Saturday, August 8, 2020

Covid Chronicles Episode 4

As these are the times in the days of our lives another week of Covid Chronicles ends with new models, predictions and fuck ups.  And yes both red and blue and every color in between seem to prove how fucked up data that they endlessly quote to validate decision making, to testing, to actually knowing shit about Covid continues to confuse, misinform and frustrate all of America.  The Bible of the Country, The Times did a lengthy story about how and why this is the way it is and it is largely thanks to the Dr of the Lab of Frankenstein who simply is not grasping facts, reality (irony or oxymoron?) and communications.

But the week really began with the infamous Axios interview with the biggest Australian Journalist to come to America since Murdoch, only clearly liberal or at least seemingly one, Jonathan Swan, to put Crazy Dopy Grandpa like a shrimp on the barbie.  Well with 1,000 deaths a day, the CDG responds: "It is what it is."  And never have been truer words spoken. That and the infamous 1917 flu which apparently preceded the one in 1918, but killed fewer.

The current crop of modelers have decided that now is a good time to double down on the scare tactics and the University of Washington, the fav of the Bride of Frankenstein (now ostracized by her creator and spouse) and Bill Gates, who has decided climate change is a better topic, are moving away from the lab in some attempt to save themselves and fuck the rest of us. SHUT IT DOWN! SHUT IT DOWN! will be the new phrase shouted at the Republican Presidential cluster fuck.  Which again brings us to the only thing we Democrats care about, which Black women is Biden choosing?  Nothing says pandering and condescension more than simply picking a woman due to both gender and color.  Well its better than nothing and really what Vice President since LBJ has ever accomplished anything and that was due to a President being assassinated, so let's just hope Biden lives through the first term as he won't make a second one.  And then we can elect a woman of color or not but anyone other than an old white man.

And as aid to help small businesses and Americans flounders, thanks to Richard III, Mitch McConnell, (we are going Shakespearean now with Nancy as Henry Tudor) did little leaving the Dr. to go it alone and we all know how that works out.  Get those torches ready, Tiki for the racist crowd and just IPhones for the regular liberal folks.  And the virus keeps raging. But Americans are determined to catch it or defy it, so  they will head to bars, churches and send kids to schools to prove they are exceptional in every way.   And some get it and the CDC are using families as lab rats to figure this shit out. Science is a guessing game or in this case a game made as we go along, either/or neither/nor and this is one game that needs all ideas to the table and Igor to take a backseat for a change as he really lends nothing to the discussion other than shaking his head or face grimacing.  

My favorite is that kids, staff and teachers of schools, who are the unsuspecting lab rats, who have come to school pending a test result but shoved out the door with a cut lunch and a prayer or the kid who is sure they have done it all right but still contracted it try to figure out what this is and why they are forced to do this. Well the adults in the room are fucking morons, and yes Volleyball practice in a  poorly ventilated gym with no masks and confined for over an hour means the potential for contracting it rises, so kid you need to study some science while in lockdown.

As the virus rages on, the witches stir the pot and see trouble ahead.
Possible Coronavirus 'Trouble Ahead,' U.S. Cities Warned, Ohio Governor Tests Positive

By Reuters
Aug. 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — White House health experts warned that even small rises in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in some U.S. cities could mean trouble and urged local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge.

"This is a predictor of trouble ahead," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases official, told CNN on Thursday.

The U.S. death toll is now over 159,000 - the most in the world - with 4.8 million known cases.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday became the latest senior elected official to test positive. He said did not have symptoms and was tested ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

Fauci was speaking after White House coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, identified new areas of concern in a telephone call with state and local officials on Wednesday.

Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a "very high level," as well as Kansas City, Portland, Omaha and the Central Valley in California, Birx said on the call, a recording of which was obtained by the journalism nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.

White House data shows small increases in the percentage of positive coronavirus tests in Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Washington. Those cities need to "get on top of it," Birx said.

Even where most people are doing things right, Fauci said, those who do not wear masks or follow social distancing guidelines can keep the virus smoldering.

"Unless everybody pulls together ... we're going to continue to see these kind of increases that Dr. Birx was talking about in several of those cities," he said, noting that rising hospitalizations and deaths often follow such increases.

Tennessee and North Carolina reported record single-day increases in deaths on Thursday with 42 and 73, respectively.

The U.S. outbreak, once centered around highly populated New York City, has since spread to communities from coast to coast, driven in part by summer vacation travel.

On the positive side, medical professionals have a better understanding of what they are dealing with, said Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

"We don't know all of it, but it's not the fear of the unknown anymore," she told Reuters.


Birx has been traveling around the country, warning local and state officials not to let their guard down, a message often at odds with that of Trump, who on Wednesday said the virus "will go away like things go away."

Trump has urged state and local authorities to re-open public schools for in-person learning to help get Americans back to work and spending again. A strong economy is one of the pillars of Trump's campaign for re-election on Nov. 3.

In rural Mississippi's Corinth school district, where schools opened two weeks ago, five confirmed COVID-19 cases forced some students and teachers into quarantine, Superintendent Edward Lee Childress said on Facebook Live, without specifying how many.

The decision to reopen schools took into account the "inevitable moment" that COVID-19 would be detected and contact tracing plans triggered, he said.

"We're going to have some more positive cases. We know it will happen," Childress said.

Although the number of Americans seeking jobless benefits fell last week, a staggering 31.3 million people were receiving unemployment checks in mid-July. Other data on Thursday showed a 54% surge in job cuts announced by employers in July.

The State Department on Thursday lifted an advisory from March that U.S. citizens should avoid all international travel due to the pandemic. But American travelers are still restricted or banned in many parts of the world, including in the European Union.

Okay then of course American exceptionalism was found out to be another myth to be added to the ever increasing heap of bullshit shoveled to us in schools, remember those, that also taught history with a  white supremacist bent.    And it is why the loathed Electoral College exists. Another balm and pacifier to the South and their racist history.  It is a farce and needs to be dumped.  Hand me a torch, we need to vote.  The dog whistle is out and is summoning the monster and the mythical violence and suburbs that good white people are being invaded by aliens aka Mexicans and free Blacks who want your home, your jobs and your children. Well I mean you are there and what else is there to do right now?

Well you could fill in your census, if convenient. As this gentleman informed the Times regarding the subject:
Roger Alexander, 32, a resident of Marietta, Ga., was in downtown Lithonia on Tuesday finishing up work on a hip-hop-themed video encouraging people to register and vote. Mr. Alexander said he had heard that the decennial count was being taken: “I feel like I’ve seen something about the census trying to get it together,” he said.Mr. Alexander had not filled out a form yet but said that he would eventually do so — “if it is something convenient for me to do.”
Mr. Alexander is not alone in his suspicion, ignorance and of course conspiracy theories that center around everything from Covid to the Census, but without that data, which again we have had shoved down our throat like a Covid test up our nose, is critical in funding our cities and states. Those crappy schools and public health and housing that is currently dilapidated beyond repair will get worse.  So while it seems inconvenient to register to vote and fill a form in that is even shorter than the Voter's registration, is that much of a challenge then have at it.  And don't scream racist tropes or march in the street demanding action when you actually refuse to be a part of America when it doesn't suit you.

 Ah Macbeth has come to the stage and cried:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

End Scene. Another week and another tale of the Covid Chronicles. 

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