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First Monday And “Patient One” (October 5, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, First Monday In October, Immanentizing The Eschaton, Presidency, Supreme Court on October 5, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Are there gradations of illegitimacy?”

J          “Is the Supreme Court just quasi-illegitimate and semi-unrepresentative?”

. . .

K          “I gather that he becomes ‘Patient One’ and gets transported by ‘Marine Corps One’ to ‘Bed One’ for scrutiny by dozens and dozens of doctors.”

J          “Certainly more than one.  If you or I had presented with his symptoms, we would have been sent packing back home thus killing precious time to make a more careful diagnosis and treatment.”

. . .

K          “In the age of vicious irony, her introduction in the Oval Office to the powers that should not be may have turned into a superspreader event.”

J          “Moving from outside in the Rose Garden to inside in the Oval Office may have done it. No is speaking candidly who really knows his condition and the medical cocktail he is consuming.  The age of vicious irony is also the age of calculated ignorance.”

. . .

K          “The Court that may soon have 6.75 Catholics, with 5.75 solidly united in not allowing others to ‘immanentize the eschaton’ and one committed to allowing others to ‘immanentize the eschaton’ in this life.”

J          “And two other souls who also want others to be able to ‘immanentize the eschaton’ in this life.  The Court theoretically could be more unrepresentative but not much more unrepresentative.”

. . .

K          “What so many good folks fail to realize is that Trumpi is effectively packing the Court for the corporations.  A Court that went from the ‘Kennedy Court’ for years to the Roberts Court’ for months is now becoming the ‘Trumpi Court’ for decades with his three picks in three years.”

J          “A Court named not after a justice but someone outside the Court who was always outside the law.  Trumpi aspired successfully to achieve injustice by breaking the law in a legal system that allows the rich to break the law.”

. . .

J          “The controlling Corporatists on the Court hold opinions and values that do not represent the rest of the public pack in America.”

K          “If the opportunity presents, we the unrepresented pack should seriously consider packing the court and sending them packing.  Try to bring that topic up with others and you quickly discover that most folk’s Overton Window is the size of a side door peep hole.”

J          “Roberts sealed the front doors of the Court for the little people years ago and Trump is nailing them shut for two generations.”

K          “RBG opened doors for women and girls.  ACB will close doors for women and girls.”

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[See the e-commentary under the Categories “First Monday In October” and the “Supreme Court”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

RBG opened doors for women and girls.  ACB will close doors for women and girls.

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague: What Is A [Labor Day] Weekend? (September 7, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Society, Work on September 7, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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J          “The appeal of that show is still beguiling, yet the series appealed to the whole family wholeheartedly and to me.  ‘What is a weekend?’, the Dowager at Downton Abbey inquired at dinner.  What was a declining way of life for the wealthy is now an emerging way of life for the villagers.”

K          “And when you are self-unemployed under the old way of life, you only knew it was the weekend because your friends could come out to play.”

J          “But you are employee of the month every month.”

. . .

K          “The circus had its own calendar and dedicated days.  In the fall and winter, Friday night was demarcated by high school football, Saturday afternoons by college football and almost all of Sunday by professional football.”

J          “And the professional game metastasized into Monday night and then into the Thursday night edition of Monday night football that became Thursday night football.  Tuesday and Wednesday are the weekend for football.  The circus markers are gone or limited.”

. . .

J          “A friend notes that she only knows the day of the week if the newspaper does not arrive which means it is Saturday.”

K          “And then there is always Sunday night.  A friend described the Sunday night malaise that set in every week around 5 o’clock began sooner each year and then set in earlier in the day and then set in upon getting up and then set in around 5 o’clock on Saturday night and then set in earlier in the day and then set in upon getting up and then set in around 5 o’clock on Friday night.”

J          “On Sunday night, you are only seven days away from Sunday night and a fortnight away from Sunday night.”

. . .

K          “And the winter solstice this year falls on a Monday.”

J          “And the day the sun starts returning springs on a Tuesday.”

. . .

K          “Until recently, of course, one typically spent five days in an office and two days in or operating out of a home.  Now seven days are spent in a home office that creates a sense of uninterrupted house arrest.  I even use the word ‘prisoner’ in some conversations to describe my confined circumstances.”

J          “Although I am likely to cancel the furlough, I booked an airline ticket in December that I hold in my hand to hold out hope of getting a work release from the prison I am booked in today.  The ticket is a psychological get out of jail card for fee.”

K          “Book ’im, Danno.”

. . .

J          “What is a weekbegin?”

K          “T.G.I.?.”

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[Follow the criminal proceedings – by the English and American court systems – against Julian Assange at Consortium News.]

[See the e-commentary at Labor Day and Labor Day weekend at “Laboring Day (September 2, 2019)”, “Labor Day.  Oh, And Happy Labor Day! (September 3, 2018)”, “On Writin’ And Livin’ And Laborin’ (September 4, 2017)” and “Doctorin’ And Lawyerin’ And Laborin’ (September 5, 2011)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Labor on!

What is a weekend?

Unions – The folks who brought you the weekend

Everybody’s playing for the week

“Eight hours of work, eight hours of sleep and eight hours of what you will”

T.G.I.?.

“A job?”

Housing:  Another Bubble Blown By Criminally Low Interest Rates (August 24, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Housing, Interest Rates on August 24, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “We are back in the 2005 – 2007 housing bubble.”

J          “We are careening toward the 2008 bubble burst.”

. . .

K          “The current nearly zero interest rates are a sign of a severely broken economy.  The time value of money should not be zero.”

J          “An irreparably broken economy.  They may drive them negative.  That should be inconceivable and anathema in a market economy.  Free money is not free.”

. . .

K          “Last year it was $49.99 and further reduced with the $10 off coupon for my birthday.  This year it was $59.99 and only reduced with the new $5 off coupon for my birthday.  $39.99 to $54.99 in one year.”

. . .

J          “$7.98 last month to $9.98 this week.  And because of limited supply, I had to drive across city to two stores to find what I needed.”

K          “The cost of the sticks to build a house has gone through the roof.  The cost of roofing materials has gone through the roof.”

. . .   

K          “So many folks are skipping their mortgage payments and using the money and the enhanced and very temporary government financial assistance to buy vehicles and other personal property on credit they may not be able to afford in the coming year.”

J          “Skip one month, look around and discover no immediate consequences.  Skip a second month, look around and discover no immediate consequences.  Skip a third month, look around and discover no immediate consequences.  Then it becomes habit.  Each month they get further and further and further in the hole.  And they forget that when you are in a hole, quit digging.”

. . .

K          “The state foreclosure moratoriums have largely expired yet the federal foreclosure moratoriums are still in place.  The surprise in the market is that the title companies are so busy refinancing loans they cannot get around to handling foreclosures.”

J          “Many present refinancings are future foreclosures in wait.  When you are in a hole, I say, quit digging.”

. . .

K          “Debt may not be repaid but it is always paid.”

J          “Anything that cannot go on forever will not go on forever.”

. . .

K          “Remember when the Queen of England asked some e-con-omists at the LSE why no one had predicted the credit crisis.  She asked the right question to the wrong gang.  What was coming was clear as gin in 2005 and then unfolded predictably over the next few years.”

J          “Do you have her number?”

. . .              

[See the e-commentary at “Housing Again (October 8, 2007)” that discusses the anatomy of a house, “America the Bankrupt: Economics 210 in the Land of the Freeway and the Home of the Wave (January 17, 2005)” discussing the looming “Hyperdive“ decline in the economy, “When the Bubbles Burst (December 4, 2006)” discussing the macroeconomic and microeconomic consequences of the housing market collapse, and “The Dow Jones (the Murdoch ?) Hits 14 K In A Hollow Economy (July 23, 2007)“ discussing the coming decline in the stock market that can only be delayed not avoided.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”  Mark Twain?

Housing Again (October 8, 2007)

A house is a bundle of 1) sticks, 2) dirt, and 3) money/interest obligation.  The Truth In Lending Act requires the lender to provide basic information about the terms of a loan.  A $100,000 house subject to a 30 year mortgage at 10 percent requires the borrower to pay a total of over $316,000 during the life of the loan.  Thus, more than 2/3rds of the money ($216,000) pays for the money; less than 1/3rd ($100,000) pays for the sticks and the dirt.

When interest rate drops to 5 percent, the borrower pays a total of over $192,000 during the life of the 30 year loan.  Thus, less than 1/2 of the money ($92,000) pays for the money; more than 1/2 ($100,000) pays for the sticks and the dirt.

Reducing the interest rate reduces the total purchase price of the sticks, dirt and money/interest obligation needed to acquire the house.  When Greenspan reduced the Federal Funds Rates in 2001 and mortgage interest rates dropped, the price of the money/interest obligation dropped correspondingly.  Those who had the sticks and the dirt at the time were in the money.  Others were able to acquire a house (sticks, dirt, and money/interest obligation), for at least a few years.  Those who obtained a house in the early days of the run-up with a fixed rate mortgage of 5 to 6 percent have a “bird’s nest on the ground” if they keep a cool head.

The interest rate in a typical adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) adjusts upward in the next months and years even if other interest rates do not rise.  When the interest rate rises to 15 percent, the borrower pays a total of over $455,198 during the life of the 30 year loan.  Thus, almost 4/5ths of the money ($355,198) pays for the money; little more than 1/5th ($100,000) pays for the sticks and the dirt.

Many of the ARMs are more difficult to refinance because they include “pre-payment penalties” if the notes are paid early.  A borrower could pay off all but the last month’s obligation and then pay off the last month according to the terms of the note.  Some judges might allow it; some would not.  The pre-payment penalty provisions should be stricken because they are 1) against public policy, 2) unconscionable, 3) fraudulently obtained, 4) buried in adhesion contracts, and/or 5) _________.  There will still be an economic impact because so many investors were fooled and/or fooled themselves into believing that they would receive the substantial returns from the ARMs and other bogus instruments.

The “wealth effect” now has been supplanted by the “poverty effect.”  The “multiplier effect” is being supplanted by the “divider effect.”  And there is not a whole lot that the Fed can do to improve our lot.

However, Al Greenspan recently announced unambiguously that the credit crunch is behind us.  In the near future, no one will even remember this latest pronouncement and hold him to it.

Bumper sticker of the week:

“Time is money, money is time, that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”    John Maynard Keats

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  The Country Is Moving From The City To The Country (August 17, 2020)

Posted in Climate, Covid / Coronavirus, Population, Society, Voting on August 17, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The exodus over the last century from the fertile farm, verdant field to the bright lights, big city is now reversing direction.”

J          “In my neck of the woods out at the cabin, the prices of rural property are sky rocketing as people flee the sky high prices and confined life in skyscrapers.”

. . .

J          “With aerosolization of the Virus, the skies may not yet be safe to fly.  Instead of flying in an aluminum aircraft tube in the jet stream, folks are driving around towing an aluminum Airstream.”

K          “You can camp and stream at all the wi-fi hot spots while avoiding the Covid-19(84) hot spots in a mobile cave.  Driving around in a recreational vehicle or towable camper allows you to cover substantial distances while practicing social distancing.”

. . .

K          “Blue cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in blue states are bleeding population to the red towns and red states.  This tectonic movement is profound for both the city and the country.”

J          “And the great migration is triggered not by global climate change as everyone surmised but by even more immediate economic and epidemiological threats.”

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[See the e-commentary at “‘Peak Land’: The Exodus Toward The Equator . . . or the North Pole? (April 4, 2011)” on the population shifts triggered by climate change.  See “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)” and “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie, Part 2.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day (February 12, 2018)” on the escape plans of the jet set who will take to the jet stream.  See “Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)” on population challenges.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Two is one; one is none

See the USA

“Le temps du loup”

19th Amendment

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Into The Eye Of The Storm (August 3, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Education, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex, Sports on August 3, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We are moving from the halcyon days into the eye of the (cytokine and economic) storm.  The clouds are forming.  The winds are building.”

J          “There is great fear and great uncertainty and great fear of the great uncertainty.  Everyone is moving through the motions, drifting in a daze, traveling in a trance and flying in the fog.”

K          “We are all flying in the clouds in the winds in the dark on autopilot without a flight plan and no one in the distant control tower.”

. . .

J          “Each e-mail suggests that the kids may be back on campus, but they will be almost as distanced from other students as if they were taking the classes on-line.  They may be assigned a specific time to go to the cafeteria and . . . also then move through the line six feet apart and . . . also then sit six feet apart.  Because of the separation, the chatting and bickering will be louder which will just turbocharge the aerosolization in the room.  One is forced to ask, why go?”

K          “I have asked that question for decades.  They will need to cancel contact sports, but how many sports are not contact sports.  And they were not being paid any way.  The athletes or the adjuncts.  If you cherish the free expression of ideas, the loss may not be that big.”

. . .

J          “The big loss will be labs that cannot be conducted on-line.”

K          “And when they need to mothball the labs and the classrooms, the cost to keep them heated when there are no warm bodies to pay the tuition will heat up the predicament.”

. . .

K          “Many parents will be without unemployment assistance and will be confronting the possibility of being evicted from their own dorms.”

J          “Just covering their own room and board is the daily challenge.”

. . .

K          “And then there are the states and state universities that cannot legally print money or legally deficit spend or legally file bankruptcy.”

J          “Something will yield because something must yield.”

. . .

J          “Junior’s senior year was dislocating for him.  With junior not taking off to Tech this Fall and seniors not taking off to Tahiti this Winter, society is taking off in a new direction and heading to a new destination.  Less international and national and more regional and local, the bounds and boundaries of the New Covid World are emerging.”

K          “Schooling is now dependent on a fragile infrastructure and an often intermittent Internet.  We may be forced to return to using Analog Knowledge Devices soon.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Is College Worthless? (July 25, 2011)”, “The Staggering Cost Of Schooling And Then The Staggering Cost Of A Real Education (March 18, 2019)”, “Unionizing Athletes And Adjuncts (And Sherpas) (April 21, 2014)”, “‘Analog Knowledge Devices’ (‘AKD’):  The Next ‘Currency’ (July 10, 2017)”, “Foot Longs and Football (September 2, 2013)” and “Adjunktification” In The S.I.C. (Schooling Industrial Complex) (March 13, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Make masks great again

Get two weeks ahead

“I don’t believe in colleges and universities.  I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money.  When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.  I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”  Ray Bradbury

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Crunch Time:  Penniless, Homeless, Hopeless, Less? (July 27, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus on July 27, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “We are still in the halcyon days of the Plague.  Yet we are entering the next stage when it starts to get real real.  Or real unreal.  Or real surreal.”

J          “I went on record as prognosticating ‘Winter’ a few weeks ago, yet I now believe the economic impact is hitting sooner and accelerating swiftly.”

. . .

K          “When the unemployment benefits expire at the end of the month, the pain will become much more real.”

J          “When the various moratoria on foreclosures expire at the end of the month,  the pain will become even more real.”

. . .

K          “The kids really cannot go back to school, but many of them will be forced to go back to school.”

J          “And of course the teachers must go back and assume even more risks than usual.  School will be a Mixmaster of the Virus.  Schools are said to be places of learning.  We will all learn shortly.”

. . .

Bumper sticker of the week:

Make masks great again

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Taking Legal Stock (June 29, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Medicine, Privacy, Public Health on June 30, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “About the run on toilet paper . . . .”

. . .

K          “It is slithering closer.  The very close friend who lost a very close friend will soon be the very close friend who is lost.”

J          “Them or her or him or you or me.  Now or by NOVember.”

. . .

J          “Contract tracing is a diametric departure from and express rejection of the privacy concerns expressed in HIPAA and other legislation.  Now when someone tests positive, all the world is notified.”

K          “The government can justify just about anything domestically in the name of public health and safety.  And the government can justify just about anything internationally in the name of national defense and security.  I concede that I do not have a fundamental quarrel with announcing to the world that someone tests positive.”

. . .

J          “Now that the horses are out of the barn, the government is hiring bureaucrats to determine the names and addresses of the escaped equines.”

K          “The ad for contact tracers says the government is seeking ‘all the king’s horses and all the king’s men’ to interview the team of horses who have fled the barn.”

. . .

J          “And contact tracing has just about exceeded its usefulness when just about everyone you come into contact with has contracted it.  The response has always been two weeks behind.  The strategy should be to get two weeks ahead.  Contact tracing is now two months behind . . . and moot.”

K          “Contact tracing is now the cover to monitor the activities of every citizen.  Now that the Virus has nestled in every corner of the country, contact tracing needs to be curtailed.”

. . .

K          “The current bailout includes provisions exempting all the legislation and payments from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  We as a society made so much progress and now are on the retrograde.” 

J          “Our personal privacy rights are compromised by all the governments admittedly for reasons that are not implausible in this situation.  The public’s right to know is totally undermined in one stroke by Congress.  There is something retrogressive about all those decisions.”

. . .

K          “The Big X, the Tenth Amendment, is resurgent along with the Virus.  States are now almost co-equal players with the federal government in the political debate over the response to the Virus.”

J          “International agencies and the federal government have failed.  Some state governments have stepped in commendably.  Some state governments have failed.  Some city governments have stepped in commendably.  Some city governments have failed.  The checkerboard response is surreal and unreal.”

J          “Medicine is politics.  What happens when a red state governor does not adopt a mandatory masks policy and a blue city mayor adopts a mandatory masks policy?”

K          “In the city, the citizens wear a mask; in the rest of the state, they wear what they think is appropriate consistent with the ignorant directives of the governor.  But I can assure you that logic will not prevail particularly when you are dealing with American–trained judges.”

. . .

K          “And you know my firm conviction that there are many members of the medical establishment and in government committing crimes against humanity.”

J          “You may be right.  I am still researching.  But no one in power in America will ever be convicted of a crime.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

Make masks great again

Great Meteor 2020  Just End It Already

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Taking Stock (June 22, 2020)

Posted in Bankruptcy, Blue States / Red States, Book Reference, Covid / Coronavirus, Freedom / Liberty, Law, Medicine, Privacy, Public Health, Wall Street, War and Wall Street Party on June 22, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Taking stock of the stock market is the stock in trade of the Federal Reserve.  The only certainty throughout this Plague is the Federal Reserve doing everything possible to protect and serve Wall Street.”

J          “Those on every street in and out of uniform who are obliged to protect and serve have protected and served the interests of Wall Street not Main Street.”

. . .

K          “It has been a tough few weeks to be a statue.”

J          “Some had to be moved.  But in their uncontrolled and unfocused rage, they may topple a statue of Lincoln without knowing who he was or what he did, albeit with alloyed motives.”

. . .

K          “This is also a tough time to be a state in the Union.  The federal government can print money at will in unlimited amounts forever until the rest of the world unseats the United States as the purveyor of the world’s reserve currency.  The towns, cities, counties, boroughs, water authorities and other political subdivisions can always file bankruptcy.  But the states are stuck because they cannot print money and cannot deficit spend and cannot file bankruptcy.”

J          “And cannot pay their bills.  The federal government has an out, the other governments have an out and the state governments are left out.  It will soon manifest and not be pretty.” 

. . .

J          “My initial fear was that it appeared to be some variety of the Hantavirus which is far more virulent and infectious than Covid-19.”

K          “My continuing fear is that it is becoming more virulent and infectious.”

. . .

K          “I do not know what to make of “Event 201” in October 2019 with the powerful players playing war games and discussing the outbreak of a Coronavirus at the very same time that the Coronavirus was breaking out.”

J          “The exercise let everyone know that they had more than a clue that the Plague was coming, but they were absolutely clueless about what to do about it as it came.”

. . .

K          “The proper use of masks was obvious.  I joined the cover up immediately and was the first Occidental in my Costco to wear a mask way back in early February.”

J          “Make masks great again.  We have always known that fact despite what those in power said and misled.  However, based on recent findings, the concern with spreading by contact with paper, door handles and the like is still a concern but a less urgent one.”

. . .

J          “Faux libertarians say their right to swing their fists only ends an inch from my nose.  However, their swing is still a battery against me and my nose.  And their refusal to wear a mask and cover their nose and mouth hits me right in my nose and mouth.”

K          “They say it is the hit to the kisser that can be the kiss of death.”

. . .

K          “We are in the halcyon days of the Plague.  When do we enter the next stage?”

J          “That is what I fear.  That is what I don’t know.  I’ll simply go on record as prognosticating ‘Winter’ at this time.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “On Freedom and Liberty (May 24, 2010)” and “Who Is Your Big Bad Bogeyman? (March 26, 2007)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Make masks great again

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.  And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute.  History has stopped.  Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”  George Orwell, 1984  Orwell’s “Party” = War and Wall Street Party?

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Now What?!  Make Masks Great Again (June 15, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Kleptocracy, Public Health, Schooling on June 15, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Too many of the protests degenerated into riots.  Who provided the bricks?  Provocateurs provoking tensions for their own agenda?  Protestors with a nefarious plan unconnected with engendering racial harmony?”

J          “A single brick too often is used to destroy a collection of bricks that serve the collective.  Once a brick goes through a window, the building is usually broken.”

. . .

K          “In 2008, it was illiquidity, so they added liquidity.  Now it is insolvency, so they add . . . liquidity.  A flood has overwhelmed the town, so the FRFD comes to the rescue and turns all the water hoses on the town.”

J          “The Federal Reserve Fire Department is contributing to the flood while filling the swimming pools of the Kleptocrats and providing them with the money to build bigger pools.  They are all wet.  It will not end well.” 

. . .

K          “Futball players are returning to the grid iron and may need to rethink the ‘full contact, two a day, with pads’ regimen and instead institute ‘six feet apart, one a day, with masks’ to keep the kids alive.”

J          “Once the kids are there, it is their problem.  It could be a doozy.”

. . .

K          “Those in power are terrified that hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with azithromycin and zinc is an effective prophylactic and a treatment, so it is banned.  The grand obscene irony is the world will know in less than a year.  Those who want to know now, now know.  A crime against humanity, possibly?”

J          “The real crime is the refusal to undertake a valid scientific test.  To date, the tests by my colleagues have been premeditated frauds.  At this time, I reserve final judgment.”

. . .

J          “You shouldn’t get your medical advice from television ads . . . or the NYT.”

K          “And any advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the American Medical Association (AMA), President Trumpi, the Surgeon General, Anthony Fauci, the Main Stream Media (MSM), Corporate News Network (CNN), Faux News (Fox), Big Pharma (BG), etc. also should be consumed cum grano salis and perhaps not BID.”

. . .

[See “Coronavirus To Decimate Colleges and Universities” by Yves Smith in “Naked Capitalism” dated May 12, 2020.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Make masks great again

The relaxation of isolation rules does not mean the Plague is over.  It means they currently have a bunk for you in the ICU.   

Wearing a mask outside makes about as much sense to me as wearing rubbers in the rain. 

Covid-19(84)

You shouldn’t get your medical advice from television ads . . . or the NYT.

Wash; mask; space

“The current mitigation measures, such as social distancing, quarantine, and isolation implemented in the United States, are insufficient by themselves in protecting the public.  Our analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic worldwide.  We conclude that wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission, and this inexpensive practice, in conjunction with extensive testing, quarantine, and contact tracking, poses the most probable fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to the development of a vaccine.”

Identifying airborne transmission as the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America by multiple authors dated June 10, 2020.

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Rioters / Protestors:  Too Much Noise / Too Little Signal (June 8, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Kleptocracy, Occupy Movement, Police on June 8, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I have said for weeks the most devastating rioting and looting has been taking place in the suites in New York and DC not in the streets of Denver and Detroit.”

J          “I hear you.  It will not stop.  Last year as I recall around September 17, 2019, eight years to the day after the emergence of the Occupy Movement, the economy was heading into another major collapse.  And once again, the Federal Reserve stepped in and gave away billions via its repo purchases.  That was not enough.  Covid was and is a godsend for the Kleptocrats because it graciously provided cover and allowed the Federal Reserve to step in and give away trillions.  It just will not stop.”

. . .

J          “Being cooped up has also led many folks to fly the coop.  The legitimate and the undigested anger were unleashed, but the rage is unfocused.  The protestors are protesting about something more and something even the reflective ones would admit is difficult to describe.”

K          “I’m with you.  So much is wrong, yet too much has been needlessly destroyed.  So many of the hard-working business owners already confronted too many challenges and now likely will quit the market.”

. . .

K          “So now the statues have been beheaded, drowned, defaced, dethroned, destroyed and demolished rather than being properly displayed.  I still maintain that all the Confederate and genuinely offending statues should be removed from their public perch and carefully moved to museums and displayed with an explanatory historical text.”

J          “The statues should have been removed by reasonable minded politicians long ago.  The public has had it and did it for them.  The public needs to do things for themselves.”

. . .

J          “We need to rename a dozen military bases currently named for domestic terrorists.  What heroes should we celebrate to replace Fort Benning and Fort Bragg?”

K          “Fort E. Shinseki and Fort S. Butler, although Fort. S. Butler really should be a Marine base.  Or the new name for the Pentagon.”

. . .

K          “So much energy is being misdirected.  The rage and the energy must be directed at the Kleptocrats not just the cops who are doing their bidding.”

J          “The cops also must decide if they are with the power or with the people.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Charlottesville . . . Chancellorsville? (August 14, 2017)” “Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)”, “The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015)”, “Celebrate Virginia’s ‘Celebrate Slavery Month’ (April 12, 2010)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)”, “Dixie Visited (September 17, 2012)”, “Brown Is The New Black (February 18, 2008)” and “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

No justice, no peace

Remove the statues; end the idolatry

Smedley Butler Pentagon