Pandemic Articles, Videos and Photos O’ Day 106

1844– After slavery is declared illegal in Oregon, the state this week passes first laws prohibiting black people from residing in state and authorizing whipping of black people found there.

June 28th


[Analysis] “A Debate Over Identity and Race Asks: Are African-Americans ‘black’ or ‘Black?'”

[Update] “What the George Floyd Protests Have Achieved in Just Two Weeks” (dated June 4, 2020)

[Nature] “World Record Lightning ‘Megaflash’ in South America – 440 miles long – Confirmed by Scientists”

[Analysis] – “Some Republicans Are Choosing Rosy Assessments as the Full Coronavirus Picture Grows More Grim”

[History] “The Virus that Crushed the Roman Army”


The video from which the photo above has some harsh words in it. I’ll say more about those below.

For that here’s some words which are bizarre, confounding and frightening.

Here’s the answer from POTUS#45 in writing so that you can grasp just how nonsensical and weird it is:

Well, one of the things that will be really great, you know the word experience is still good. I always say talent is more important than experience. I’ve always said that. But the word experience is a very important word. It’s an — a very important meaning.

I never did this before. I never slept over in Washington. I was in Washington, I think, 17 times. All of a sudden, I’m president of the United States. You know the story. I’m riding down Pennsylvania Avenue with our First Lady and I say, ‘This is great. But I didn’t know very many people in Washington. It wasn’t my thing. I was from Manhattan, from New York. Now I know everybody, and I have great people in the administration.”

You make some mistakes. Like, you know, an idiot like Bolton. All he wanted to do was drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to kill people.


The anger behind the profanity in this video is in response to so much insanity from POTUS#45 and the racist system he celebrates. I’m not a fan of language of this kind or degree and I try to use as little as possible of the “F-word” in my own speech.

But, I do get the anger from the most important (and one of the first) rap/hip-hop groups in the history of popular music. The reason I’m posting this video here, is because this isn’t an obscure group jumping on an angry political bandwagon.

No, 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Public Enemy has been “Fighting the Power” for more than 30 years now:

That was 1987, in the heights of Reaganism.

Thirty-three years later and posted on June 19th here they are in the days of POTUS#45 and the lynching of George Floyd:

One of the top comments in the YouTube posting of this video. It’s not written by me, but it could be written by me:

50 year old white dude here, embarrassing his kids to this tune while driving….I say let them stare…solidarity will prevail!

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