COVID-19, Day 73

I've found a new way to avoid the waking horror that's crippling a lot of us: work feverishly on a side project. Sure, it doesn't stop the nightmares, and you have to stop working at some point due to either physical or mental fatigue. But when the work has you in its grasp, nothing else can break in and molest your attention.

COVID-19, Day 72

Random thoughts in no particular order:

  • I added a dark theme to my blog yesterday. It respects your OS’s light/dark settings. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
  • According to the mayor of Lake of the Ozarks, that pool party video I posted yesterday was recorded at one of at least a dozen similar events around town.
  • This season of Rick & Morty has been really good.
  • White House adviser Kevin Hassett referred to American workers as “human capital stock” in an interview. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more vile euphemism in my life. I hope that guy gets his testicles caught on a doorknob.

And with that, I think it’s time to re-up George Carlin’s bit on euphemistic language. Enjoy:

The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die | Common Dreams Views

Hamilton Nolan:

Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital. In this perilous time, capital must be protected and nurtured, and we must draw resources from our entire society in order to help capital survive, in the same way that the body will draw blood from other organs to save the brain. People can be sacrificed—capital is irreplaceable.

If this doesn’t make you livid, you don’t have a pulse. It’s 100% accurate, and America should be ashamed about its choices.

Two Missouri hairstylists may have exposed 147 people to coronavirus – NY Post

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon:

The second stylist tested positive on Saturday after working five days last week and taking care of 56 customers “while experiencing very mild symptoms” but still being “potentially infectious,” the health department said, Fox News reported Sunday.

She went to work while exhibiting symptoms. But yes, let’s end the lockdowns and just trust people to do the right thing.

Trump administration discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test in decades – The Washington Post

John Hudson and Paul Sonne:

The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences for relations with other nuclear powers and reverse a decades-long moratorium on such actions, said a senior administration official and two former officials familiar with the deliberations.

If you were wondering, “How do we make this current shitshow worse,” well, have you considered nukes?

COVID-19, Day 71

I read that the US will be crossing 100k deaths before the weekend is over. I also read that a society becoming inured to mass death is a primary way that the worst forms of authoritarianism are allowed to flourish. Trump's screeching about mail-in ballots feels like a half step away from delegitimizing any election results in November. There are no positive outcomes if he refuses to accept defeat. I don't like where we're headed.

COVID-19, Day 70

I somehow managed to close my Move ring on my Apple Watch five times this week and I have no idea how I did that.

COVID-19, Day 69

It’s Friday again.

I keep thinking about this tweet:

Everyone I know is doing this to themselves. I’m guilty of it, especially with regard to exercise. The week before we started quarantine, I was celebrating having lost 15 pounds. I’ve gained a lot of it back.

With the exception of cooking, it feels like I’m barely doing enough of any of the things that I’m responsible for right now. It’s like spinning plates–I’m keeping them all in the air, but they’re all precariously close to falling. It’s a new kind of anxiety that I’m not used to.

COVID-19, Day 68

New things I’ve done because of the pandemic:

  • Worn a face mask
  • Changed the oil in a lawn mower
  • Made cheese
  • Gotten beer delivered to my house
  • Gave my wife a haircut
  • Attempted homeschooling