Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Blast in Beirut

That horrific explosion in Beirut reminded me right away of something I'd read about the Texas City Explosion of 1947 - and also Timothy McVeigh's brutal terrorist bombing against the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

Of course, Israel has offered assistance  - but will they accept it?

Monday, August 03, 2020

Can We Do Whatever it Takes to Stop COVID-19?

I read a lot of coronavirus news and subscribe to several coronavirus newsletters to educate myself and learn as much as I can. So I keep getting infuriated by people who still won't take this disease seriously despite the death toll, and who refuse to take the steps necessary to stop it. I love how the Australian official said that the residents "don't deserve" the inconvenience of a lockdown.

What they and all of us don't deserve is to get sick and die because thanks to deliberately inconsiderate morons who are spreading it! And if they don't like the lockdown, maybe they should be locked up instead!

This is definitely not the greatest generation.

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One of the world’s ‘most livable’ citiesjust went into full lockdown mode as coronavirus cases spike

How strict? Starting Sunday evening, a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be enforced, with the premier of Victoria ordering the region into a 'state of disaster.'

Hear more from Premier Daniel Andrews:

'We have to do more,' he pleaded, 'and we have to do more right now,' telling people that, 'Where you slept last night is where you’ll need to stay for the next six weeks.'

Furthermore, only one person per household in Melbourne, which spent most of July under these restrictions, will be allowed to leave their homes once a day outside the curfew restrictions. And that’s only to pick up essential goods within a five-kilometer radius of their home.

As for exercise, only an hour a day is allowed within that same radius.

State opposition leader Michael O’Brien reportedly took exception to the decision, saying Victorians 'don’t deserve this' and that, 'In declaring a state of disaster, Andrews has conceded that his government has lost control of COVID-19 in this state.'

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà - Les Beautés Du Diable

I had found this lovely tune years ago, lost it, and couldn't find it. Then today, it was played on classical radio, and I was finally able to find it again.

This is Les Beautés Du Diable (The Devil's Beauties) by Francois Dompierre, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Love Conquers All

I read coronavirus-related newsletters from CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, which usually contain some beautifully-written articles. Here's one from CNN's Good Stuff newsletter:

"Raise a glass to...Robert and Janice Beecham, a Texas couple that’s conquered coronavirus, chemotherapy and cancer all in the span of a few months -- oh, and they celebrated their 46th anniversary in the middle of all that, too."

Wow. Read more about these courageous, wonderful people.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The President & the Pandemic

I read a  CNN article last night titled "Trump and his allies respond with pseudo-science as US virus deathtoll hits 150,000."  It recaps the history of our administration's response to the COVID-19 -- and, as we have seen, there hasn't been a response.

I just don't understand what they possibly have to gain by not having strongly pushed proven anti-COVID measures like masks, social distancing and hand washing. It just doesn't make sense. It's almost as it they are sabotaging the war on the virus.  Why would you want to prevent people from getting sick and dying?  If you want to help your reelection chances AND quash the virus, what better way than a strong, coordinated federal response rather than differing, weaker state responses? What are they waiting for?

Foreign terrorists must be laughing because we are doing their job for them, and I just don't get it at all.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Lots 'o Links

Take a look at the always interesting posts at Liz Sheld's Morning Greatness; Maggie's Farm; Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing; Larwyn's Linx; and Stephen Green's Insanity Wrap #17.

The Young and the Reckless; or Virus-Spreading Covidiots

Last night I was reading a Washington Post story about the fact that - surprise! - young, deliberately reckless people are drinking, not wearing masks, not social distancing, and bringing COVID-19 home to make their parents and grandparents sick, if not dead.  Reading the comments was an experience in itself, and I thought this one, by ink stained wretch, was one of the best:

"They respond only to what affects them directly. The message they need to hear from the authorities -- in a media blitz  --is this:  if you and your friends spread the virus to the wider community by refusing to wear a mask, binge drinking in parties and bars, and forgetting social distancing, here's what will happen:

1) the medical system will collapse so nobody will be able to treat you for anything.
2) your state's economy will collapse and the benefits you count on will shrink to near nothing or disappear.
3) there won't be any jobs for you or anyone else.
4) your parents/relatives (if they survive) won't be able to support you unless they're very rich.
5) you may look forward to a future of chronic unemployment, destitution, homelessness --- and disability if you catch the virus yourself. Not just  'old people' can get very sick."