And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Linkee-poo is a pretty nice girl but she doesn't have a lot to say

"For any early birds who have ventured outside in the US this week, you may have seen a tiny — yet spectacular — sight in the pre-dawn sky. A comet with a bright, opulent tail has been gracing the skies in the wee morning hours before sunrise, and it’s been giving photographers quite the show for the last week."

"Fighting a surge in coronavirus cases in the spring, Florida appeared to be 'flattening the curve' as theme parks shuttered, sugar sand beaches closed and residents heeded orders to stay home. Now, it’s almost as if that never happened."

"Congestion, runny nose, nausea and diarrhea are the four most recent COVID-19 symptoms that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added to its growing list of potential signs of the novel coronavirus." I'm old enough to remember when those symptoms were considered to be signs that you had a regular flu and not the coronavirus.

"The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park near Tokyo has an unorthodox request for its roller coaster riders… 'Please scream inside your heart,' and not out loud, the park is asking. The unusual ask is meant to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus." Aren't we all screaming inside our hearts these days?

"As President Donald Trump threatens to cut funding to schools that don't reopen in the fall and continues to host mega-rallies as cases of coronavirus increase, there appears to be a growing rift between the Trump White House and its top health advisers." The president has given up on COVID-19, because he knows it's a loser for him.

"With rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations sending many states backward in their reopening plans, one health expert warns that if the US continues on its current path it will reach 'one of the most unstable times in the history of our country.'" And they're only talking about the healthcare side of the problems we face.

"ICE is offering a six-week course on how to arrest immigrants - including 'firearms and defensive training' - as critics warns they are using private citizens as their eyes and ears." American Stasi? This is bad. This is very bad.

"'That whole thing about the bad apple? I hate when people say that,' Rizer tells me. 'The bad apple rots the barrel. And until we do something about the rotten barrel, it doesn’t matter how many good fucking apples you put in.'" The problem with the police. "The ideology holds that the world is a profoundly dangerous place: Officers are conditioned to see themselves as constantly in danger and that the only way to guarantee survival is to dominate the citizens they’re supposed to protect. The police believe they’re alone in this fight; police ideology holds that officers are under siege by criminals and are not understood or respected by the broader citizenry. These beliefs, combined with widely held racial stereotypes, push officers toward violent and racist behavior during intense and stressful street interactions."

"A federal judge on Friday blocked a new federal regulation that would have required insurers on the Obamacare exchanges that cover abortions to issue separate bills for that coverage… The decision marks a setback in the Trump administration's long-standing efforts to limit abortion access through federal programs. Planned Parenthood of Maryland and several individuals who buy health insurance on their states' exchanges filed the lawsuit in February, with lawyers from Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation representing plaintiffs."

How go the Trade Wars? "President Donald Trump said Friday that he isn’t thinking about a possible next stage of the U.S. trade deal with China, adding that the relationship between the two nations has been 'severely damaged' by the coronavirus pandemic." I know, I'm shocked too.

"The one certainty about the outlook for companies in a COVID-19 world is that second-quarter earnings will be very bad — the worst, in fact, in more than 10 years… Although Wall Street is betting that earnings will start bouncing off the bottom in the third quarter, the beginning point for that bounce is unknown, and early indications suggest the rebound’s magnitude may not match investors’ hopes." Jazz hands.

"Five people have been killed after attackers stormed a South African church, reportedly amid an argument over its leadership… South African police said they had rescued men, women and children from a 'hostage situation' on the outskirts of Johannesburg on Saturday morning."

"Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region along the border with China, was arrested in Khabarovsk on Thursday and was flown to Moscow for interrogation that lasted nearly until midnight. On Friday, the Basmanny District Court ruled that he should be held behind bars for two months as the investigation continues." Stay safe, my Russian friends.

"The company (Goya) that makes products used in many Hispanic cuisines but whose following extends well outside of that range, is getting some backlash after its CEO praised President Donald Trump at a White House event."

"Weeks before President Donald Trump accepts his party's nomination, cracks are deepening within the party as a host of GOP lawmakers distance themselves from the Republican standard bearer as they weigh their election chances in November." But it's just about their perception of the president' popularity, not any real disagreement.

"Weeks after launching his presidential campaign, Joe Biden predicted that once President Donald Trump was defeated, Republican lawmakers would have an 'epiphany' and be more willing to cooperate with Democrats to solve the country’s problems." They will have an "epiphany", not to actually help fix the problems they've caused, but to avoid punishment. Their policies and priorities will remain exactly the same.

"President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend and political adviser Roger Stone on Friday, days before Stone was required to begin his 40-month prison term for lying to Congress about the Trump campaign's ties to WikiLeaks." The president is the head of a long time criminal conspiracy.

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