We’ve adapted to the velocity of COVID-19 deaths. That needs to stop.

Americans have adapted to the velocity of deaths from COVID-19. We need to understand our perceptions have been distorted, so we can act urgently and stop accepting the obstructing behavior of politicians and acceptance by the media.

Like in a war, the number of deaths in the early days that were seen as horrific, now seem normal. I was thinking of a way to talk about this when I found this piece in The Association for Psychological Science.

Too Fast, Too Slow: Judging–And Misjudging–Speeds

This distortion of perception applies to speeding in a car, but also when people watch fast videos for awhile and then normal speed ones.

It’s happens in freeway driving. You leave a highway to take an off-ramp, the fast speeds seem more normal than slower ones, and going the legal limit seems especially slow.

How do we get back to the urgency of action in the early days to a GREATER urgency to act NOW to prevent MORE deaths?

Hammer ALL Governors to push mask mandates NOW & other public health actions
People are dying! Stop waiting for elections to be certified.

Hammer GOP officials for allowing Trump to mope while people die
My friends in Indivisible groups around the country know how to do this. Call now! Protest at home offices!

Hammer COVID-19 Task Force for dragging their heels on the transition
They’ve given up on prevention to please loser Trump & the quack Atlas. That abdication of their responsibility to save lives was horrible when there were 2 dead it’s morally repugnant when it’s thousands dead EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Hammer Democrats to Hammer Republicans for NOT accepting the elections
I don’t care what they say in private to you so you can maintain your comity in January under Biden.
Sam Seder, Ben Dixon and Emma Vigeland had a great discussion about this today on The Majority Report  

Hammer the media for continuing to allow a slow weak response from everyone while we wait for Biden Administration.
Jesus H. Christ on The Cross Dying For Your Sins, yes the Lincoln Project allows you to attack Republicans so you don’t have to, but it’s time to get ACTUAL elected officials to speak strongly right now!

Personally I’m sick and tired of videos of them running down hallways while someone shouts a question at them. Stop letting them decline to comment! Stop accepting a platitude talking point for an answer! I know it’s not easy, so be prepared for their BS answer as part of your question and anticipate their standard response with a follow up.

If the media is stymied, follow a constituent who is in pain because of COVID-19 who has questions for them! Remember the elevator scene during the Kavanaugh hearings?

Catch them in their home districts on the way to their fundraising dinners.
It will make news. If their answers are especially inane it will get picked up by the Late Night comedy shows and that is how you reach people who aren’t on Twitter.

Look, I totally understand, my perceptions of the velocity of death over time have been distorted too. My understanding of which actions work or don’t work–but are still necessary to take–has also been broken by this administration and the GOP.

These days all I want to do is watch music videos of Annie Lennox, especially, There Must Be An Angel, but I do NOT want people to die so I can talk to them as angels!

 

You all know the old saying, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Sometimes we need hammers. 

We nail these people now or we nail more coffins later!

#MaskItOrCasket.

Bodies loaded into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 16 Mario Tama—Getty Images

New York, Reuters.

Study: Rallies led to 30K COVID cases, 700 deaths. Make Trump pay for holding them

Stanford Researchers: Trump Rallies Led to 30,000 COVID-19 Infections, 700 Deaths

According to their research, 18 rallies held between June 20 and September 22 led to more than 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The researchers also concluded that the rallies “likely led” to more than 700 deaths, although not necessarily among those who attended the events. -Slate October 31

The Effects of Large Group Meetings on the Spread of COVID-19: The Case of Trump Rallies B. Douglas Bernheim, Nina Buchmann, Zach Freitas-Groff, Sebasti´an Otero* PDF link to abstract

Trump rallies that led to sickness and death of his rally goers and others in the community has been proven. Why are they still allowed to continue? They need to be stopped. I know people throw their hands up and say, “It’s too late, there is nothing we can do now to stop them.” Okay, if that’s the case then what’s your next step? Make the Trump campaign pay a price for this suffering and death to the communities they infected.

During Trump’s Tampa Rally the fire department was called to cool off the crowd. EMT took multiple people to the hospital for heat stroke. Who paid for that . . . → Read More: Study: Rallies led to 30K COVID cases, 700 deaths. Make Trump pay for holding them

When Trump’s enablers are prosecuted Alec Baldwin can give this speech

“Generations to come will remember this decade. If we cannot eliminate the cause and prevent the repetition of these barbaric events this century may yet succeed in bringing the doom of civilization.

The time has come for final judgment and if the case I present seems hard and uncompromising then it is only because the evidence makes it so. A glance at the dock will show that despite quarrels among themselves each defendant played a part that fitted in with every other and all advanced a common plan.

It was these men among millions of others, and it was these men leading millions of others, who built up Donald Trump. They intoxicated him. He, of the psychopathic personality, with power and adulation. They fed his hates, aroused his fears. They put a loaded gun in his eager hands.

It was left to Trump to pull the trigger. When he did, they all at that time, applauded. Trump’s guilt stands admitted by some defendants reluctantly by some, vindictively. But Trump’s guilt is the guilt of the whole dock and of every man in it. These defendants now ask this tribunal to say they are not guilty of planning, executing, or . . . → Read More: When Trump’s enablers are prosecuted Alec Baldwin can give this speech

Bush wore an earpiece at 2004 debate but the NYTimes killed the story

Did you spot this tweet this morning from Eric Trump?

Check his ears!!! 🦻🏻 https://t.co/b79a5420Oa

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 29, 2020

What was THAT about? They are trying to accuse Biden of getting wireless info from someone off camera, just like George W. Bush was accused of doing back in 2004 during his John Kerry Debate. NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate Physicist says imaging techniques prove the president’s bulge was not caused by wrinkled clothing. Salon, October 30, 2004 by Kevin Berger

Typical Trump projection, when you can’t win on merit, cheat. But first they accuse the other of cheating, knowing that the press go for the “both sides” and the left will have to defend themselves from not cheating and if they the submit to the baseless claims Team Trump is ready to show THEY didn’t cheat (THIS time, in THAT way.) That’s what’s behind the “Biden’s on drugs! Biden’s demented!” attacks.

The media are trained to go through the ridiculous process no matter how outrageous. If they decline? “What do they have to hide?”

But what this attack reminded me how of the time in 2004 when Bush was shown . . . → Read More: Bush wore an earpiece at 2004 debate but the NYTimes killed the story

Barr buys RoboCop Taser Shields for Memphis cops

Check out this cool new product provided to sheriffs and police departments by Bill Barr under “Operation Legend” This is a from Memphis.

Shelby County Sherrifs just met us with their new electronic “Tazer” shields. “Operation Legend” Funds funneled by the Trump/Barr adminstration. #ThingsAreNotOk pic.twitter.com/Cq3GvItBCw

— Hunter demster (@hunter_demster) September 24, 2020

I’m still trying to track down the manufacturer, but until then I’m going with Omni Consumer Products from RoboCop. I mean, just look at the OCP logo on that Taser™ Shield!

Apparently this is part of Bill Barr’s Project Legend that is pumping resources into cities to stop “violent crime. But in this piece frpm WREG on September 10th, Josh Spickler with Just City (@joshspickler @JustCity901) calls Operation Legend a “fear-based” campaign stunt.

“Many of these folks in Memphis in particular are not charged with violent crimes,” Spickler said. “In reality, crime is down. Our community still struggles with crime and with violent crime in particular. But that is no reason to invite federal agents on to our streets. That is no reason to raise fear.”

He says address the systemic issues instead.

“If the federal government were serious about helping Memphis with some . . . → Read More: Barr buys RoboCop Taser Shields for Memphis cops

DeJoy was sued by his brother for hiding his mail & millions from him

My friend Lisa Graves testified Monday in front of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations Hearing on “Postal Update.”

“I am calling on Mr. DeJoy to be fired or resign,” government watchdog Lisa Graves told lawmakers on Monday morning, during a briefing on postal operations before the House Oversight Committee. True North Research, the organization Graves heads, found that DeJoy — who runs a North Carolina shipping firm — had been sued by his brother Dominick for allegedly siphoning money from the trucking company founded by their father. –– Alexander Nazaryan Yahoo News .

A boy like that he’ll cheat his brother. Fire that boy and hire another!

Lisa’s an expert on vetting people and she found out that the Board of Governors missed some doozies. Like this one she uncovered, ( Bloomberg)

DeJoy Gave $600,000 to GOP After Postmaster Job Opened Up DeJoy gave President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee more than $600,000 over eight weeks after the opening was announced, Lisa Graves, executive director of True North Research, which investigates the influence of money on public policy, said in written testimony submitted to a panel of the House Oversight Committee in . . . → Read More: DeJoy was sued by his brother for hiding his mail & millions from him

SF kids’ BLM lemonade stand

On my ride during the 100 degree record breaking heat I stopped at Spreckels Lake Model Yacht Facility in Golden Gate Park to get some water.

I sat under a tree eating my almond butter and raspberry jelly sandwich when a masked little boy approached and asked if I wanted some lemonade. As a rule, when riding my bike I always stop to buy lemonade from kids. I also always over pay. I like to chat with the kids (first to make sure there is no high fructose corn syrup in the mix) and then to find out how business is going.

After he found out they used regular sugar, I asked for the strawberry lemonade. I clipped two dollars to my makeshift social distancing tool and had him put the cup down on the ground.

I told him that after I was done I was going to try the regular lemonade. Like a an excellent server he noticed when I had finished my first and brought me another. “This one is a special mix I made of strawberry and lemonade!” he proudly told me.

I wanted to take his photo so I asked a nearby parent for . . . → Read More: SF kids’ BLM lemonade stand

Make Team Trump Pay For Holding Deadly Rallies, Including the RNC

Rachel Maddow gave an almost giddy recitation of all the laws that the RNC might break, from Melania Trump’s speech in the White House Rose Garden to using a Federal Building for partisan purposes. But one of the most deadly might be if they allow more than 50 people to be inside at the same time.

The current scuttlebutt is that multiple people will be attending in person at both DC AND North Carolina venues. Depending on the venue local and Federal laws on mask mandates & the number of people allowed at indoor gatherings could be broken. Who will be sent to ensure compliance? The Mayor of D.C.? The Mayor of Charlotte? The Surgeon General?

Hermain Cain is dead. People who attended the Tulsa rally got infected. These are both facts. This information SHOULD have BEEN used by the public health community as evidence to prevent ANY more large scale, in-person indoor rallies, especially when there are no-mask requirements and enforcement of social distancing rules. The information DID lead to Pence cancelling an event in Jacksonville, but it could have led to even MORE scientific proof that these types of events are deadly and should be banned . . . → Read More: Make Team Trump Pay For Holding Deadly Rallies, Including the RNC

Nebraska’s Gov. Ricketts’ policies are going to kill teachers

I talked to a teacher today. She lives in Nebraska. It’s one of the states that doesn’t have a mask mandate. Yesterday I learned that Omaha is the largest US city with neither a state nor a local mask mandate. She’s worried that the schools aren’t prepared to safely reopen for in-person learning. I agree with her.

I’m filled with rage that she is going to be subjected to an unnecessary experiment on the transmission and spread of a deadly virus. We do NOT need another human death data point to prove what the rest of the country has learned over and over again.

I’m trying to channel my anger in a productive way. I want the elected officials in the state to know how long aerosols stay in the air. So I’ll post videos showing that.

??UPDATE on airborne—newest aerosol study (CDC journal) indicates that coronavirus is persistent and stable up to 16 hours in the air! Typical air exchange every 20 min to 4 hrs, depending on ventilation. But up to 16 hours is worrisome (HT @kprather88) pic.twitter.com/YJOQvEzu84

— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) July 14, 2020

REPORT: Virus is stable in air: once . . . → Read More: Nebraska’s Gov. Ricketts’ policies are going to kill teachers

Walmart mandated masks nationwide, now all retailers should too

July 15, By Dacona Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S., and Lance de la Rosa, Chief Operating Officer, Sam’s Club Starting Monday, July 20th we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering.

THIS IS GREAT NEWS! This is huge! I could go on about how this should have happened MONTHS ago. I could speculate how their customers will react. But what I want to do instead is use Walmart’s action as leverage to GET MANDATED MASK REQUIREMENTS IN ALL OTHER RETAIL STORES IN THE COUNTRY.

That’s it. That’s your action step for today. Corporate America now has a model they can follow. If you want, you can read the link to their press release on the mask policy to see how they justify it and how they are dealing with customers. Then tweet, email, FB and call other retail store headquarters and ask. “When will you be issuing a nationwide mask policy like Walmart?” If they say they are not, ask why.

Here’s the piece I wrote two months ago on how to get retailers to pass mask requirements. I have a lot of good advice, but this Walmart announcement is going to help convince . . . → Read More: Walmart mandated masks nationwide, now all retailers should too