Archive for February, 2020

Covid-19: BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020)

Posted in Bureaucracy, China, Covid / Coronavirus, Ebola, Public Health on February 24, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “BAU is not the most graceful acronym.”

J          “Its opposite – Business As Unusual – is not that graceful either.”

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J          “Every American has a constitutionally-guaranteed right to buy a cheap tv and  drugs to go with it.  When Americans are unable to access the ‘plug-in drug’ and pop a few pills, the populace will disconnect and drop out.”

K          “If someone pulls the cord, you will see discord.  Without a 72 inch tv and a 72 day supply of prescription drugs, the populace will dissent.”

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J          “When you think about it, do all cars really need a front bumper, a right side handle, a left side mirror and a rear gear box.”

K          “Three tires and an eight track player and you should be ready to hit the road.”

. . .

J          “Artificial medical devices already are in short supply.  Right now there are patients who need a left aorta or a right knee.”

K          “They may need to be patient.  Could they consider getting by with a right aorta or a left knee.”

. . .

J          “You can live without an Apple® but not without an apple.”

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J          “You will not be economically impacted unless you buy stuff made in or sourced from China.” 

K          “Or Vietnam or South Korea or Malaysia or . . . fill in the blank.”

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K          “It is bad.”

J          “It will get unimaginably bad, if you can imagine.”

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[See “COVID-19 Pandemic:  The Complacent Are Clueless” dated February 17, 2020 and “When Will We Admit Covid-19 Is Unstoppable and Global Depression Is Inevitable?” dated February 23, 2020 in “Of Two Minds” by Charles Hugh Smith; “Easily overlooked issues regarding COVID-19” in “Our Finite World” dated February 19, 2020 by Gail Tverberg; “The white swan harbingers of global economic crisis are already here” in “The Guardian” dated February 19, 2020 by Nouriel Roubini; “‘Dominoes falling’ in global shipping as coronavirus continue to grip China’s economy” in “The Telegraph” dated February 20, 2020 by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard; the daily aggregation of articles cum commentary by Raul Ilargi Meijer at “The Automatic Earth” and the many timely, insightful and informative articles and commentary on the “Virus” by Chris Martenson at “Peak Prosperity”.]

[See the e-commentary at “Seeing 2020:  Panda < Eagle > Bruin; Panda + Bruin > Eagle.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (January 27, 2020)” and the other e-commentary linked at that post.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Covid-19 f.d.b.a. Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

Keep calm and panic

JIT —> NIT

The Toyota Production System (TPS) may not systematically produce Toyotas

Is it possible to go through the day and encounter something or anything not made out of oil and not made in China?

Seeing 2020:  Democratic National Committee v. Republican National Committee.  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 17, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Democrats, Ebola, Elections, MSM, Republicans, War and Wall Street Party on February 17, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In 2016, the Republican National Committee (RNC) ran a fair and open primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.  In 2016, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ran an unfair and rigged primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.”

J          “The great war between the ‘D’ Division and the ‘R’ Division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ rages on.  The Bloods and the Crips, I tell you.  It is a vicious street fight raging in the suites.”  

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K          “The old man Sanders is the fav of the young and the foe of the old who want to protect the wealth they yanked from the young.”

J          “And the younger ‘War and Wall Street’ pretenders appeal to the old and promise to protect their wealth against the legitimate claims of the young.”

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K          “In 2016, the DNC decided to ‘lose with Clinton rather than win with Sanders’ because a Trump victory advanced their economic interests.”

J          “And this year the DNC has decided to ‘lose with one of the War and Wall Streeters rather than win with Sanders’ again because a second Trump term does not threaten their economic interests.”

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K          “The greatest threat to democracy is not dark money or the influence of Russia or Israel, it is the MSM actively supporting a ‘War and Wall Street’ candidate and falsely presenting a claim of impartiality.”

J          “The citizen who seeks to be informed must disregard almost everything foisted by the corporate press.”

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[See “The Myth Of Incompetence:  DNC Scandals Are A Feature, Not A Bug” dated February 6, 2020 and other articles in “caitlinjohnstone.com” by Caitlin Johnstone, the recipient of the 2019 Pushitzer Prize In Commentary.]

[See the e-commentary at “DNC:  ‘We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.’ (February 27, 2017)”, “Impeachment Imbroglio.  Oh, And Happy Saint Nicholas Day! (December 2, 2019)” and “The First Look At The ‘Second Political Party’ (January 3, 2011)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

When you are a loser, well, you are a loser

Covid-19 f.d.b.a. Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

Seeing 2020:  Profiles In Cowardice; Profiles In Courage.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 10, 2020)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, Covid / Coronavirus, Ebola, Profile In Courage Award on February 10, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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Hi _________!

John Lewis. Gerald Ford. Gabrielle Giffords. John McCain. Mitch Landrieu. Barack Obama. George H. W. Bush. Nancy Pelosi.

What do these inspiring elected officials (and others!) have in common? They all served or continue to serve the public courageously, fighting for justice and putting the greater good ahead of their own careers. That’s why we honored them with the Profile in Courage Award.

Can you nominate a leader who inspires you for this year’s Profile in Courage Award? The deadline is soon — February 15 — and it just takes a few minutes! 

It’s critically important that we have leaders who follow their consciences and a public that demands the leadership we all deserve. As President Kennedy so eloquently put it in Profiles in Courage, “We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.”

Thanks in advance for using your voice to call for courageous leadership. We’ll keep you updated on who wins this year’s Profile in Courage Award.

Thank you,

The JFK Library Foundation Team

. . .

Dear Kennedy folks:

You don’t know courage.  This year, break with your tradition and settled practice and nominate someone who has shown real courage not someone you want to play squash with.  Consider: 

Julian Paul Assange

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

Edward Joseph Snowden

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling

William Edward Binney

Thomas Andrews Drake

John Chris Kiriakou

Daniel Ellsberg

Maurice Robert “Mike” Gravel

Other names upon request.

Thank you for your attention to these deserving individuals.  Best wishes.

Sincerely,

K

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[See “Julian Assange Wins 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award” in “Consortium News” by Joe Lauria dated February 10, 2020.]

[See the e-commentary on “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)” and the “Cameo In Courage Award” that challenges the dubious and discredited award given by the establishment to other members of the establishment.  Society needs an award that rewards those who are truly courageous.  The annual “Cameo in Courage Awards” were made in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.]  

Bumper stickers of the week:

Courage.  Why not?

Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

Seeing 2020:  Déjà vu All Over Again.  Oh, And Happy Groundhog Day! (February 3, 2020)

Posted in Collapse, Covid / Coronavirus, Ebola, Health Care, Public Health, Wall Street on February 3, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Contagion in the market and contagion outside the market.”

J          “I have seen this before.”

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J          “No matter how much things stay the same, they stay the same.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

No one ever died from overexposure to education