Saturday, May 30, 2020
The Daily Show - Trevor Noah - May 29, 2020
Trevor Noah: "Police In America Are Looting Black Bodies".
George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Show Social Distancing
Friday, May 29, 2020
|John Cleary, who was wounded by Ohio National Guardsman while a student at Kent State University in May 1970, fills the cover of Life magazine published a week after the historic shootings at the Ohio campus. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)|
|George Floyd dies at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. May 2020. (AP)|
In our time we have tumbled far from the Liberty Tree.
Every day, we witness presidential behavior that is at once outrageous, infantile, narcissistic psychopathic, sadistic, moronic, racist, cowardly, and misogynistic. Then we do nothing about it.
Somehow, we have all fallen to a new low, one totally lacking honor and dignity, as well as faithfulness to our ancestor’s highest accomplishment: the U.S. Constitution. By allowing Mr. Trump’s daily barrage of vileness to continue, we put our stamp of approval on it, conflating it each day with a new standard of low-level of acceptability.
Then, we just go about our daily activities.
Still, this morning, some of us at least, will pray that we have finally bottomed out, and the Trumpian era of chaos is finally showing signs of collapse. Because Mr. Trump’s latest outrage clearly promotes armed conflict. And, that is something no sane person call tolerate.
He is now confirming and supporting “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat”, plus calling Minneapolis protesters, “thugs”, then further glorifying violence by declaring: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
For me, Trump’s rhetoric brings back another May, 50 years ago.
Then is was May 1970, when another president labeled university protesters, “bums”. His rhetoric, while more “refined” than Mr. Trump’s, signaled the end of his time in office. Soon, most Americans would find some peace of mind as he boarded Marine One that last time, heading out of Washington, D.C.
Perhaps, Mr. Trump will follow the same game plan.
The Day the '60s Died - PBS - 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Florida Gov. DeSantis appears to be covering up COVID-19 deaths as "pneumonia deaths".
Only the Grim Reaper will be the clear winner in this "fix". Only when we start dealing with real data will we clearly see the truth about the COVID pandemic and begin to defeat it.
Here's the whole story...
More evidence emerges that Ron DeSantis is deliberately under reporting COVID-19 deaths in Florida, Mark Sumner, Daily Kos, alternet.com, 28 May 2020.
"Back in April, it became clear that Florida was intentionally hiding a list of daily deaths that had previously been compiled by county medical examiners. Since that time, those examiners, as well as hospitals and local officials, have complained that the number of COVID-19 deaths being reported in Governor Ron DeSantis regular updates, doesn’t match what they’re seeing in their areas. Last week, the scientist behind Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard was fired after she says she refused to alter numbers as she was told."
"With 52,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Florida is in the top ten states when it comes to infections. But the 2,300 recorded deaths is less than half of those from Michigan, a state with a similar number of cases. Considering the number of elderly residents and retirement communities, Florida’s relatively light death toll seemed somewhat miraculous, and DeSantis has been bragging both about the “success” of his policies and sneering at pundits that warned of potential disaster from his refusal to enforce social distancing guidelines."
"But there’s still more evidence that “miracle” isn’t the right word. The correct word is “con.” Because it looks like DeSantis has been taking COVID-19 deaths out of one column and inserting them into another."
"Even before the state took what had always been public information and began to hide if behind a newfound concern for privacy, there was evidence that DeSantis was covering up COVID-19 in the “Sunshine State.” On April 17, the Sun Sentinel warned that there was a spike in “pneumonia deaths” indicating that COVID-19 was already present and active in the state at a time when the official test results were showing a handful of cases. Even though flu cases were winding down in mid-March, pneumonia deaths had continued to head straight up. State Department of Health officials refused to comment on whether there was a connection between the soaring death count and the coronavirus, even as the official number of COVID-19 remained low."
"As a infectious disease from George Mason University made clear, “It is likely that they missed some COVID-19 deaths and reported them as respiratory deaths.” However, while it might have been possible that deaths in March and early April were missed simply because state officials weren’t keyed to look for COVID-19 deaths, that certainly wasn’t true after that day."
Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now - 1972
Sunday, May 24, 2020
|Robby the Robot was one of the good guys. Please see *below.|
Oh, how low can they go? We now know... really, really, deep, deep down, now that the king of Republican character assassins, Karl Rove, has joined the campaign.
Here's he whole story....
"Jevin West, who runs the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington, told Vice last month that the “real goal” of COVID-19 disinformation campaigns is “about creating distrust in the overall ecosystem and institutions. It’s not so much about picking a side as it is about creating confusion and doubt and distrust of authority.”
"For a deeper dive in what Carley’s team is doing, check out the video below based on research gathered through early April:"
Bots Are Likely Responsible For Nearly Half Of COVID-19 Tweets, Say Researchers, Mary Papenfuss, huffpost.com, 24 May 2020.
Many of them are promoting fake cures, spreading conspiracy theories and pushing to “re-open America.”
Nearly half of some 200 million tweets about COVID-19 likely came from bots, with many of them plugging false cures, peddling conspiracy theories and clamoring for the U.S. to drop safety measures in order to re-open America, researchers have found.
Ongoing research by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University indicates that a significant portion of the social media conversation about COVID-19 is likely automated amplifications of political perspectives and do not represent individual human authors.
The study has reached no conclusion about which interests may be primarily responsible for the bots, but many of the messages are repeating information from Russian and Chinese state media. During the 2016 presidential election, computer operations linked to the Kremlin were found to be responsible for campaign tweets and other messages that further divided the American electorate by amplifying controversy.
*I remember watching Forbidden Planet, the 1956 science fiction movie at our neighborhood theater, The Ellet, in Akron, Ohio. Robby was one of the good guys in the film. Dr. Morbius created him to be servant. Robby had a dry wit about him and was fantastically smart as well as physically strong. All characteristics I admire. Most importantly, he was programmed against killing or hurting humans – programming modern bots lack. More about Robby.
Dr. Kathleen M. Carley - Social Media and COVID19
Thursday, May 21, 2020
We need to hear that message of peace today.
Unearthed - The Jesus Boat
24 Mar 2020
Unearthed in 1986 after a long drought in Israel. Two brothers from the local Kibbutz were exploring along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. To their surprise and excitement, they stumbled upon what has become one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in history—a fully intact First Century Galilean fishing boat. ”Unearthed” will re-visit the initial discovery and excavation of this amazing boat, with archived footage and recent interviews with the two brothers who made the remarkable discovery.
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What does 100,000 deaths buy?
How about more unemployed Americans than during the Great Depression?
Or, millions of Americans without even the pennies to buy milk for their babies or a trip to the doctor?
Entropy. That is what we have bought.
That is what we now have under Mr. Trump's administration.
Disorder of the most spectacular degree.
Just as a generation obliterated itself rushing headlong into blazing machine guns during WWI, we too, are rushing, arms and legs akimbo, downhill toward our ultimate destruction.
God Save Us, please, from ourselves as we all stumble on, doing nothing to stop our mass suicide.
Here's how we got to this point... Leadership...What leadership?
This stunningly detailed timeline of Trump’s failures shows America’s coronavirus crisis was a man-made disaster
Hypocrisy Abounds and so does "presidential voter lawbreaking
Trump’s Florida voter registration trips ups his Mar-a-Lago plans
Trump: Letting Big Corporations Get Away with Whatever They Want
by Ralph Nader
The Trump Death Clock
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Where are you?
Finally, someone is saying the truth. Why aren't you?.
The "conservative Republican" Lincoln Project is saying the TRUTH you should have been saying, too. Are you going to accept 3,000+ deaths per day just because Trump is a total incompetent and a psychopath?
Mourning in America
May 4, 2020
The Lincoln Project
Donald Trump’s failed presidency has left the nation weaker, sicker, and teetering on the verge of a new Great Depression.
There’s mourning in America.
Sunday, May 3, 2020
|Sculptor George Segal and his sculpture in memory of students slain and wounded at Kent State by Ohio National Guardsmen, entitled: In Memory of May 4, 1970: Kent State-Abraham and Isaac.|
What is needed today, yet remains as elusive as time itself?
Every day, in the era of Trump, we struggle between virulent ideology and uncommon sense. Each day brings more deaths due to incompetence and one of mankind's most often sounded ideological excuses for inhumanity, "...it's us vs. them".
It has been 50 years since Ohio National Guardsmen murdered four and wounded nine unarmed students on the campus of Kent State University. Please go here for the story: When Demagogues & Incompetence Rule Innocents Die.
It is 50 years later, and we are still sacrificing our children to the god of "us vs. them" as John "Derf" Backderf's recent graphic novel, Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, depicts.*
|Art credit: One page from Derf Backderf's book*. See Publisher's Weekly review here: Four Dead in Ohio: Derf Backderf On Kent State, Rob Kirby, 4 Feb 2020.|
Back then, we were a nation deliberately manipulate and divided by politicians wielding their “us vs. them” weapon. The war in Vietnam had gone on for years well before Nixon’s extension into Cambodia. It was that “illegal” addition to the American blunder in Southeast Asia that led to student protests throughout the nation, including Kent State.
Protesting for an end to the war was conflated by the Nixon administration and Republican Party supporters as an attack on the ‘Silent Majority”, the “blue- and white-collar workers the "Forgotten Man of American politics" and on Americanism, the mainstream “us vs. them” philosophy of the time.
Sounds markedly like, Make America Great Again, does it not? That is because it is. It is just recycled “us vs. them”.
KSU "closure" will finally begin when, together, the student body, the Kent State University administration, the State of Ohio and the people of Kent, Ohio, bring back to campus George Segal’s statue, In Memory of May 4, 1970: Kent State - Abraham and Isaac.
Segal was commissioned in 1977 by KSU to create a memorial statue honoring the 4 May 1970 tragedy. But, in 1979, his work was refused by KSU administration as "too violent".
KSU needs to hold the memorial statue's dedication ceremony along with a Native American smudging or “cleansing”. Both of which should have been done back in 1979. It would be a major step forward for KSU, Ohio, the United States and humanity. It will help us confront one of our deepest, darkest truths: our national willingness to sacrifice our youth. When we do, perhaps, we will free ourselves of that terrible, haunting demon.
Segal’s, In Memory of May 4, 1970: Kent State - Abraham and Isaac can be found displayed outside of the Princeton University Chapel. This description is attached to it:
The artist depicts contemporary versions of Abraham and Isaac in an allegory for the May 4, 1970, tragedy at Kent State University. A poignant visualization of humankind's struggle between ideology and paternal love, it mirrors the conflict that led to the death of four students at the hands of the Ohio National Guard. Though Abraham looks poised to strike his son, the artist emphasized that Genesis 22 ends without tragedy, as Isaac is spared.
I hope that it works out that way for us today, the Genesis 22 way, and we spare our children the inevitable tragic outcome of a USA once again driven by "us vs. them".
Until then, I will be looking for the KSU – our USA - smudging ceremony, offering this prayer:
Native American Smudging Prayer
May your hands be cleansed
that they create beautiful things
May your feet be cleansed
that they take you where
you most need to be
May your heart be cleansed
that you may hear
its message clearly
May your throat be cleansed
that you might speak rightly
when words are needed
May your eyes be cleanse
that you might see the signs
and wonders of this world
May (we) and (this) space
be washed clean by the some
of these fragrant plants
And may this same smoke
carry your prayers to
the spiraling heavens
*WKSU, Kent State’s public radio station, is doing good work. This programming is an excellent step forward.
Friday, May 1, 2020
With the dead numbering more than 60,000 and more than 1 million sickened, we have now amassed more unnecessary deaths from COVID-19 in four short months than the 10 years of the Vietnam War.
Sadly, we as a nation have learned nothing over the intervening 50 plus years. We stand mute and idle while the President of the United States orders workers to risk sacrificing their lives and the lives of their loved ones to make pork chops. Like the Vietnam War draftees who were sacrificed to make a psychopathic, disgraced President successful, our COVID-19 victims have died as a result of a big lie and leadership incompetence.
We are still willing to sacrifice "others" in order to continue with our American Life Style.
Everyone of the 61,000 plus were living people, with family and friends. They had lives. They loved and were loved. Now they are gone. Needlessly.