Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 Look.

 I have some Actual Paying Work due tomorrow. Because I stayed up way too late playing Phantom Doctrine this morning, I got too much nap in this afternoon. Therefore, I’m running behind. Plus, this assignment is of a new variety so it’ll require a little extra work.

 So this might be it for the news. I may come back to it after I’ve knocked out the APW or I may just go back to playing Phantom Doctrine. It’s a pretty good game and I am intrigued by the story. Then again, I’ve long been a fan of Len Deighton-style spy thrillers and that’s what this is going for.

 In the meantime, here are some quick news bits from here in Mississippi. We’ve topped 10,000 cases across the state with 465 deaths. A full 212 of those cases are in nursing homes or retirement homes, of which we have a plethora. Lauderdale County(Meridian) has the most deaths at 45 and Hinds (Jackson) has the most confirmed cases at 693. Sparsely populated Issaquena County over in the Delta is still clear and clean.

 Regardless, the state is pushing forward towards reopening. This comes as cities and towns across the state are facing budget shortfalls and layoffs due to the economy taking a battering. Vicksburg, for example, may have to file for bankruptcy due to a $3.7 million budget shortfall. A full 78% of the cities won’t have sufficient funds to meet budgetary requirements when the new fiscal year starts on October 1.

 Even worse, Gov. Tate Reeves is lifting the suspension on evictions come June 1. The figuring being that folks who’ve been out of work since the first of March will be able to raise sufficient funds to make the rent come June. Unemployment is at an all-time high and over 200,000 residents have filed for unemployment. So this should go well.

 This all comes in amongst both the fight between Reeves and the Legislature over who gets to allocate federal funds that’s just now been settled, plus the welfare scandal that’s going to be in the news for quite a while. Here’s a good breakdown on where that $94 million could have gone as opposed to where it did go, and if you’re not angry enough to chew off your own leg, you’re a better man than I, Gunga Din.

 The government has been caught so flat-footed and stumbled even more because of the scandals they’ll probably have to dip into the “rainy day fund” just to keep the state on its feet. A lot of businesses have given up on the incompetence of the state government and mendacity of the federal government, shifting into doing it for themselves out of sheer necessity.

 A sense of community is all well and good, but the epidemic is way more than we can handle and despite rosy outlooks coming out of the White House, we’re still no closer to discovering all the facets of COVID-19, much less finding a vaccine. Initial claims that it only affects the elderly or weakened immune systems are, at best, premature. People need to work because people need to eat, naturally, but I can’t help but think we’re being given this false dichotomy between dying of poverty or dying of a disease from people who aren’t in danger of either, but really need a haircut.

 Time will tell. And hey, we’ve made the word count and I didn’t even mean to. In any event, stay safe and watch out for yourself because it’s obvious government, state and federal, isn’t even bothering. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s not a law of physics that it can’t be done much better, but here we are.

 

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