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

. . .

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.”

. . .

[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

Hiroshima And Nagasaki At 75 (August 10, 2020)

Posted in Nuclear, Presidency, War on August 10, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I have a vague recollection that the parents said that maybe one possibly needed to be dropped to end the war, but maybe that was not the whole or the end of the story.  And if you can believe this, college provided more of the story and challenged the orthodoxy.”

J          “Trying to figure out why the second one was dropped is what got me trying to figure out why the first one was dropped.”

. . .

K          “During the course of the presentation, all but a pair politely got up one at a time every few minutes and left and left me conversing with two polite but unconvinced WW Two Vets.”

J          “The conventional spin has a half-life that far exceeds their lives and our lives.”

. . .

K          “At the time, Eisenhower and many others were against Truman’s decision to drop.  My esteem for Truman has been dropping while my esteem for Eisenhower has been rising, although I would rather have had Stevenson.”

J          “Agree.  To his credit, Truman did end discrimination in the military at the same time that he gave rise to the uncontrolled and uncontrollable MICAC that Eisenhower would warn us about on his way out the door.”

. . .

[See “Our Series on the Atomic Bomb” in “Consortium News” dated August 10, 2020 and “ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: My Father Was to Invade Japan; He Did Not Feel Saved By the Bomb” also in “Consortium News” dated August 9, 2020 by Francis Boyle.]

[See the note in the e-commentary at “O’Bama Revisited (January 17, 2011)” on Eisenhower’s insightful and prophetic speech.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think

Try Zinc

“The rights and wrongs of Hiroshima are debatable, but I have never heard a plausible justification of Nagasaki.”  Telford Taylor

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

. . .

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:  The State Of The States:  Bailout Or Bankruptcy? (July 20, 2020)

Posted in Bailout/Bribe, Bankruptcy, Pensions on July 20, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “There was a time when folks went into government not to get rich but to do right.”

J          “They may have told themselves that they entered to do good but they ended up doing well.  At the well.”

. . .

K          “Well, their pensions are not well.”

J          “The well is drying up.”

. . .

J          “States cannot deficit spend.  They cannot print money.”

J          “States cannot keep taxing the public or they will lose their public.”

. . .

K          “The supreme court justices of each state who have reviewed the issue regarding pensions have totally and dishonestly disregarded the clear conflict of interest and demanded that payment of their pension is the highest priority obligation of the citizens and the state government.”

J          “I would like some courageous governor very publicly to send the bills to the supreme court justices and tell the public that the court is not paying the obligations it proclaims need to be paid.”

. . .

K          “The criminal enterprise known as the federal government has bailed out anyone affiliated with powerful lobbyists including hedge funds that were engaged in premeditated and systematic criminal activity.”

J          “So are pensions no less corrupt than and thus possibly as deserving as the handouts to the hedge funds?”

. . .

J          “The current generation has no moral or ethical obligation to pay the debts of the past generation when all of the benefits went to the past generation.”

K          “My thought is to pass legislation to allow for a state to file bankruptcy so the framework is there to trim the benefits to align with the benefits of other ordinary citizens.  Looking at the fees generated in the Detroit bankruptcy as a gauge, the fees for just one state filing bankruptcy likely will be three to four billion dollars.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Government Bureaucracy 101 (September 26, 2016)”, “Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 1 (April 14, 2008)”, “Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 2 (April 28, 2008)”, other e-commentary under the Category on “Pensions”, and “‘Titters’ v. ‘Self-Unemployed’ (September 1, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Beat the rush, be the first to file

Beat the rush, be the first to flush

For folks not working for the government, your retirement party is now known as your funeral.

For folks who are “Self-Unemployed,” your last day on the job is also your last day on the planet.

“Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender, Titters and The Self-Unemployed 101” at 9 a.m. M W F at Mr. and Ms. R. Baron Hall taught by Adjunct Professor of Race, Class, Gender, Titters and The Self-Unemployed H. Sebastian . . . .

White Privilege At Play:  Born On First Base (July 13, 2020)

Posted in Gender, Race, Sports on July 13, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I am not precisely sure who said it, but it has been said about Little George Bush and others.  They jump up and down on third base and proclaim they hit a triple without realizing they were born on third base.  White privilege is simple.  When you are White and particularly when you are male, you are at a minimum born on first base.” 

J          “I have noticed it on some of the birth certificates that have resulted from my deliveries.  ‘White Boy, First Base, U.S.A.’  Life is a lot easier when you are born on first base.”

K          “According to official baseball regulations, it is 90 feet between each base on a baseball field and thus 90 feet from home plate to first base.  However, according to real life rules, it is really 180 feet from home plate to first base for the ordinary person.  And if there is one major settled conclusion among baseball pundits developed statistically over the last score years, it is a shared conviction that the key to scoring points and winning a game is simply getting a player on first base.  That is how one scores and that is how one wins.” 

J          “Life is a lot easier when you are born on first base.  On a different playing field, they also say that the first million is the hardest million to get.  That goal is a lot easier to score . . . when you start out on first base.”

. . . 

[See the e-commentary at “King Seale Newton X Davis Dellums Day.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 21, 2019)”, “NFL Protests:  Celebrating And Revering A Great American Tradition (September 25, 2017)” and the other e-commentary linked there; “On Balls and Strikes and Perjury:  America’s Pastimes? (August 23, 2010)”, the bantering of ideas that are now scurrilous and heinous at “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)” and “Black Hawk Down. And Down and Down And Down (February 5, 2007)” that includes a nod to Molly Ivins who opined on Little George Bush and others.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Play ball!  (No spitting.)

Born On First Base

Not Born On First Base

Personal baseball path:  4 to 9; 4 to 9; 10

Fifth Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2020 (July 6, 2020)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, On [Traits/Characteristics] on July 6, 2020 by e-commentary.org

[Google continues to block access (except on July 2 and 3!?) to https://e-commentary.org/ with no justification or recourse.]

. . .

K          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year, the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is awarded to . . . Doctor Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity who has presented and continues to present a regular detailed presentation and discussion of issues and challenges related to the Coronavirus / Covid-19 Plague.  With quiet conviction and factual facts, he has challenged the lies and propaganda of 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, the Main Stream Media (MSM), Corporate News Network (CNN), Faux News (Fox), Big Pharma (BG) and so many other institutions and individuals.  One benchmark of his veracity is the unrelenting criminal efforts by the Internet gate keepers such as Google/YouTube and Facebook and Twitter to block his presentations.”

. . .

[See “Malaria drug and zinc, the missing link” in “The Conservative Woman” dated May 26, 2020 by Joseph Berry.]

[See the e-commentary noting Doctor Chris Martenson’s contributions at “Covid-19:  BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020)” and “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  The (Partial) Solution:  Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup Savored Alone (And Wash ‘N’ Wear ‘N’ Hide!) (March 30, 2020)”.]

[See the e-commentary at “Seeing 2020:  Profiles In Cowardice; Profiles In Courage.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 10, 2020)”, “Alex J. / J. Assange And The First Amendment (August 13, 2018)”, “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”, “Fourth Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2019 (April 8, 2019)”, “Third Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2018 (April 9, 2018)”, “Second Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)”, “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014)”, “Profile In Courage Award, 2015 (May 11, 2015)”, “Chelsea And Ed:  Time For ‘Con’ ‘dign’ Treatment (November 30, 2015)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Dissent remains patriotic

The more flak you get the closer you are to the target.”  World War Two bomber’s observation

“Science is but an image of the truth.”  Francis Bacon

Julian Assange:  b. July 3, 1971 – d. slowly for the last few years

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

. . .

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.