2013 – Center for Investigative Reporting breaks story this week that the State of California improperly sterilized nearly 150 incarcerated women between 2006 and 2010.July 9th
I start with this dramatic photo today:
It’s the “Youth Honorable Mention” winner in the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards.
There’s other spectacular and winning photo of birds which I suggest you check out.
I chose this one because it symbolizes how I feel when I see this headline from Wednesday:
Here’s what jumps out at me – 59,000 new cases reported nationally on Wed; 5th national record set in nine days and a total of THREE MILLION CASES in the U.S. reached on Tuesday.
I feel like the coronavirus is the roadrunner in the photo above and we in the U.S. are the stunned frog getting gripped before being completely devoured.
In my Pandemic Playlist #8 – PROTEST for Racial Justice, I shared this song – a favorite of mine since it was released in 1988.
I find question in the refrain so compelling: “How can we dance when our earth is turning? How do we sleep when our beds are burning?”
It’s a wake up call applicable for our situation now.
How can we stay silent in the face of the gross mishandling of this crisis by our high levels of leaders?
How do we sleep when we may be approaching 200,000 Americans dead from COVID before the summer ends? (as of today it’s 132,000 dead Americans)
Three articles I saw this week made me angry and wondering WHY AREN’T AMERICANS IN THE STREETS DEMANDING MORE FROM POTUS#45 and HIS EMPLOYEES?
This article speaks for itself:
Key quote from the article:
“A lot people thought once the alarm was sounded back in March surely the federal government would fix this, but that hasn’t happened,” said Deborah Burger, a California nurse and president of National Nurses United, a union representing registered nurses.
Like many health-care workers, Burger blamed the Trump administration for the lack of equipment, noting the administration has insisted the responsibility falls to state and local officials, with the federal government playing only a supporting role.https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/07/08/ppe-shortage-masks-gloves-gowns/
All I can say to this is that it’s SHAMEFUL POTUS#45 had the time to solve this basic and critical problem and HE DIDN’T
So how is POTUS#45 responding?
Over the Holiday Weekend, besides railing on about the danger of the liberals tearing down Confederate monuments, he said this:
The Fact Check team at the Washington Post did some research and concluded:
The World Health Organization in March said that “for covid-19, data to date suggest that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring ventilation.”
A review of 21 reports in April indicated that as few as 5 percent and as many as 80 percent are asymptomatic. Neither of those figures comes close to 99 percent.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/08/trumps-claim-that-99-percent-covid-9-cases-are-totally-harmless/
Thus, they conclude and give POTUS#45 this rating for his claim:
And check out their short video which explains the number of cases and the overall severity of COVID-19.
So, that “whopper” of a claim came from the mouth of POTUS#45.
What are people close to him saying “off the record” about his hopes for the future, especially as he tries to improve his terrible “approval rating” and win re-election?
White House officials also hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll and learn to accept tens of thousands of new cases a day, according to three people familiar with the White House’s thinking, who requested anonymity to reveal internal deliberations. Americans will “live with the virus being a threat,” in the words of one of those people, a senior administration official.
“They’re of the belief that people will get over it or if we stop highlighting it, the base will move on and the public will learn to accept 50,000 to 100,000 new cases a day,” said a former administration official in touch with the campaign.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-and-biden-campaigns-shift-focus-to-coronavirus-as-pandemic-surges/2020/07/06/53a4ec50-bd62-11ea-80b9-40ece9a701dc_story.html
Basically, POTUS#45’s “team” is admitting they believe there’s nothing they can do to stop the carnage COVID continues to cause and that Americans will stop caring about the suffering caused by increasing infection numbers and subsequent deaths of COVID-19 .
Again, SHAMEFUL denial and defeatism. Plus total cynicism and cruelty.
As the numbers of COVID cases rise and POTUS#45 does less and less each day to stop the virus from consuming this nation, I wonder how many more editorials with headlines like this we will see in “mainstream,” “moderate” publications like USA Today:
Many governors have distinguished themselves; some who have followed the president and downplayed the virus have learned a bitter lesson. Their astronomical approval ratings show that they have earned the admiration and respect of their people for their unstinting efforts to deal with this unprecedented crisis. The National Governors Association, led by Republican Chairman Larry Hogan of Maryland and Democratic Vice Chairman Andrew Cuomo of New York, should call for Trump to resign.
I recognize that such an action seems unlikely. The Republicans are constrained by party loyalties, and Republicans and Democrats alike will worry about federal aid and retaliation from a vindictive president. But the governors are both patriots and practical people, and they understand the stakes. If Hogan and Cuomo were to get the ball rolling, others would have the courage to follow their lead, and pressure could quickly build that would rid us of the dangerous narcissist sitting in the White House.https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/07/08/trump-presidency-must-end-now-governors-can-help-column/3286002001/