The best comeback?

I think this is the best comeback from the Trump-Biden debate on Thursday. Trump was attempting to home in on the failures of why/how Biden couldn’t deliver as Vice President regarding some policy. Biden’s comeback was accurate: “It’s the Republican Congress.” But I think what’s more striking was the nearly 5 seconds of silence that followed.

First 2020 Presidential Debate

Did anyone watch the shit show 2020 Presidential debate last night? That was one of the worst 90 minutes I have EVER sat through. I honestly thought the candidates would be civil and inform the TV audience the stances on the various topics of discussion.

Ya… NOT HAPPENING….

The biggest issue was the constant interruptions by the interrupter-in-chief. Every interruption had him spew either personal attacks, lies, or half-truths about all the “issues” that he’s been saying for literally the past 6 years… election fraud, bringing manufacturing back, coronavirus deaths and lying about the COVID-19 severity to Woodward in February and even blaming Biden for Biden’s lack of action. I mean seriously… Trump is the President and has ALL THE POWER to prevent the spread and he blames Biden’s lack of action? Are you fucking serious man?

TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT and has ALL THE POWER to prevent the spread!!

And he’s blaming Biden? How childish can he be? Re: the Woodward tapes, I understand that as president, making the people feel safe is appropriate. Playing down the coronavirus to the public is one thing, but to not make plans to minimize the spread behind the public is a total irresponsible and un-presidential action. How many of the 200,000 deaths could have been prevented if the president took immediate hard action? How many of the deaths could have been minimized if he listened to his scientific advisors instead of going off his “instincts”? How many people would still be employed if Trump made the decision to do a hard border closure in early Jan/Feb? What about endorsing the simple act of wearing a mask as a presidential statement to everyone? His instincts pretty much bankrupted his companies a number of times. That alone should be a warning sign of his aptitude… but his supporters still think that his facade “business acumen” is still the real deal? My god….

Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died

 

Oh man…. many media outlets are reporting the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG). This is an election year. The last time something similar happened, the Republicans considered the election as a “referendum” for the voters to decide on who to be president and thus the power to nominate the replacement. Remember Merrick Garland? Ya… he was nominated by Obama but the McConnell’s Senate cock block rule all but eliminated any chance of confirming a new judge. To say this tactic it’s not political is a total farce since McConnell has admitted the rule was for political expediency.

With RBG’s death, the Dems HAVE TO take the same stance as the Reps did. The Dems need to remind the American public of the past and the political expediency the Reps did. And depending on the response, tie it to the fact that the Reps don’t care about the people or principles… just political expediency. I don’t think McConnell’s Senate will sit aside though. If anything, McConnell will try to force the issue to nominate and confirm a judge. The American people need to start holding these Senators responsible for their (lack of) convictions. “If you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for

Oh… apparently the political wheels are moving already according to this article. How will this play out…

Bobcat Fire

The Bobcat Fire started deep within the Angeles National Forest (LA Times) in the San Gabriel Mountains. It has since exploded and have become a major concern to the cities at the foothills (Arcadia, Duarte, Monrovia, Sierra Madre) while also now threatening Mt Wilson Observatory (LAist). What does this immediately mean? Based on the Arcadia news, Chantry Flats and the Big Santa Anita Canyon hike to Sturtevant Falls and Hermit Falls are probably burned. It looks like the Monrovia Falls hike is also burned as well.

The biggest concern will be Mt Wilson Observatory and the residential communities at the base of the mountains. Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued at least in Arcadia. Stay safe

Slick Marketing Strategy

So apparently on www.meh.com they are selling a hiking day backpack. One of those backpacks that allows you stuff the needs for a quick 1-4 hr hike. However, they inserted a little gem on the very last picture…

The “title” of the post makes perfect sense now doesn’t it?

UPDATE: 2 hours after this post, the above picture was taken offline. Someone might be reprimanded for posting the pic in the first place.

Terms of Service

Holy crap… this pic is from the article (https://www.visualcapitalist.com/terms-of-service-visualizing-the-length-of-internet-agreements/) and it’s been zoomed out to 25% on Google Chrome.  And it still doesn’t doesn’t see the bottom of Spotify, Apple, TikTok and Microsoft.  Why can’t Terms of Service (TOS) be shorter and simpler to read?  Who actually reads the TOS?  No one because it’s too fucking long and moderately complex enough to discourage reading.

Ultimately, you(me) are the product for all these services.

 

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Successes from Quick Action

Today, I saw an old article from CNN that details some of the reasons as to how Vietnam has been able to control COVID-19.

  • Quick government action
  • Swift travel restrictions
  • Quarantine/lock down of cities as needed
  • Aggressive contact tracing
  • Public communication of location where new cases occurred
  • Government mandated face masks and social distancing requirements
  • A general population that understand the risks of infection and more importantly accepting the temporary inconveniences to control COVID-19

 

 

 

How would you handle COVID-19?

Since hindsight is 20/20… this is what I would have done with COVID-19.

In late January, announce that the international borders will be closed within 10 hours of the announcement.  The 10 hour buffer allows any current en route flights to land without issue.  Empty inbound international flights are still allowed in order to accommodate any outbound international flights.  The crews from these inbound flights will be sequestered to just two or three hotels only.  This action isolates the crew so to allow contact tracing to be easier in case of outbreaks.  Domestic travel can still operate normally until otherwise told.

I think if just this measure was put in place there might not have been an outbreak in both Seattle and New York.  It’s still possible the cases could appear as there were only 15 confirmed cases back on Feb 15, 2020.  Given the incubation length and the potentila asymptomatic transmission possibility, a January closure would have mitigated the most damage.  According to the NY times interactive modeling, the 15 early cases were linked to transmission from China.  However, what’s more important is that any subsequent cases would be linked to these 15 cases AND there would be no new influx of cases.  Although travel was restricted from China on Feb 02, 2020, restrictions were imposed far too late from Europe on Mar 13, 2020.  Between late January and mid-March, countless travelers passed through the international airports and silently spreading the infection.  Through genetic testing, the outbreak in New York was linked to a European strain.  It shows just how partial restrictions are pointless.

If these borders were to have been closed in late January, I see a number of different scenarios that would be different

  • COVID-19 cases would be limited and probably very manageable by the healthcare professionals
  • Stay-at-Home requirements might never have been issued
  • Businesses would remain open
  • Healthcare system would function at normal capacity without needing to be in constant emergency “war zone” mode
  • No Masks
  • No Social Distancing

What would you do?

Stay-at-Home again…

California is re-imposing the restrictions of gathering indoors.  As long as COVID-19 is not under control, outbreaks will continue to happen.  There are a few effective ways to limit transmission…

  1. Stay at home as much as possible.
  2. Wear a mask if you go outside.
  3. Limit outdoor activities to a minimum including grocery shopping, food takeout, etc.