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Thoughts on Events the Week of April 27

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on May 5, 2020

Trump thinks donors are his friends and his voters are pigs: I picked up on this one almost as fast as the Clorox cocktail cure for Covid-19 Trump was touting. Apparently, many others have too.

Trump waved the Defense Production Act around like a dog with a chew toy, but he did not use it to mandate production of testing equipment (the priority need for understanding and therefore controlling the virus), PPE equipment or ventilators.

But when the major meat packers wanted to re-open their lethal plants, not only did he use the Act to permit this, but he promised to indemnify the producers for all the people they killed in the process. I’m not even sure this last part is legal, but it probably is. Hell, gun manufacturers are indemnified from suits for the deaths they cause.

It amazes me that Trump voters think he has their interests at heart when all the evidence points in the opposite direction.

A modest suggestion: There is something obscene about people going hungry and agriculture destroying food simultaneously. It haunts me to see long lines of cars waiting to get food, and then read about meat producers planning to put down animals because there is no way to process them. Since Trump is now mandating, how about mandating his meat processing magnets to process some for the people needing food right now? Here is my suggestion:

Have each major meat processor – pork, beef, poultry, eggs, allocate one plant to the purpose of serving food banks. Refit it to specifications established by the CDC to create maximum safety for workers.

Send to these plants the overstocked livestock that would otherwise be destroyed, process it at these plants and distribute it to food banks.

In a like manner, mandate farmers who are currently plowing under produce that cannot be harvested or sold, to stop that and send the excess to the Feds for distribution to food banks as well.

The federal government would pay the processors for this, of course. In fact, the Feds should oversee the entire process. Any competent government would be able to manage such a feat, though in our case, we may have to have the states do it, since our Federal government can’t hit the floor with its hat, and has no charity in its heart.

The end of April as we know it: Around mid-April, I opined that given the apparent death rate from Covid-19, it would be unlikely that we would reach the forecast of 60,000 deaths by the end of April, and considered this as evidence that the effects of the virus would extend beyond April, and so the crimping of the economy would also have to continue beyond as well.

I was wrong on both counts, apparently, certainly the death count. At the end of April, we had more than 62,000 deaths by official, and certainly understated, count. And, many states are spitting the bit and racing to open their isolation and social distancing protocols, regardless.

May Day: I saw my first Communist May Day Parade in Paris in the mid-70s. I wonder if many countries not Russia or China even have these anymore. No county seems to care very much about its workers these days.

The beginning of May is the time many states are busting out the gate to expose their workers to Covid-19. Good luck with that, and I am now taking the over on the initial 100,000 + death total.

The China did it with a lie on the internets: What possible practical purpose is there to blame China for a natural catastrophe other than to stoke the xenophobic fears of Trump’s ignorant base for political gain? It is odious and farcical, particularly considering that the Trump administration is engaged in false propaganda as China. The fire has already started. Let’s concentrate on putting it out now and talk about how it started afterward.

Fry’s Fail: The Kroger chain goes by the brand name Fry’s in my town. Like many Kroger stores, apparently, Fry’s opens these days at 6 am for seniors only before opening for the general public at 7 am, presumably to give seniors some extra measure of protection and sense of security.

I went to Fry’s just before 6 am recently to test this idea. There were several people already there, but they were politely lined up at least 6 feet apart, and all of them save one was wearing a mask. (I assumed Fry’s would stop him at the door, but they didn’t.)

When I got inside, I was startled to discover that almost none of the employees was wearing a mask. As I was checking out, I mentioned to one of the employees, also in the high-risk older demographic, how surprised I was to see so many employees without masks. She said, and I quote, “We have a choice.” I thought if I were the store manager, I’d give the employees a choice too: wear a mask or find another job.

One might think it irresponsible to invite at-risk seniors into a store with an implied promise of safety and then be reckless with their safety when they came. I know I think so.

I resolved not to return to this store until after the virus has passed or hell freezes over, whichever comes later, but I had an emergency need and returned one morning. This day, almost all the employees were wearing masks, but not the lady I spoke with before. I walked up to her and said, “I cannot believe you are so ignorant.” I know this sounds harsh and rude, but when I came back to check out, she was wearing a mask, so I have no regrets.

Worst state: Who to choose, who to choose? All the worst states have chosen to open up, as you would expect. Two of them – Kansas and Arizona – are doing it a little more responsibly. So, let’s let the other four worst states – Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama and South Carolina split the cup this week. And may their citizens not have to pay too heavy a price for their profligacy.

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