous president by falsely labeling him a Muslim.

More at the link above.  Hugs

April 14, 2020

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Greed, History, Ideas, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 16:00

April 13, 2020

The Christian Right Is Very Angry That Pornhub is Offering Free Premium Content

Filed under: Health, opinion, Religion, Sex — Scottie @ 07:56

I do not get these religious creeps who are obsessed with telling consenting adults what they can or can not do with their body parts.   It is not any of their business!  In fact the idea they want to insert themselves verbally or mentally in others sex acts seems a rather strange kink to me.   The very idea seems to imply they are adults and everyone else is a child needing to be told what to do.   Sick.   Hugs

The Christian Right Is Very Angry That Pornhub is Offering Free Premium Content

Beyond just a marketing stunt, hoping to convert those free users to subscribers down the road, the site did more than just offer free high-quality adult content:

… For the month of April, Pornhub will offer [adult performers] 100 percent of their video sales after a processing fee of 15 percent. Their total payout on both Pornhub and the clip site Modelhub will be 85 percent.

Additionally, Pornhub is donating $25,000 to the Sex Workers Outreach Project, contributing directly to relief funds for those impacted by COVID-19.

They’re also donating surgical masks and cash to first responders and hospitals.

Not a bad donation at all.

But naturally, the Christian Right is upset about all this because adults making their own decisions goes against everything they stand for.

Wednesday’s episode of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” featured the host complaining about all the free content — because, I guess, before now, there was nowhere on the internet where anyone could find free porn…

There is more at the link above.  Hugs

April 2, 2020

JARED KUSHNER TOLD WHITE HOUSE MEETING ANDREW CUOMO WAS BEING ALARMIST: ‘NEW YORK DOESN’T NEED ALL THE VENTILATORS’

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Family, Fascism, Health, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:54

In doing so, Vanity Fair reported, Kushner was effectively running a shadow coronavirus task force team in the White House that was more powerful than the official one headed by Vice President Mike Pence.

This was partly due to the vacuum left by the departure of the former acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney whose replacement, Mark Meadows, has only just joined. But Kushner was said to be angered by the criticism of Trump, and when he got involved, reportedly told people, “I know how to make this government run now.”

Kushner is also said to have urged Trump to challenge Cuomo’s appeal for 30,000 ventilators for New York, which he believed was alarmist. Vanity Fair reported that he told a White House meeting, “I have all this data about ICU capacity. I’m doing my own projections, and I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.”

On March 26, Trump told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity that he did not believe New York needed the number of ventilators Cuomo was calling for.

March 31, 2020

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives coronavirus update

Filed under: Economics, Health, Ideas, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 16:19

March 25, 2020

I am going out of my mind

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, opinion, Science — Scottie @ 19:04

 

Personally my fall has made my pain situation much worse.  I am very much disrupted by this.  I told Dennis the other day my pain was under control.  I was wrong.   Yes I have had times of more pain due to one thing or another but this is greatly different.  I can barely walk with a lot of pain. I have to keep getting up when sitting due to the pain far more frequently than the past.   I won’t bore anyone with my issues, but yesterday I took the entire day off due to pain.  I had barely started reading things when I had to go lay down again.   Laying down helps until it causes intense pain it self.  A vicious circle.  Today I have not been able to eat due to pain and trust me that will play heck with me as I am a diabetic.   I will wait until Friday and if It doesn’t seem better I will call my pain doctor for an emergency appointment.  The X-Ray showed more of the expected damage but not anything drastically from before.  The normal amount of arthritis and other bone problems I have.   Which led the person who called me with the results to offer I had probably done more damage to my back, my spine in the fall to account for the pain and limitations.  I have promised to post the results when I got them and I will.  Maybe one of you will understand it, I sure don’t.   I am going back to reading the news on my open tabs, be well, be safe, be happy.  Stay alive.   Hugs

 

Covid-19 is serious

Filed under: Economics, Family, Health, My Life and Rants, News, opinion, People I like, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 12:04

Hello everyone, you wonderful grand people.    I care about all of you ( yes a human caring for other humans, what is wrong with me as it doesn’t seem normal these days ) and I want you to be safe.   

I have the advantage and the serious risk of having a spouse in healthcare, in an  ICU.  I use to work in a surgical ICU myself.   The N95 disposable masks which I am sure everyone knows there is a shortage of but I don’t think everyone understands what that means.   Let me explain.  These masks used to be a normal unit stock item, kept in large amounts on the floor like other PPE such as paper gowns and gloves.   Because of the shortage now every floor person who needs to go into a room where these are required must go individually to the CSR ( the central supply room ) and sign out one mask to be used all day.   They must do this personally, no one can do it for them.   They must have a need for the mask.  

Seems like a way to make sure there is no waste of a much needed item in very low supply, right?   Wrong.   Everyone has seen TV medical shows where a “code blue” is called.    TV surprisingly gets some things correct and some are just for drama.   Here is what happens when a PT needs emergency lifesaving care like if they stop breathing, their heart stops, something like that and it is dramatic, scary , and serious.    I know I have been in many of them.   Someone on the floor will see what is happening due to the many monitors and in person observation of the PT and yell “call the code” or “call a code” or “call code blue”.   Whoever was closest to the desk would initiate the call which is done by picking up the phone and hitting the code that gives a priority call to the main system operators, when they pick up which is normally instantly you state the code ( blue ) room ####.   Then you repeated it.   The operator knows what hospital you called from and this is important as all the hospitals in the system are connected to the same system but have different ways of numbering their rooms.  The operators call the code over that hospitals PA system which activates a host of actions.  

On the ICU floors we sadly have lots of practice with this.  It is almost like a choreographed dance.   In our ICU’s we keep crash carts, fully loaded with emergency drugs and life support equipment including the necessary respiratory tools and a defibrillator for shocking the heart.   Forget the drama showing paddles with someone yelling charge and then clear while slamming the paddles down on the body.   The ones used in real life have two pads, one goes under the PT the other on their chest, the unit is all electronic and starts recording the heart rate and will tell you what to do and when to use it.  but back to what happens in a code blue.   

The closest crash cart is raced to the room.  While that is happening floor staff are already starting life saving measures such as CPR and needed other preparations.   Any of the nurses on the floor that can rush to the room.  Respiratory people nearby in the hospital run to the room as do the doctors / ARNPs / PSCs assigned to the floor.   There is normally a lot of people in the room not just the assigned nurse and CNAs.  ICUs have different sizes and different rules, ours were 11 room units separated by specialty.   Each nurse had two patients only, the charge nurse normally only had one PT but in an emergency could take two.  There is normally a CNAA on the floor also who assists the nursing staff, but mostly ran the unit non-PT care such as monitoring / allowing access to the units, handling the phone, coordinating supplies, logging PTs into the computer systems among other tasks.     Normally that person would be the one to call the code and stays at the desk to coordinate things outside the room, but sometimes after calling the code the CNAA will be needed to help the nurses do CPR or other tasks to save the PT.  

Do you see the problem with each person needing to enter the room in an emergency to have to report to the CSR personally to get one mask to be kept all day?   Many of the staff now needed in the room wouldn’t have needed to be in the room otherwise, most were not directly assigned the PT.  Those people can not enter the room without a mask, it would expose themselves to the very disease killing the PT.   Remember how easily covid-19 is transmitted.  

The hospital my spouse works at has already had 3 PTs die from Covid-19.  They have moved PTs from an entire floor and  are setting it up for just Covid-19 PTs.  Here are the stats from the county in Florida I live in.  

https://www.winknews.com/2020/03/23/latest-coronavirus-update/ <blockquote>

Monday’s Coronavirus Updates: 11 new cases in Southwest Florida

As of 5:45 p.m. Monday, there are 1,227 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 1,147 Florida residents and 80 non-Florida residents. There are 18 deaths reported in Florida, with the latest reported Sunday in Palm Beach County.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

  • Total number of cases: 1,227 (up from 1,171)
  • Number of Florida residents: 1,147 (up from 1,096)
  • Number of non-Florida residents: 80 (up from 75)

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total number of cases: 73*

  • Lee County: 30 (up from 28)
  • Collier County: 39 (up from 34)
  • Charlotte County: 3 (up from 2)
  • DeSoto County: 1
  • Glades County: 0
  • Hendry County: 0

There have been 13,965 total tests administered in the state of Florida, with 1,227 positive tests. 11,637 tests have come back negative, and the remainder are pending, according to the FDOH website. </blockquote>

Also the hospital has stopped visiting hours for any PT not in danger of imminent death.   Any thing a family member wants to be given to the PT has strict procedures.  A member of the staff in connection with the care of the PT in question must meet the family member at the entrance to the hospital.  That staff member will accept the items and clean them before bringing them into the hospital.  

The more people tested the more cases there will be.   Country wide there is not enough supplies nor beds to even begin to help the many people with this virus.  This is not a joke or political game, this is a serious virus that is killing people.   Here is how easy it can be to infect a large number of PT.   Say a PT with an unknown case of Covid-19 is in the hospital.   Say a family member visits the PT or a staff member without protective gear on because the PT was admitted for other reasons than Covid-19 symptoms enters the room, then having been exposed but is unaware goes about their day, everyone they interact with, every surface they touch is possibly infected.   Remember the distance this can travel between people is at a minimum 6 feet just for talking or normal breathing, and it has been found living on surfaces weeks after deposited there.  

On last thing I want to mention.  I care about people, and I care even more for my viewers.  If possible get some gloves, no matter what kind.  Of course latex medical / surgical care gloves are the best, but I have even seen heavy gardening gloves used and keep them in the car.  Also disinfecting wipes and spray in the car.  Use them when getting gas for your car.  Think how many other people have used the pump handles.  I put on my latex gloves, spray the pump handle with disinfectant spray, fill the car then put the pump handle back.   Take the gloves off properly, there is a trick to do that where you are protected and it can be found online and on YouTube, then use the wipes to clean your hands before touching buttons or your steering wheel.  Seems like a lot of steps and maybe a bit over the top doesn’t it.  It is not.  This thing kills the young, the healthy, and those who have health issues as the military is reporting both cases and deaths from it.    If you have any breathing problem even occasional shortness of breath then this thing is even more deadly for you.  

Be well and safe, follow the medical professions guidance.  Ignore tRump as his interest is the stock market and his reelection, despite what he claims he is not a doctor nor does he have an advanced degrees in medicine.  He is talking hope and dreams, not well known science and facts.  Ignore opinion shows that pretend to be news who are either catering to the president or to religious people who hope their god is able to protect them, it has not so far.  I have posted just today about religious leaders calling for people to gather in groups for services, activites, in spite of recommendations just to prove how powerful their faith is.  Now many of those people have fallen ill and those they met are also exposed.  How selfish.    Also do not hoard supplies.   It is not needed and causing problem.   There are plenty of goods and supplies in the US and coming to stores.   Trucks are arriving many times a day.   But if you take more of an item than you can use in a few days you are creating a supply problem our current grocery system is not prepared to handle.  Stores order just what they need at that time depending instead on frequent deliveries.   Besides what are you going to do with a pickup truck bed full of toilet paper?  It is illegal to price gouge in an emergency which this now is.  If you have piled up supplies for six months in your home you will be tripping over them for the next six months while the stores are still stocking them. 

Best wishes, hugs, and love to all.  Scottie

 

 

March 20, 2020

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