Friday, April 10, 2020

Necropolitics in Wisconsin


The global COVID-19 pandemic has come home to roost, bringing to the forefront one massive question:

Why do we tolerate our corrupt society?

We live in a world where American-style predatory capitalism continuously runs wild, where oppression and exploitation are celebrated and rewarded while humanitarianism is denigrated. It is a world where those who serve the society honorably - nurses, hospital workers, police and firemen, grocery store workers - are the lowest paid in greenbacks but expected to willingly give their lives to keep the economy grinding forward.

In a blatant display of inhumanity, to cite but one example, the United States Supreme Court refused to extend by a week the deadline by which an absentee ballot could be postmarked, forcing Wisconsin voters, during the raging COVID-19 pandemic, to go to "... one of the few available polling stations – in Milwaukee only five of 180 designated polling stations were open – and risk exposure to Covid-19, or follow the state’s stay-at-home order."

"Residents had to choose between voting or protecting their health – proving Wisconsin has turned into a vanguard of the Republican assault on democracy."

Why?
"Yes, there was the Democratic primary, but that was of little concern to the Republican lawmakers. Of great concern, however, was Tuesday’s vote in a state supreme court contest. This vote pitted the sitting state supreme court justice Daniel Kelly, a strong conservative voice on the bench, against Jill Karofsky, a lower court judge supported by progressives."

How?
"All this is as shocking as it is unsurprising. Wisconsin, once a thriving crucible of progressive politics, has turned into a vanguard of the Republican assault on democracy. Remember that the commanding Republican advantage in the state assembly is itself a creature of grotesque gerrymandering: despite winning only 46% of the state vote in 2018, state Republicans succeeded in capturing 66 of the 99 seats in the state assembly. Recall, too, that no sooner had Tony Evers secured the governorship in 2018, then this same gerrymandered body raced to strip the newly elected Democrat of powers long enjoyed by the state’s chief executive."

In pursuit of political control to preserve its catbird seat for pulling off unrestrained graft and corruption, the Republican Party has for decades openly trounced upon democracy at every chance, sucking the life blood from the common people of the United States.

In its putrid, biowarfare-like attack, the Republican Party has throttled our civil rights, torn apart our government and destroyed our meager, but hard-won social safety net - social security, Medicare, unemployment insurance. Only a cursory glance at the record reveals a ceaseless, and to-date sadly successful, psychopathic campaign to eliminate and/or underfund environmental protection, health care, clean water, public education, safe workplaces, pensions, and programs to care for the elderly and disadvantaged.

By using the COVID-19 pandemic to force Necropolitics in Wisconsin, that is dictate, which "people may live and how some must die", the Republican Party has also literally murdered our hard-won democratic republic.

Here's the story...

Yes, Wisconsin Republicans used the pandemic to stop people from voting, Lawrence Douglas, the guardian.com, 9 Apr 2020.

Should I vote or should I protect my health? That was the stark choice that Wisconsin voters faced on Tuesday – thanks to their elected state representatives. Like much of the rest of the nation, Wisconsin is under a statewide stay-at-home order. The order is designed to slow the spread of a disease that has already sickened nearly half a million Americans and taken the lives of 13,000.

Given the gravity of the threat, the mayors of Wisconsin’s 10 largest cities urged the state to delay the Tuesday election – lest the state put “hundreds of thousands of citizens at risk by requiring them to vote at the polls while this ugly pandemic spreads”. Nearly a dozen other states had already chosen to postpone their primaries given the national state of emergency. Invoking his emergency powers, the state’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, likewise sought to delay the election until early June.

But Wisconsin said no. In a decision staggering in its cynicism and recklessness, the Republican-controlled state legislature flatly refused to delay the election. What did they hope to gain?

Yes, there was the Democratic primary, but that was of little concern to the Republican lawmakers. Of great concern, however, was Tuesday’s vote in a state supreme court contest. This vote pitted the sitting state supreme court justice Daniel Kelly, a strong conservative voice on the bench, against Jill Karofsky, a lower court judge supported by progressives.


Please, go here for the whole story.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

It Takes a Virus to Kill Alternative Facts



Finally, an “Alternative Facts” Vaccine

I have often wondered how we would shelter ourselves from the Trumpists’ Republican Party “Alternative Facts” torrential downpour, as in the unrelenting lying, distortion, misleading, gaslighting, which they have showered upon the world since God made Little Green Apples.

Well, here is the first ray of sunshine in an otherwise dismally gray, never ending horror story, “Sorting Facts from Fiction”. And, while it’s a “ray of sunshine” it is forbiddingly sad to relate it is also riding upon COVID-19’s Death Wagon. Still, one could claim a positive from the COVID-19 pandemic - it takes a virus to kill another virus, as in the "Alternative Facts Virus".

It has taken the murderous, colossal COVIS-19 pandemic to out another equally horrendous plague – the Trumpists’ Republican Party “Alternative Facts” plague.

WASHLITE the Alternative Facts Vaccine

A nonprofit, based in Washington state, the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), has brought suit against FOX News Corp. and its owner Rupert Murdoch, AT&T TV and COMCAST for “Calling Coronavirus a ‘Hoax’”.

WASHLITE is seeking an injunction, “…to prohibit the conservative-leaning outlet from ‘interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.’”

WASHLITE’s Arthur West, said that its members, “have run into people who still believe earlier Fox News reports that the pandemic was a hoax”.

Could it be that the god of “Truth and Justice”, in the form of the WASHLITE Alternative Facts Vaccine, has finally emerged from slumber and the end of darkness is at hand? It may be that the fragile Angle of Truth has once more found her wings and may soon soar again.

We will see what happens next as to how the Rs squash the suit so they can continue infecting truth.

Washington State Group Is 1st to Sue Fox News for Calling Coronavirus a ‘Hoax’, Ken Stone, timesofsandiego.com, 2 Apr 2020.

An obscure Washington state group has become the first in the nation to sue Fox News over its coronavirus coverage, asking a state court to keep the cable network from airing false information about the pandemic.

The 10-page complaint — filed Thursday in King County — also names as defendants Fox News Corp., owner Rupert Murdoch, AT&T TV and COMCAST.

It seeks an injunction to prohibit the conservative-leaning outlet from “interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.”

Reacting in a statement, Lily Fu Claffee, general counsel for FOX News Media, told Times of San Diego: “Wrong on the facts, frivolous on the law. We will defend vigorously and seek sanctions as appropriate.”

Arthur West, leader of the 3-year-old Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics, or WASHLITE, the plaintiff, said in a phone interview that its members have run into people who still believe earlier Fox News reports that the pandemic was a hoax.

(One board member was diagnosed with coronavirus, he said, asking the name be withheld.)

The case, filed at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, has been assigned to Judge Ken Schubert — with no hearing date set. West said the defendants haven’t yet been formally served notice of the case.

Fox News interfered with social distancing measures, West said from the state first slammed by the virus.

“That’s the real evil of this type of programming,” West said. “We believe it delayed and interfered with a prompt and adequate response to this coronavirus pandemic within the state of Washington.”

West denied that the nonprofit group (with perhaps 30 associate members) was aiming to stifle First Amendment rights.

-Go Here for the Whole Story-

Any doubts about FOX News? Please watch this...

Saluting the Heroes of the Coronavirus Pandumbic | The Daily Show



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Hannity. Rush. Dobbs. Ingraham. Pirro. Nunes. Tammy. Geraldo. Doocy. Hegseth. Schlapp. Siegel. Watters. Dr. Drew. Henry. Ainsley. Gaetz. Inhofe. Pence. Kudlow. Conway. Trump. We salute the Heroes of the Pandumbic.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Behind the Virus Veil

"Powers that Be" unleash a new control tool.*

Early on, that is, only a few weeks ago, Mr. Trump claimed the virus pandemic that is now claiming tens of thousands of lives was a “hoax".

Why would he say that?

Let's ponder the questions for a few minutes. After all, while in lock down and isolation, we have a great deal of time, don't we?

So, to hoaxing, Trumpian style.

Why did he claim the virus was a hoax?

Could it be because the form of hoaxing he practices is lying to profit himself and fellow grifters?

Trumpian Hoaxing is the form of deception, misinformation, misdirection, he has successfully practiced all his life. Hence, why not continue doing so? It works for him. After all, his lack of morality, integrity, and lying supremacy got him the White House, didn't it?

Still, why claim the virus a hoax?

There are obvious answers:

  • It's all about ratings. People support the leader in front of them in times of crisis. But, more importantly, the hoax claim has always worked with his loyal supporters – it’s like tossing raw meat to hungry animals.
  • To cover his mistakes. It’s easy to deny incompetence by misdirecting attention and blaming the Democrats, Obama, the Chinese, the state governors, even the medical people.

For me, the not so obvious answers for perpetuating the “hoax” claim until as late as 1 Apr is to camouflage the truth and keep people from discovering the objectives behind the virus pandemic, some of which are:

  1. Limit voting – by the wrong people. Yes, in one of his “interviews” Mr. Trump mentioned this.
  2. End the “social safety net” which has been despised by Republicans since it was put in place by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930's. To this day, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, “welfare” and Medicare and Medicaid, to say nothing about “Obamacare”, continue to be targeted by Republicans. After all, there is no need for universal healthcare if the elderly and unhealthy, those with all those "comorbidities" no longer exist.
  3. Undermine the previous protections adopted Congress and “enforced” by various federal departments, such as the Environmental Protections Agency.
  4. Keep the white, mega-wealthy elites, the .01%, on top.

The problem with viruses.
Like gas warfare and other forms of biological warfare, viruses kill indiscriminately, especially if the winds change direction and a countering vaccine is not available.

Oh, and one more thing. Viruses have a tendency to mutate.

No one, not even the “powers that be”, are truly immune. Eventually, even the mega-wealthy will one day breathe the air outside their compounds. And, the mutated virus will be waiting for them, too.

One never knows who it will kill next.

More about population control here:
Population control: Is it a tool of the rich?, Mike Gallager, BBC, 28 Oct 2011.
or, here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00k8trt#synopsis


*Art credit: The death follows you, MargaritaDiaz6, Altered added COVID-19 image.


Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Laughs


Art credit: keefknight for Comics, 24 Mar 2020.

For my Trumpist friends in Florida, Ohio and Michigan... At least we are now No. 1 at something!

And, for my Libertarian/Tea Party/Trumpist friends everywhere... Cash that check!

Art Credit: Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press, USA Today, 28 Mar 2020.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Overcoming Our BullSh**t Virus Infection

Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

Disinformation, gaslighting and outright lying has infected us all.

If we do not find a way to determine truth from disinformation we will soon find ourselves on our deathbeds.

But, sadly, we no longer have even the weakest grasp on truth. And, even worse, we don't know who to go to for the leadership qualities we must have to help extricate our nation from the quicksand we have willfully walked into.

How will we disinfect ourselves and inoculate ourselves from our BullSh**t Virus infection?

We don't know what leadership is because most of us have never seen a leader in our lifetimes.

So, what are the personal characteristics of a good leader?

Mr. Trump does not live in the "good leader" universe. Why? because he has needlessly put all of us at risk of losing our lives. Please read this to understand why I make this statement.

The missing six week:How Trump failed the biggest test of his life, Ed Pilkington, Tom McCarthy, the guardian.com, 28 Mar 2020.

And, even more sadly, neither do the rest of our political leaders. Who, then, is the leader we need? Will that person emerge from our political rabble? And, if he/she does, how will we know him/her?

Let's take a look at who the undisputed leader of our nation, George Washington, believed was a great leader, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus. While I admire his leadership skills and personal life code, I am not calling for a modern day U.S. dictator.

Cincinnatus - A Leader Geo. Washington Respected

Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus  (519 BC – 430 BC) a Roman aristocrat and statesman whose service as consul in 460 BC and dictator in 458 BC and 439 BC made him a model of civic virtue. Twice granted supreme power, Cincinnatus held onto it for not a day longer than absolutely necessary. Early in his life, due to the actions of his son, Caeso Quinctius, Cincinnatus was forced to pay an immense fine, to sell most of his lands and compelled to live in humble circumstances on a small farm, where he and his family were able to subsist on the work of his hands. George Washington admired Cincinnatus. Today, would we value or denigrate Cincinnatus for placing public service above personal gain? (Wikipedia)


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bet Your Life


The other day Mr. Trump announced, against the recommendation of his own medical “experts”, that he wants you to go back to work because staying at home in self-quarantine is, “worse than the virus.” “We have to get the economy working,” he continued.

Go back to work, without being tested and clear of the virus, without a face mask, without, maintaining "six feet of social distance", and without hospitals throughout the nation capable of dealing with the influx of COVID-19 victims. And, knowing that COVID-19 not only kills older people, but younger, seemingly healthy ones, too.

Are you willing to let him bet your life to stimulate his economy?

Monday, March 23, 2020

First Steps to Beginning Again



Here are the first three steps we must take to move forward toward "beginning again":
  1. Provide Free COVID-19, mandatory testing kits for every person to use while at home and at work on a regular basis until this pandemic has run its course. All of us must take the tests and results must be reported to a local, public healthcare authority. Those who are ill must be monitored and provided free healthcare.
  2. Unlimited, free face masks for every person to wear while away from home. Face masks must be worn while away from home in order to help stem the pandemic while people return to their pre-COVID-19 daily activities.
  3. We must expand Medicare and the Affordable Care Act to cover every citizen. Americans must have medical care, free from financial burden, in order to encourage them to seek healthcare if they are ill.
Taylor Swift - Begin Again - 2012