Weekend Update 4/11/2020: We have to look out for each other

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Time for some stories that either didn’t make the cut for this week’s Friday Five, or came to my attention after I composed the Friday Five post, and/or represent new developments in stories I’ve commented on previously. With more commentary/ranting from me than usually appears in a Friday Five post. And we have some doozies this time! Pour yourself your favorite calming beverage and buckle up, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

First, I’ve linked to stories earlier about how some (evil) people have argued that letting part of the population die to keep the economy going is an idea to consider. Well, that’s not the only awful thing people have proposed regarding medical treatment for Covid-19 patients: Autistic support group ‘told it needed Do Not Resuscitate orders’. Or as one blog buddy put it: “Anyway, kill crazy normies control medical rationing.” So the assumption this medical group was making is that people who aren’t neurotypical, if they became sick with Covid-19 are not worthy of the most intensive medical care, because supposedly their lives aren’t as valuable as other people’s. Sure, the story ends by saying the letter had been withdrawn after people protested, but…

Let’s move on to another kind of misinformed medical idiocy: Kansas Republicans Undo Governor’s Coronavirus Order Prohibiting Large Religious Gatherings. That’s right! Because quarantines are a plot to block other people’s religious freedom. And spare me the a-hole pastors saying “We’re willing to die for our faith!” That isn’t what this is about! It isn’t about you deciding whether to risk your life, it’s you deciding to put every single person you come in contact with afterward at risk! Because you can carry the virus and be contagious for days before you feel any symptoms. And one person can cause a lot of illness:

One Chicago man may have infected 16 people when he went to a dinner, a birthday party, and a funeral — Three of those people later died. He didn’t know he was infected. You will not know you’re infected for at least a few days. Go read this for some sobering perspective: An Open Letter to All New Yorkers from the Emergency Department Frontline.

Meanwhile, the grifter-in-chief is making really bad decisions: Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears. He’s lied about how anyone who wants a test can get one. He’s lied several times claiming he hasn’t heard anyone calling for more testing for weeks. And now, it appears, that he’s stopping the federal funding of tests for no other reason than, if fewer people are tested, the number of known infections won’t go up as fast as the actual infection rate. In other words, he’s cooking the books. He’s treating this thing like it’s all about ratings, and not actual lives.

And it’s worse than that: Supplies could be delayed due to confusion from the White House, companies say. The headline is a bit misleading. It’s not confusion, it’s that certain people in Trump’s circle are telling companies not to ship supplies to blue states. In other words, politicizing the pandemic. Which shouldn’t surprise us, because they’ve been falsely accusing Democrats of that for months, and one of the few things you can count on this alleged president and his thugs to do is accuse other people of the crimes they are actually committing themselves.

But don’t just take my word for it: A president unfit for a pandemic – Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. The president has blood on his hands.

And let’s not forget about the network which has been functioning as a propaganda department for the Republicans for years: Washington State Group Is 1st to Sue Fox News for Calling Coronavirus a ‘Hoax’. I hope this is the first of many, many lawsuits, and Fox finally starts paying a price.

All right, we need to lighten the mood a bit. Let’s have a song about someone who isn’t completely mismanaging this pandemic:

ANDY! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. For more than 20 years I edited and published an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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