There are millions of injustices in this country every day ... from petty slights to malignant miscarriages. They might never all be rectified ... the black fireman whose brand new bar was recently torched by rioters in Minneapolis ... or the particularly egregious injustice that was General Michael Flynn’s hell. But he is finally, after three years, being remedied. Thus, there is some hope after all. Now let’s work to see that that black bar owner is also made whole ... see: GoFundMe.
I’m guessing that the riots now in many major US cities have evolved and no longer have everything to do with George Floyd’s murder ... OK, a little bit, at least symbolically ... but these are also uprisings spawned by anger over the virus lockdowns, our huge levels of unemployment, Bernie Sanders not getting the Democrat nomination, the Left realizing that they have a loser in Joe Biden, President Trump once again escaping the Deep State and the media’s drumbeat attempts to take him down ... and a venomous vitriol in the far-left (ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter, etc.) for the US and our institutions.
(Of course, breaking things and lots of free stuff also helps.)
Wouldn’t it be some kind of Devine justice if many of the major-city rioters and looters (ANTIFAs?) came down with COVID-19 because they weren’t social distancing and often had shed their masks? And, if they don’t, wouldn’t this prove that most of the arbitrary restrictions imposed by the mayors of these (mostly liberal) cities were therefore proven unnecessary and capricious?
Back in 1972 Norman Cousins, editor of the World magazine and former editor of the SaturdayReview magazine, was a director of Metalanguage Products, a software company I had founded. He then was also agitating for private industry taking over space exploration. I thought this was a rather ambitious vision ... given all the enormoous costs and technology involved in such an endeavor.
Norman Cousins died in 1990 ... but today, 48 years after his initial vision ... his wish has finally been realized by Elon Musk’s private company, SpaceX.
I am George Potts, your great uncle. My sister, xxxxxxx, was your mother’s mother. I am a 81 year-old fart who won’t be around a whole lot longer. But you will ... and I would like to leave a few thoughts with you to compensate you for no celebrations surrounding your high school graduation ... and for you to chew on when you look back on this coronavirus pandemic:
- First, this world-wide crisis was possibly an accidental release of the coronavirus from a Chinese virus lab outside Wuhan, China ... but it’s spread throughout the rest of the world seems purposeful by the Chinese Communist party. I suspect you will find out a lot more about this malfeasance on its part ... and the consequences that resulted therefrom. I am reasonably sure the consequences will be enormous. I just wish I could look back with you to see this sea change. If, in the meantime, you have had to learn Mandarin ... then the bad guys won ... and you should probably burn this missive.
- They say the winners write the history books .. so, if Trump is still viewed as a pariah, you will know that he will be blamed for much of the damage of this pandemic. For what it is worth, from my perspective, I think President Trump performed as well as anyone could have during this crisis. I know, I know that many in this country disagree. But, if my age and experience are worth anything, Trump has been and will be unjustly vilified.
- In the meantime, all the dislocation and suffering you have experienced and will be experiencing until this Wuhan plague has abated ... all this will be topics for your holding forth with those yet to be born ... your children, grandchildren and, hopefully, even great grandchildren. And, don’t tell anyone, but you are allowed to exaggerate some of this narrative. For sure I won’t tell.
Congratulations on your graduation and I wish you a long, happy and successful life.
The number of registered voters in Los Angeles is 112% of its adult citizen population ... see: Town Hall Story. Does this suggest that all registered voters should be sent mail-in ballots ... and voter fraud would not be an obvious consequence?
Once again the Orangeman is being vilified. He suggested that Joe Scarborough might have murdered his female intern back in 2001. Funny thing ... when Scarborough was a Republican ... pre-Mika-ing ... it was Michael Moore who was suggesting this very same possibility ... see: Daily Kos Story. Everything is red or blue politics these days ... no? Afterward ... see also: Don Imus Interview.
There is some interesting data about what is happening regarding coronavirus in the United States ... see: World Meters and follow this narrative.
Scroll down on this analysis until you see the graph of Daily New Cases and you should see that coronavirus has clearly peaked in the US ... and is declining, albeit slowly. Now, scroll down further and inspect the Daily New Deaths chart. Interestingly, you will see that deaths have not only peaked, but are declining even faster than cases. (Is this why the stock market is going up?)
One would think that daily coronavirus deaths would lag daily cases ... but they appear to be leading. Why might this be?
My only possible explanation is that virus testing in the US is ramping up at such a rate as to cause positive new case results to outpace deaths. Can’t think of any other reason.
Also, kind reader, there is a curious aspect to both these charts ... and that there appears to be harmonics in each ... a sharp drop followed by four or five days of increase ... then repeated again and again to even lower levels. Anyone have any ideas why?
Afterward: And is the coronavirus mutating and decreasing in its mortality profile?
Any time you hear an epidemiologist tell you, with certainty, how the COVID-19 pandemic is going to progress, rather send that Nigerian prince the money he needs to get and share his rightful family inheritance. Afterward: Same for predictions from a climatologist.
In song, John Lennon imagined a world without belligerence ... without war. Yet, his tragic reward was the very violence he decried. It’s as though he wished the wind to stop blowing ... the lightning to only strike up ... the lion to lie down with the lamb. A nice thought ... but only a thought ... not reality.
The human animal is a carnivore ... thus a killer. It’s a very short step from killing for food ... to killing for pleasure ... to killing for power. We deny all this by believing we’re civilized ... but this is only a patina ... killing has been forever an integral part of living and thus the taking of life is in our DNA ... inescapably.
And yet, men, and now women, have forever matched off to war knowing that they may not come back. Remarkable ... and deserving of somber remembrance.
Please, kind reader, join me in doing this on this Memorial Day.
I know that it is against your very nature, but you don’t need to attack Biden any more in your campaign to get re-elected next November ... not for his perviness, not for his dementia, not for his corruption, not for his bone-headed foreign-policy mistakes ... not even for son Hunter. May I suggest you let him keep digging the hole he is is in. It’s already so deep, it is unlikely he can climb out before the walls cave in.
“Americans are thinking, there are some good members of Congress but we can’t figure out what they are good for. Others are thinking, how did these morons make it through the birth canal.” — John N. Kennedy, Louisiana Senator
Kind liberal readers: How many additional coronavirus deaths would be tolerable during a possible second pandemic wave this Fall ... if this meant that Trump would not get re-elected? (Poser inspired by NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s similar question on how many deaths are acceptable to get the economy back growing.)
Is it at all possible that some local politicians and public health officials are using lockdowns and other draconian unconstitutional restrictions to cover for the fact that they are lazy and/or incapable ... and do not want to do the hard work of targeted testing, hot spot identification, effective isolation, contact tracing, virus spread analysis, medical resource allocation and effective communication? (This is clearly the case with de Blasio in NYC.)
Many liberal Americans have rationalized next voting for Biden, a man one step out of the Memory Unit at the rest home, by saying, “he will have good people around him.” I don’t know, but isn’t this a lot like buying a pig in a poke?
I guess I’ll be doing this post every week for a while.
It is difficult to compare the various country, and now state coronavirus statistics ... since they are so far apart in the big tables. So, once again, I have taken some time to put together some of the critical measures (Tests per million, Cases per million and Deaths per million) for some key countries (USA, Sweden, Norway, Italy, South Korea, Germany) .... and states (California, Massachusetts, New York and Florida) one week after my first comparison. Here are the numbers as of May 22, 2020 ... see: Latest Data for verification. (If you check after 5/22/2020, the numbers will change.)
Tests per million
South Korea 15,653
New York 80,066
Cases per million
South Korea 217
New York 18,832
Deaths per million
South Korea 5
New York 1,485
Do you believe the numbers for South Korea? Actually, the more I inspect numbers, the more I am certain the politics and nationalism are infecting most results. This, of course, makes dealing with this pandemic very problematic ... unfortunately.
As another metric here is an interesting comparison. (I forgot where I found it.) I think it is a little dated and does not reconciled it with the above numbers ... but looks close:
SloJoe Biden has pledged not to pardon Trump were he to beat the odds and get elected president next fall. Interesting! On the other hand, AG Barr has contemporaniously indicated that it is very unlikely that either Obama or Biden will be hauled before the docks in what Trump has dubbed “Obamagate.” In other words, even if our previous administration was up to their eyeballs in trying to overthrow their follow-ons, because of a vague notion of preserving a semblance of peaceful transition of power, the previous villanous top conspirators will skate.
Now, I understand the logic of Barr’s stance ... and am not surprised at Biden’s petty campaign grandstanding ... but there needs some sober reflection on this giving a pass to previous presidents and vice presidents from any criminal prosecutions. I tend to think that Biden’s stance makes more sense ... but let’s be frank ... if Obama and Biden were involved in subterfuge against Trump and the Trump administration, they should be prosecuted and appropriately punished.
Why do I feel this way?
If justice is not served, then as we have repeatedly seen, the next offense is even more audacious ... and I think that the Obama miscreants crossed a threshold of tolerance. Barr is wrong. Even if their crimes implicate the top dogs, the previous administration needs to be brought to heel.
The Dems have already telegraphed that, if Biden were to win, they will try to prosecute Trump. Turnaround is fair play.