08 April 2020

FUCK

Bernie Sanders has just ended his Presidential campaign.

Tonight is also the first Seder.

After Bernie withdrawing, how the FUCK do I celebrate a journey from slavery to freedom in a non-ironic way?

This is going to be tough.

Vegetal Bukkake

It's pollen season, which means that various plants are in the process of making life, and breathing miserable.

I'm starting to sneeze, and this will probably move to a cough, over the next week or two.

This sucks, particularly since every time I cough, it goes something like this:

07 April 2020

This

I'm a Black Man in America. Entering a Shop with a Face Mask Might Get Me Killed.
Aaron Thomas, in The Guardian
Mr. Thomas knows that he should wear a mask, but he also knows that as a black man in America, he cannot safely wear a mask.

Read the whole thing.

06 April 2020

Actually a Significant Tweet

There has been a lot of Bernie supporters blowing off steam about 3rd parties on Twitter, but THIS tweet has significance
If the name RoseAnn DeMoro sounds familiar, it's because she is:
  • The former executive director of National Nurses United
  • The former head of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
  • The former national vice president and executive board member of the AFL-CIO
You know, perhaps the motto used by the Democratic Party establishment (There is no Democraty Party establishment) to implore party unity, "Shut the f%$# up you communist moron Russian stooges," is not the best motivation for about half of the Democratic Party.

The Current Crisis is the Direct Result of the For Profit Healthcare System

It should go without saying, but no one actually discusses it, so it has to be said, that the reason that the US health care system is in such bad shape because we have spent the past 40+ years reserve capacity out of the system in the name of "efficiency".

To quote Bill S., "It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."

Capitalism leads to just in time, and just in time leads to a fragile system:
By the middle of this week, nearly fifty thousand residents of New York City were confirmed to have the coronavirus. The actual number of coronavirus cases is of course much higher, as testing has been elusive. But the crisis is visible: over a thousand New Yorkers have died. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent the city eighty-five refrigerated trucks to be used as mobile morgues.

Hospitals are overwhelmed. The volume of calls for ambulance rides has nearly doubled. Nurses are comparing the situation to “battlefield triage.” In response, the city has transformed the Javits Convention Center and a tennis stadium into ad-hoc hospitals. A Navy hospital ship has docked at Pier 90 and opened its doors to overflow patients.

In Central Park, an evangelical Christian organization erected a field hospital with the blessing of the city and at the request of Mt Sinai. The organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is run by Franklin Graham, who’s known for his homophobic extremism. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised that the facility wouldn’t discriminate.

When you’ve reached the point where the mayor is assuring the public that the makeshift tent hospital in the city’s park won’t deny treatment to those condemned to an eternity in hell by the founder of the charity organization supplying the beds, something has gone terribly wrong.

Of course, desperate times call for desperate measures. But these times didn’t have to be so desperate to begin with. Typically if one hospital is overcrowded, a patient can be transferred to another hospital in the vicinity. But all of New York City’s hospitals are overcrowded. This wasn’t inevitable: New York City has lost nearly twenty hospitals, and tens of thousands of hospital beds, in the last two decades. In 2000, New York City had 73,931 hospital beds. Now it has 53,000, a reduction of nearly thirty percent.

The problem is not unique to New York City. Across the country, in rural and urban environments alike, hospitals are shuttering. A report by Morgan Stanley analysts “found that 8% of U.S. hospitals were at risk of closing and another 10% were considered weak.” At least thirty US hospitals entered bankruptcy last year alone.
If you want cheap underwear, capitalism works.

If you want public health and safety in an emergency, capitalism leaves you bereft of resources.

Ka-Ching

A Republican fund-raiser has decided to to go into the corona virus supplies business.

I wonder how an ally of Donald Trump things that he can make obscene profits from this activity?
A longtime Republican fundraiser sent an email to his clients on Thursday abruptly announcing that he would no longer be working for them.

The reason: He saw an opportunity to capitalize on the coronavirus response.

“Over the last 14 days I have built another business outside politics and will be focusing my full attention there,” he wrote in the email, which was obtained by POLITICO.

The fundraiser, Mike Gula, didn’t specify his new line of work in the email. But in an interview, he said he’d started a new company selling medical equipment that’s been in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, Blue Flame Medical LLC, was formed Monday in Delaware, according to state records. Its website says it sells coronavirus testing kits, N95 respirator masks, “a wide selection” of personal protective equipment and other “hard to find medical supplies to beat the outbreak.”

Asked how he’d managed to procure such equipment when there are shortages in hospitals across the country, Gula said, “I have relationships with a lot of people.”
Yeah ……… how come I think that the "People" involved have names that sound like Karrod Jushner?

Deep Thought


The use of Comic Sans font to represent stupidity is an intentional choice.

Old School SFX


This is a wicked cool use of force perspective and matte paintings by Charlie Chaplin.

Linkage



A documentary on the creation of the BBC's spaghetti harvest documentary:

05 April 2020

Tweet of the Day

It is brilliant to use a marvelously profane Peter Capaldi clip from "The Thick of It" to illustrate a lockdown.

Evil and Chickensh%$

After firing an organizer at one of the Long Island offices after he led protests against their indifference to Covid-19 infections, it now appears that senior executives planning to smear smear him, because that's how Amazon rolls:
Leaked notes from an internal meeting of Amazon leadership obtained by VICE News reveal company executives discussed a plan to smear fired warehouse employee Christian Smalls, calling him “not smart or articulate” as part of a PR strategy to make him “the face of the entire union/organizing movement.”

“He’s not smart, or articulate, and to the extent the press wants to focus on us versus him, we will be in a much stronger PR position than simply explaining for the umpteenth time how we’re trying to protect workers,” wrote Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky in notes from the meeting forwarded widely in the company.


The discussion took place at a daily meeting, which included CEO Jeff Bezos, to update each other on the coronavirus situation. Amazon SVP of Global Corporate Affairs Jay Carney described the purpose to CNN on Sunday: “We go over the update on what's happening around the world with our employees and with our customers and our businesses. We also spend a significant amount of time just brainstorming about what else we can do” about COVID-19.
(emphasis mine)

The fish rots from the head.

Amazon is evil because Jeff Bezos is evil.

Should He Die, He Will Be Replaced by Something Even More Bizarrely Inexplicble


It appears that his condition has worsened since announcing his testing positive 10 days ago:
Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital due to coronavirus after suffering 10 days of symptoms including a high fever, bringing doubts about his capability to lead the response to the pandemic despite No 10 insisting it was purely precautionary.

Johnson was taken to an unnamed London hospital on Sunday after days of persistent symptoms, during which time he has been self-isolating. Last week No 10 had denied the prime minister was more seriously ill than claimed.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests. This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.” The spokesperson said Johnson would stay in hospital “as long as needed”.
I do not know much about British politics, but what I DO know leads me to conclude that whoever might replace him would be even more of a sh%$ show than he is.