Friday 24th of July 2020

Mayors and governors issuing statements to the feds saying, “Don’t come into our cities!” are essentially old dudes in suits banging a gavel and yelling POINT OF ORDER into a room filled with coked up wolverines.

COVID-19, Day 130

One hundred and thirty days. A round number. Not that it has any significant meaning. But it’s round and a factor of 10 so the mind treats it differently.

I keep wondering about when I’ll run out of steam and stop doing these daily entries. It hasn’t been particularly hard to keep up with, but I’m slowly running out of new things to say.

It’s all just numbers, now. Climbing numbers, and creeping fascism. Not really news. Just the daily hum of the authoritarian machine picking up speed, of crowded hospital ICUs, the growing din of grief, panic, fear, and loathing.

I can’t shake the feeling that the worst is yet to come.

COVID-19, Day 129

I looked through the archives of this site a couple of days ago, and something really bothered me. My old writing used to be about things I lived and enjoyed. These days, it’s all doom and gloom about things I hate and things that scare me.

That…seems really bad.

The doctor behind a cognitive test Trump took says ‘it’s supposed to be easy’ – MarketWatch

Nicole Lyn Pesce:

“This is not an IQ test or the level of how a person is extremely skilled or not,” Nasreddine agreed in a call with MarketWatch. “The test is supposed to help physicians detect early signs of Alzheimer’s, and it became very popular because it was a short test, and very sensitive for early impairment.”

That Trump referred to some of these questions as "very difficult" is extremely troubling.

Can essential child care during Covid-19 offer a model to schools this fall? – CNN

Laura Jarrett:

Classrooms are limited to only nine children and sprayed down with an industrial-strength cleaning solution at least once a day.

If a child falls ill during the day — which Ramage says has happened only twice — there are "isolation rooms" and parents are called to come pick the child up. But so far, not a single case of Covid-19 has been reported.

Zero cases while caring for kids of essential workers, like folks who work in hospitals treating coronavirus patients. This is super interesting. But before we get too excited:

But safety comes with a steep cost, making all of these enhanced measures and protocols unrealistic for some school districts to put into practice on a large scale.

Our public schools in America are already severely underfunded, so it’s hard to see how this model could be rolled out nationwide without massive federal assistance. Republicans have already demanded that kids go back to school without offering any assistance with the effort, so it’s hard to imagine them suddenly getting on board with a massive funding initiative. Hell, they can’t even be arsed to pass a new stimulus package for the 30 million people who are still unemployed.

Missouri governor’s comments on coronavirus, McCloskeys raise eyebrows – St. Louis Post Dispatch

Jeremy Kohler:

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson told Cox. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”

Parson has followed Trump’s lead on the coronavirus, and his state is starting to pay for it now. Missouri reported 846 new cases yesterday. A week prior, the state reported only 300 new cases. Parson has provided zero leadership, just like Trump, and is shrugging off any options for handling the virus that don’t directly relate to reopening the state’s economy as soon as possible.

And if that weren’t bad enough:

Parson also raised eyebrows by saying he would probably pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who pointed guns at protesters who marched by their mansion on One Portland Place, if they were to be convicted of crimes.