Saturday, September 19, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
According to a recent episode of The Weeds (Law and Order here), Covid has killed more cops this year than all other causes combined. If we really cared about cops at all (and other frontline workers), we would have actually dealt with the virus, as they did in Germany (a population-dense country with a large immigrant community; see here).
PS, from Twitter: "I'd say two of the things I miss most from the Obama years are being able to breathe air outside and being able to breathe air inside."
Saturday, September 12, 2020
In 2008, Democrats had the biggest landslide imaginable. They had, for a while 60 seats in the Senate.
Even with all that, they barely passed Obamacare. I watched the votes live, on pins and needles.
If Dems had demanded more, they certainly would have lost. And I would be dead.
It isn't, of course, all about me. Countless people are dead now and more will die unnecessarily in the future because people voted for Jill Stein in PA, MI, and WI in 2016. Same for Nader in Florida in 2000.
In a center-right country, with the Electoral College and the unrepresentative Senate, realism is the only thing that makes progress. Realism saves lives. Idealism kills.
Friday, September 11, 2020
From Ari Solomon:
President Clinton lied about a blowjob and every newspaper in the country called on him to resign. Trump lied about a pandemic that has claimed nearly 200,000 American lives (and counting). What the actual fuck??
Oh and: But her emails!
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
From The Body: A Guide for Occupants:
Foodborne illness is America’s secret epidemic. Every year three thousand people, the equivalent of a small town, die of food poisoning in the United States, and around 130,000 are hospitalized.
An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration in 2016 found that 84 percent of chicken breasts contained intestinal E. coli. According to a USDA study, about a quarter of all chicken pieces sold in stores are contaminated with salmonella.
Monday, September 7, 2020
From New Scientist, Black men are 2.3 times more likely to be killed by police (77 per 100,000 vs 33). Black women are 3.2 times more likely to die during pregnancy (41 per 100,000 vs 13).
So despite some people's ardent desires, I think the numbers are clear that there is much work to do before we can just stop thinking and talking about addressing racism in the United States.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Hottest summer ever, and yowza, is that saying something. Was 111 here at the house yesterday (Sept 4).
Note that the airport got much more rain than we did. Combine this with fires, Covid, bad air quality, and not being able to go up to the mountains....
Tanker over the fires earlier this summer; photo taken from our yard:
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Trump breaks so many of the normal rules of politics that it can sometimes be hard to know when his tweets and comments are truly newsworthy. Even by his standards, though, the past several days have stood out. Consider:
Biden has taken a very different approach to the unrest in Kenosha, Portland and elsewhere. He has told no apparent untruths, and he has criticized violence from both the political left and right — even though many liberals, whose votes Biden needs, are uncomfortable with any criticism of people on their side of the debate.
G.O.P. reaction. The Times tried to reach about a dozen leading congressional Republicans and ask for their reaction to Trump’s claims. “None cared to comment,” Mark Leibovich writes. Senator Mitt Romney offered one of the few public responses, calling the president’s comments “simply jaw-dropping.”
Russia adds to the misinformation. A group backed by the Kremlin is again trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election and push voters toward Trump, Facebook and Twitter said yesterday.