This is a beautiful fall day here in Maine, coolish and leaves starting to slide toward their eventual riot of reds, oranges, and yellows. They'll be there in another 3 or 4 weeks. But, despite my idyllic surroundings there is a deep sadness in my heart. As above, we have surpassed the 200,000 mark for Covid-19 deaths in the United States. World-wide, the total is just over 900,000 and will soon soar past 1 million.
We are now at a mortality level from this pandemic that is almost exactly half of the death toll in World War II. Yes, you read that right. 405,399 Americans died from all causes between 1941 and 1945. 291,557 of those deaths were caused by combat, and the remaining 113,842 were from tangential causes, i.e. accidents, disease etc.
And, yet, despite this stunning number of dead, so many people continue to think and act as if this is all a hoax. We have only the Big Orange Idiot to thank for this situation being a great deal worse than it needed to be. He brags that, "We have turned a corner....", and Dr. Fauci comes on the t-v and immediately says, "We have not turned a corner. We're still in the first wave." Who you gonna believe: the Idiot who lies every time he opens his yap....or the doctor who has even suffered death threats to himself and his family in order to give us the truth?
The people who create and run computer models of pretty much any situation where it is useful, have run some models that project that the death toll--just for the U.S.--could surpass 400,000 by the end of the year. At that point, we will have lost the same number of people that we did in World War II.
I find that to be a heart-rending and mind-boggling statistic. And, the way things are going at the moment, I also find it to be a totally believable number. But, here's the kicker: with proper and enthusiastic application of controls, i.e. masks, distancing, avoiding indoor gatherings and making sure outdoor ones are not all jammed together, we could manage this crisis FAR BETTER than we have to date. Hell, we might even get it sort of under control....which it is most definitely NOT at present.
So, look around you. I see a lot of people wearing masks under their chins...doing absolutely nothing as a preventative. Either they are merely stupid, or they are very inconsiderate. I see others declining to wear one at all. Oh, they are just not buying this whole mess. Never mind the numbers....it's all fake news. Amazing, isn't it? I see the Idiot holding a rally in Nevada with his 'fans'--read 'suckers'--all shoulder to shoulder, no masks and lots of screaming. This is the means of choice for spreading the virus.
If they were intending to get as many people as possible infected at this rally, they have done everything right. And, this is all by way of the Idiot telling people they don't have to take such demeaning measures, that we're out of the woods with this thing, and that only libtards who have imbibed the liberal Kool-aid are so scared that they are going to get sick.
In just 42 days, we will have an opportunity to decide our fate...if we can even manage to have a fair and honest election, of course. But, in hopes that we can indeed manage to do so, it will be the most stark choice we have quite possibly EVER MADE. We can allow the Idiot to have four more years, during which time he will be very busy tearing down and destroying anything that resembles a democracy. He's made banner progress in this respect during the last four years, and four more--or more, according to his wishes--years will be just what he needs to finish the job.
There will be a wide-open playing field for big money, and a dearth of restraints that would hinder anything they want to do in order to continue raping the economy for all the money they can get. Anything resembling fairness, compassion for the least among us, a safety net for the poor and elderly, all of the mechanisms that were put in place over the last eight or nine decades to prevent people from absolute poverty and suffering.... WILL BE GONE. Don't take my word for it. You can hear the Idiot say it in plain language.
For all of his many and daunting shortcomings, the Great Asshole has been disarmingly honest about his intention to leave the lower echelons of society twisting in the wind.
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