Friday, March 13, 2020

Well, these are Interesting Times, indeed. I don’t really know where to go with that, honestly, because things are a full mess and it might just be above my pay grade. We’re (hopefully) learning that putting a half-bright television show host who keeps stirring up the worst aspects of American culture to stroke his ego might not have been the best idea. So, yeah, big fun.

I don’t know where to start, actually, the ongoing CORVID-19 business is rapidly overtaking our ability to deal with it. We’ve gone from one case this morning in Mississippi to six in total by this afternoon. On the upside, Trump’s dumbass finally announced we’re dealing with a legit pandemic. On the downside, the dopey fucker is indicating he’ll veto the outbreak response plan passed by the House of Representatives, is denying any and all responsibility for the government’s fumbling reaction to the ongoing crisis, and blaming Obama as much as he can, whether it makes sense or not.

And he still has a 59% approval rate over his handling this mess, and that includes 30% with Democrats. I really, really don’t get that beyond the yearn Americans seem to still have that their elected representatives aren’t shiftless grifters and blithering fools, even if they’re the type to “hate government”. We’re learning, the hard way, that rugged individualism isn’t worth two tugs of a dead dog’s ding-a-ling when the problem gets too much for individuals to handle.

This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone in this post-Katrina world. Man, this just isn’t coming to me. My brother’s birthday is today. He’s 43, and it’s a shock when your baby brother has grey hair in his beard. Anyhow, his wife works in the medical insurance business for a college in Oregon, and they’re both fairly wild eyed at the increasing disaster we find ourselves in.

I admit, I’m something of a hermit and my only contact with the outside world or what people are thinking has to be filtered through Twitter, and if I’m not taking that with a huge grain of salt, I’ve no one to blame but myself. So, talking to my brother and sister-in-law about things like this is helpful. Upside, he thinks this will be Trump’s Waterloo. Downside, they’re both scared shitless at how nasty things will get before we come out the other side. He’s not a man given to hyperbole or overreaction, either, mind you.

Another personal aspect that’s popped up today was the announcement that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey – who once wrote a book called Conscious Capitalism which was supposed to be about how you could get rich and not be a complete bastard – suggested that employees who weren’t sick could “donate” their paid-time off to their co-workers who were sick. This was seen as a brilliant idea, coming from a company owned by the richest man in the world and not an example of the outright horror of late-stage capitalism or a reason why so many people are beginning to think “socialism” isn’t the boogeyman they’ve been told all their lives. With the news that rookie phenom Zion Williams paying the bills for the support staff at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for the next month while billionaire Pelicans owner Gayle Benson does Sweet Fanny Adams, it really makes the uber-wealthy totally necessary, doesn’t it?

Frog boiling moment,” remember. Keep that in mind.

And now for something completely unrelated to the pandemic bearing down on us or the absolutely douchebag we have to depend on to get it straightened out with the least amount of stacking dead bodies. Seems a brace of artifacts that were supposedly more examples of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in the ’40s turned out to be extremely well-done forgeries. The forgeries, owned by the Museum of The Bible in Washington D.C., entered the antiquities market back in 2002 and found their way to the Museum, a right-wing funded entity that has ties to “The Family”.

For what it’s worth, art fraud investigator Colette Loll said the Museum has been extremely forthright and transparent during the whole affair and that the forgeries, which first started getting suspicious in 2018, were extremely well done. This isn’t all that uncommon in the antiquities world and it in no way casts doubt on the Scrolls found in the Judean Desert in the 1940s. Those are legit artifacts that date back to the the First Century BCE and give more insight on early Christianity and the world around Israel that nurtured the religion.

What is really interesting about this, however, is this whole business ties into the scandal Hobby Lobby found itself in after it was caught buying illegally obtained Biblically related artifacts, scrolls and clay tablets. Hobby Lobby CEO and Museum founder Steve Green bought up a mess of the pseudo-Scrolls from 2009 to 2016, about the time Hobby Lobby’s dirty dealing with the aforementioned artifacts were coming to light. So let that be a lesson to you, my children: you can’t cheat an honest man.

Okay, I’m going to wrap this up. It didn’t come together tonight and I have written better. That being said, I wrote a response to the argument that Democrats always loose with “moderates” and, thus, Bernie Sanders should be the nomination anyway. Hint: that’s really not how things work out. That was at the Tumblr site. At the Blogger site, I indulged in a little free-form, stream-of-thought thing about nothing much at all, but I enjoyed it. You be the judge if you wish.

Otherwise, we need to take this CORVID-19 business seriously and we need to acknowledge that President Trump is more concerned with how bad this affects his re-election chances than how many American citizens might die or how difficult life may become for those of us not stinking rich. Educate yourself and don’t panic. Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick and if you can, and stay safe, friends and neighbors.

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