Once again here we are looking at news stories that either broke after I finished the most recent Friday Five, or bring more information about a story included in that post, or that expand upon a story which I have linked to in some previous post—and upon which I want to make more extensive comments than I usually include in a Friday Five blog post, or otherwise didn’t quite make the cut before. Which ought to be a big surprise, but since we are all living in a dystopian timeline, maybe it oughtn’t be a big surprise that some of this didn’t make the cut when I’m trying to limit myself to no more than five stories to each of no more than five categories and trying not to let bad news outnumber the neutral and good news stories. Unfortunately, we are living in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, so any attempt to exclude all the depressing news can be construed as delusional. And I don’t want to be delusional, so…
Before I comment on anything else, please absorb this fact: U.S. hits 50,000 deaths from coronavirus – just as many states announce plans to ease social distancing. Some people have trouble with numbers. So let me give you a couple of comparisons: for every person who was killed in the 9/11 attacks, more than 16 Americans have been killed by COVID-19… so as of Friday afternoon, COVID-19 represents more than 16 9/lls… and yet there are people who think the precautions many states have taken are an overreaction…
Meanwhile, Coronavirus is spreading fast in states that may reopen soon, study finds. I don’t know what to say on this. I know that a fraction of the population doesn’t believe any of the facts we show them. And I know the politicians believe the facts, but they also believe that the people who die don’t matter… I don’t know how to get the idiots who don’t realize that their leaders want them to die to keep the economy moving to see what’s happening…
And maybe there isn’t a way, because while the president is spouting nonsense like this stuff: President Trump’s batsh*t crazy coronavirus ‘cure’ theories are not just shockingly senseless and stupid – they’re going to kill people, which you would expect anyone with a lick of sense to recognize as nonsense. Bleach is poison! Lysol is poison! It kills the virus on inanimate objects, sure, but if you put it in your body it will kill you. Everyone knows that, right?
Apparently not: Conservative radio host agrees with caller that vaping bleach might cure COVID-19: ‘You’re not crazy’ and American health hotlines have been swamped by anxious callers following last week’s bizarre suggestion by Donald Trump that researchers try using disinfectants to cure Covid-19 patients.
So apparently no, a lot of people really are that ignorant. Wow. Which is why pretty much every company the manufactures home use disinfectants came out with statements warning and even begging people not to do it: Trump’s Suggestion That Disinfectants Could Be Used to Treat Coronavirus Prompts Aggressive Pushback.
It is still boggling my mind. Have none of these people been responsible for raising or taking care of small children? When I was a kid I had it drilled into my head that bleach and lysol and ammonia and other cleaning chemicals we kept in the house were poisonous. Once I had a younger sibling, it was emphasized that I should keep an eye out to help make sure my sister didn’t drink any of the poison. And so on. Aaaagggh!
(Yes, I have been reduced to yelling incoherntly at the screen)
All of that craziness led to this: New York Daily News Hits Donald Trump With A Caustic New Nickname – The president’s comments about disinfectant and the coronavirus inspired the tabloid’s scathing moniker.
I’ve included an image of a front page of the New York Daily News above where they use the new nickname, but that’s not the big headline. The big headline goes to another corrupt Republican! McConnell says giving aid to states to help ease the pain from the pandemic would be a ‘blue state bailout.’ But most states were doing the right thing before the coronavirus hit. Which prompted a whole lot of people to point out that McConnell’s state has been leeching off far more federal tax dollars than it generates for decades, and in fact most of the so-called Red States always have, while it it so same Blue States who are carrying the load: Cuomo Swings At McConnell Again: ‘Just Give Me My Money Back, Senator’.
I could link to a whole lot more, including a lot of McConnell’s fellow Republicans, but thankfully our dear friends at the Wonkette have already gathered a bunch of those along with their own snarky commentary: It’s A ‘Kick Mitch McConnell In The Dick’ Contest, And Everyone Is Playing!.
Oh, and did you hear that the President fired the health expert in charge of coordinating vaccine development because he would jump on the chloroquine bandwagon? Ex-FDA Head: Ouster Of Vaccine Chief “Sets Us Back”. I mean, I’m sure that whatever sycophant that Trump chose to take over will do a fine job. Vaccines are hard, are they?
Meanwhile, the rest of the Republican crooks are started to get worried that maybe getting on the Trump train wasn’t such a good idea: Nervous Republicans See Trump Sinking, and Taking Senate With Him – The election is still six months away, but a rash of ominous new polls and the president’s erratic briefings have the G.O.P. worried about a Democratic takeover. Note that they aren’t worried about tens of thousands of Americans dying, or the tens of millions unemployed. No, they’re just worried about keeping control of at least one house of Congress so they can keep lining their pockets and the pockets of their billionaire buddies…
Maybe I should just let Randy Rainbow take us out on a lighter(?) note?
A SPOONFUL OF CLOROX – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:
(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)