COVID-19 body count is just a numbers game to Trump

He actually thinks the medical community is lying, that they don’t REALLY need all that equipment. Hard to believe that somehow, we elected this jerk.

THE SHINBONE STAR

From the start, going back most likely to December when the dreaded and deadly word coronavirus reached the White House, it’s been a numbers game for Impeached President Donald J. Trump. A master marketer of his personal and political brand, Trump realized that if the body count from COVID-19 in the U.S. reached pandemic levels during 2020, his re-election bid could be in serious jeopardy.

So Trump and his enablers developed a strategy — similar to what the Pentagon’s propaganda machine used during the Vietnam War — to minimize the visibility of the deadly disease while working feverishly behind the scenes to keep the number of deaths low and, more importantly for his campaign purposes, out of the headlines.

On Jan. 21, the first American was diagnosed with the virus. A day later while in Davos, Switzerland attending the World Economic Forum, Trump was asked if he was worried about…

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HOW OFTEN DO PLAGUES HIT OUR WORLD? – Marilyn Armstrong

Epidemics happen and they happen regularly and surprisingly often. Humans have a funny way of forgetting anything that happened more than 10 years ago. Not studying history is bad enough, but not remembering what you actually lived through is pathetic.

This is an article about plagues: when they occurred and where. We don’t know much about ancient plagues except for two in China, about 5,000 years ago. But since the 14th century, there have become more common. The nearer we get to “now,” the more frequent plagues become.

This is the article if you care to do a little historical reading:
https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html

Many folks assume people dealt better with plagues back when we were more in tune with the earth and our environment. Nice theory, but not true. We didn’t deal with them any better. We died by the millions. If we hadn’t, we probably would have despoiled the earth even sooner.

There were fewer people in the world in the 14th century,  but following the Black Plague, entire cities disappeared. Provinces were wiped out. Nobody has the exact numbers, but it’s likely more than half — and possible more like 70% and above — died in that plague. It changed Europe, it changed world history.

There were no peasants left to till the soil leading to starvation. There was no medicine. There were areas in England where literally no one survived the plague. From the youngest baby to the oldest man or woman, everyone died. There was little communication and no one knew what was coming until it arrived.

The 14th century has been much written about because those have always been considered the worst years the human race ever experienced. The Plague hit in 1347 and returned three times during that century and several times in later centuries. It is still around today, but massive amounts of antibiotics keep most people alive. It’s still a killer.

In the 14th century, without antibiotics, hospitals, central government, and grueling poverty, it killed everyone it touched. Poverty was nearly universal. The Crusades had gutted the nobility. Between constant war and Plague, more than half of the nobles in England descended into peasantry or if they were lucky, the emerging middle class.

Some good came out of it, but the good part was the direct result of the millions of deaths. After the number of people was hugely reduced, survivors were able to improve their living conditions. Great manors were desperate for workers which gave serfs an opportunity to move up in the world. Though serfs were tied to the land, with many lords and ladies dead of plague or warfare, serfs could sell their services. It was the end of serfdom.

Closeness to the land didn’t help anyone. What helped was cleanliness, hygiene, and a minimum of rats. Jews who were “locked up” anyway survived better because they were cleaner than their neighbors and lived in areas with walls and didn’t go out into the community. They also had better doctors.

Plagues hit. Regularly and with the world so crowded, more often.

How much damage a plague does has everything to do with how contagious it is and who it kills. This one is less lethal than the Spanish Flu of 100-years ago, but it is more contagious. Thus far, it hasn’t mutated, which means that if and when they find a vaccine, it’s likely to be a long-term vaccine. Unlike the flu, you won’t need annual inoculations.

Covid 19 is less a killer than other plagues, but it kills. Despite medical advances, it responds to no known medications.

There are far too many morons in charge of other countries, but in the U.S. with all our power, this is a tragedy. Regardless of who wins the election in November, this is a terrible time in our history. We knew — anyone with a brain knew — this disease was coming. Our government did nothing. It’s not a failure to be in touch with the earth, though that is another major issue. We are paying a heavy price for allowing and encouraging bad government.

Did you not think having an ignorant, bigoted president who has probably never read a book would fail to come back to haunt you? Some chickens always come home to roost.

HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED SINCE THE PANDEMIC? – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s Provocative Question #62


Over the past few weeks, each of us has had to make some sacrifices due to the global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have had to make adjustments to how we go about our daily lives. My provocative question this week is simply this:

I really haven’t given up anything except seeing doctors, getting haircuts, and going grocery shopping more than once a week. Garry goes out more than I do, but that is because I don’t go out at all. I’m much too at risk to take a chance. There have been a lot more cases in our area than we thought there would be. I thought our relative isolation might keep us safer — and it has. Safer isn’t the same as safe. We are better off than Boston and enormously better off than New York, but we aren’t out of the woods.

Essentially, though life has been the same except I’m sleeping more. I write, take pictures, play some online bridge, watch the news, and read. That’s not, in any meaningful way, much different than our usual way of life, though we usually go out a little more than this. But just a little bit.

Chepstow Castle and the Curse of the Marshals

If you can’t get out, at least you can enjoy a trip to a great castle from long ago in history. Imagine a door sturdy enough to last 1000 years. I can’t find one that will last a whole decade!

With the current crisis ripping through all our lives, I know we’ll all be missing doing the things we love. It’ll come as no surprise to my readers then, that I have a huge castle-shaped hole in my life at the moment. So I’ve turned to looking back, reliving times when I was free to wander around some stunning medieval places, and it’s been a real source of comfort. For instance, I’ve been recalling our visit to Wye Valley Meadery last November for my Mead Quest, when I couldn’t resist dropping into one of my favourite castles just down the road. Not only is it big and beautiful, it houses some unique relics from its heyday, and it saw the fallout of a posthumous curse put on its most famous owner, the greatest knight England ever knew.

Chepstow castle outsideThe approach to Chepstow Castle

Chepstow castle is a true stunner. This…

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