July 6th, 2020
168 Days since first US infection
I must register my abject disgust at this time. I am disgusted by Fox news, no longer irritated by its outright right/conservative slant as a news provider. That is disingenuous on its face and sadly not well understood by my fellow Americans. News is meant to inform the public of things which affect their lives, ignoring the Virus loose in our midst does not serve the people, but the politics of the networks owner.
MSNBC is not much better, it does the very same thing on the left. Quick to point out every foible of Trump as Fox was to point out every Foible of Obama. Reality is all humans have good and bad aspects to them, and though I find none of merit in Trump does not mean news ought to ignore the things he did do, nor should they, as the POTUS insists, praise him for what he did do while ignoring what he did not do. Both of those presentations are not actually news, and Fox ignoring our modern plague, playing that down for political reasons? That is disgusting and likely will be seen as criminal in history.
That is disgusting. People, American People, are suffering and dying from C-19. 50,000 a day on average are diagnosed, Trump says for 99% of them it’s “totally harmless”. That is a plain lie. For about 20-40% of them it is asymptomatic, not harmless, but undetected and infecting their loved ones, friends and coworkers. Another 40% are sick, like really sick, think worst flu, worst food poisoning in your recall, for weeks, and for some for months. These are the non-hospitalized patients. The last 20% are in hospital suffering as the others, with high fever and lack of O2. Going on the Vent means your odds of survival just dropped to 20%, but you can linger on the vent for weeks and weeks. So far about 130,000 of us Americans have died from this Bug.
That is not “totally harmless”.
Vietnam had a total of 58,220 deaths in 11 years, in six months Donald Trump has doubled that. If the Viet Cong had killed Americans as efficiently as C-19 they would have killed 130,000 in the first six months of an 11 year conflict. So if C-19 is “totally harmless” then by comparison the VC were pacifists and all our war dead accidents. WW2 is so tragic as to be unmeasurable. It is estimated that at least 400,000 Americans died in the conflict. The Civil was around 665,000 total deaths. At this pace we will outpace both of those.
When the Nam was happening it too was a TV event, and not real for a lot of folks, at first. As the years wore on the populace gradually saw that every block housed the lost and the maimed, every third house had such a personal loss in my area, so everyone had meat in the game. The society objected because the draft forced the burden of war onto all Americans equally, not only on those willing to risk life and limb for ‘God and Country’. An all-volunteer force took all the steam out of the antiwar movements because now not everyone had meat in the game.
C-19’s game includes all meat on planet Earth. Donald Trump is calling it harmless to most, which is a blatant falsehood and a danger to the nation and our national security. Most people pull through with low symptomology, but we have no clue about any long term effects, and many survivors of C-19 in hospital are maimed for life, with liver, kidney, heart and lung issues. If we all get sick and overflow the hospitals we become a ripe target for other hostile powers. A nation divided against itself cannot stand.
“”A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”-Abraham Lincoln
This is the exact lever Trump is pushing on, championing Confederate Statues and conflating them with the Founding Fathers because both held slaves. He is calling those who want to hold to the old traditions true Americans, and anyone American who differs therefore is not a real American, but an imposter who wants to destroy America. He wants to ratchet up racial and cultural tensions and divisiveness during a Pandemic for political ends. I see that as an assault upon our nation at war with the Virus, by its leader.
At best it is dereliction of duty, at worst it is a treasonous attempt to re-brand America as Trumpism, and non Trumpists as enemies of America. Fox news is promoting this and the Trump blame game. Navvaro came out the other day with an unsupported allegation that China willfully sent hundreds of thousands of infected Chinese to America to infect us intentionally, as we send aircraft carriers into the South China Sea.
All these deaths rest firmly upon the head of Donald Trump, who could have locked the nation down, suspended the stock market, mandated testing and contact tracing and beat the bug. Trump did none of those things and instead divided the nation into 50 pieces by the lack of a national response creating a house divided against itself, intentionally. To avoid personal responsibility he shifted the burden of response to each, separate, state. He actually said “we’re backup”. He continues to do this as our nation sickens and dies.
Again this screams the basic military tactic of divide and conquer, so whom is conquering us? Trump and the Trumpets?
To reach herd immunity we need 70% plus of the nation infected, either by the disease which kills and maims or by a vaccine. 70% of 328,000,000; that is 229,600,000 infections, we have 2.5 million or so and the hospitals are overtaxed. Trump either does not see this basic math, or does not care and thinks it will kill off the poor, the blacks, the Latinos; and the dead, as we all know, do not vote.
I never thought I would view my own POTUS in the same fashion as a Dr. No type character, but he is either willfully blind or uncaring, is in an amazing denial of reality, or thinks he can manipulate a virus for political ends, which is magical thinking in extremis. Since he chooses to dog whistle to the racists in his base it is hard not to consider the Dr. No scenario a possibility. Holding a Rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth and then claiming he never heard of it? Another rally at Rushmore, which is an insult to the Lakota and Dakota peoples as well as all Native peoples.
Who does such things that is not, at heart, a Dr. No type character?
Rushmore is a vibrant reminder that they were conquered by our ancestors who did not consider them human; who tore their families apart and sent their children to Christian schools where they were stripped of their culture and language and abused regularly. Conquered by White Christians who engraved their heroes onto the Lakota people’s own ‘Notre Dame’, their sanctified and holy space. Their religious freedom counted for nothing in our first amendment. Only White Men had rights under our constitution, others were seen as less than human, not fully human, and unable to care for themselves.
A vaccine is likely years away despite the high hopes of many. If we get one early as Fauci seems to believe, I do not see how its efficacy is actually tested. I suspect they fear bad vaccine results less than the virus running amok and its actual efficacy will be tested upon us all. There has simply not been enough time to adequately test efficacy in humans, no long term effects could be known because no one has used it long term. We are shooting at black cats in a dark room here.
This is Donald Trump’s July 3rd speech. This is not a unifying speech, it is a rallying of the troops against a foreign enemy speech. So who are the troops, Trumps base? The rest being any citizen who does not line up with Trump?
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children. Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive, but no, the American people are strong and proud and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history, and culture to be taken from them.
One of their political weapons is cancel culture, driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and to our values and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.
This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty must be stopped and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children from this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.
Make no mistake. This left-wing Cultural Revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.
Not on my watch.”
In this speech Donald Trump is declaring the majority of Americans as anti-american, as enemies of America itself out to destroy America. In reality it is a part of America insisting that they too get an equal chance at ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. Donald Trump has declared most of America itself as enemies of America. As my response to this I am labeling deaths from here on out as Trump’s kills of Americans, as his inaction is killing us as he seeks to divide us.
The speech reeks of fear.
“The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets and cities that are run by liberal Democrats in every case is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions. Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies, all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”—Donald Trump July 3rd, 2020
Reality is many Americans have grown up and realized that what we were spoon fed as children in school was slanted, a half-truth which ignores a large swath of our society. That the noblest of those ideals, which Trump himself touts in the opening of his speech, have never been equally available to all Americans.
“They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said; ““All men are created equal.” These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom.” Donald Trump July 3rd, 2020
The POTUS fails to realize that the march of freedom has never stopped, it led from the revolution to the Civil war, where men talked like Trump too. Where they said that the Union was out to destroy America, and their only action was to leave America as they did not want to evolve beyond slavery.
This is the hill Donald Trump chooses to die on? The GOP has now branded itself as the Confederacy, with Trump at the herald, and the hypocrisy of calling yourself ‘traditional America” remains unseen by those spouting it.
Legacy Media Headlines
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Point of Interest
Covid-19 may not have originated in China, Oxford University expert believes
“Coronavirus may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive – rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert believes. Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford, and visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues that there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia.
Last week, Spanish virologists announced they had found traces of the disease in samples of waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the coronavirus disease was seen in China. Italian scientists have also found evidence of coronavirus in sewage samples in Milan and Turin, in mid-December, many weeks before the first case was detected, while experts have found traces in Brazil in November. Dr Jefferson believes that many viruses lie dormant throughout the globe and emerge when conditions are favorable. “–Telegraph
July 6th, 2020
4:00 PM–Numbers time
July 6th, 2020
4:00 PM–Numbers time
Global Infected 11,317,637 11,520,461
Increase Infected 165,122 202,824
Global Dead 531,729 535,499
Increase Dead 4,025 3,770
Trump’s Coronavirus Body Count
US Infected 2,852,807 2,911,888
increase Infected 27,000 59,081
Trump CBC 129,718 130,101
Trump CBC increase 117 383
Infected in ME 3,415 3,423
Increase in ME 18 8
Maine deaths 105 109
Increase Maine deaths 0 4
and Climate Change Keeps on Truckin . . .
Is Climate Change Now Turning Alps’ Ice Pink in Italy? Scientists Investigate Mystery
Whilst I did this in isolation another 3,770 of my fellow humans died of C-19, of those 383 were my fellow Americans, and 4 of them my fellow Mainers.
And the Trump Body Count grew to 130,101