COVID. Update October 25: We already had the pandemic...but we didn’t have to have....
People who gave up on our lives...
People suppressed all dissent within the government...
People who decided to stop supporting working people & small businesses when they were in need...
People who want you to lose health care at the same time...
People who want you to believe a miracle is around the corner but won’t do the work...
People who promotes massive profit taking during the pandemic...
People who let high wage jobs recover (1% reduction in high wage unemployment) but hurt the people who had to work through this pandemic (18% reduction in low wage unemployment)...
People who don’t care about huge parts of America— farm labor, factory workers, warehouse workers, grocery workers, people in assisted living, in jails, in crowded public & private housing
People who let our health care workers die without PPE...
People who knew, who didn’t plan, who didn’t react, who didn’t learn, who don’t care. Who can’t take care of their own house can’t take care of ours.
We didn’t have to have ANY of the with a pandemic.

As the Jewish people say “it would have been enough!” Just the pandemic.
What we could have had: people who helped. People who brought in the best science. People who didn’t treat masks like a joke and stoke a culture war. People who passed paid medical leave. And supported our businesses.
We could have had people who mourned these losses, who shared the truth, who knew the country was in pain, who didn’t offer made up hope.
Let me tell you. We still can.

And it will be nothing extraordinary even though it feels that way.
Compassion should not be extraordinary.
Competence should not be extraordinary.
Making an effort is not extraordinary.
Having our back is not extraordinary.
We are so used to getting less than nothing in this pandemic that Joe Biden & Kamala Harris will seems extraordinary just for caring. Just for trying. Just for getting things done. Just for the truth.
We have the worst man at the worse time. This is not normal.

Decent people who know what the hell theyre doing will make a big difference.
Trump will day Joe Biden will abut down the economy.

Joe Biden will do human, normal things that help people. He knows how. But he would tell you that’s what you should expect of someone halfway competent & all the way human.
Having been there I can tell you it is about the right people, about caring, about assuming responsibility even for bad stuff. And about being willing to do the work.

They are ready to work. /end

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There are 6. 1/
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Wait you might be worried this sounds too familiar.3/
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The latest rush of new cases is very concerning. There are new insights as well. Will finish posting shortly.1/
I’m not going to pull punches. It’s a shit show. Here’s the quick overview.

April: intensely local
May-June: locale-based spread
July: entire South. Every county
August: some easing
September: South better, rise if cases in heartland

That leads us til Now and Next. 2/
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So it’s time to talk about Thanksgiving. 1/
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Remember we’re supposed to “isolate the old people?” from Scott Atlas and the herders. 3/
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We do need to avoid the gymnasiums.
I have no money because I don’t want money.
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Faster than a country that makes no effort: the US. 1/
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(Remember the “people have natural immunity” & “the virus died out”, & the “it will disappear” man?)

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