Phil-osophy: March 30th, 2020

STUDENTS OVERCOME OBSTACLES.  It’s always good to see students determined to face hardships and overcome them.  In this case, a high school chamber choir wanted to perform although their school was closed.  Watch this 3:31 video to brighten your day.

SUSPENSION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.  That is what this Rolling Stone article asserts trump’s Department of Justice is trying to do.  As the article states, “…their priority is not saving lives but giving themselves more power.”

HELP FOR WHOM?  Per this HuffPost article, trump wrote to Kim Jong Un offering help with the virus outbreak.  It seems trump doesn’t understand he isn’t properly helping his own people.

TRIVIA.  It first appeared in the Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839, in an article that stated: The above is from the providence Journal, the editor of which is a little too quick on the trigger, on this occasion.  We said not a word about our deputation passing “through the city” of Providence.  We said our brethren were going to New York in the Richmond, and they did go, as per Post of Thursday.  The “Chairman of the committee on Charity Lecture Bells,” is one of the deputation, and perhaps if he should return to Boston, via Providence, he of the Journal, and his train-band, would have the “contribution box,” etc., o.k. – all correct – and cause the corks to fly, like sparks, upward.

That is the first recorded use of “o.k.”, meaning “oll korrect”.  It begs the question of why “oll korrect” instead of “all correct.” It seems “OK” was a short reference to “Old Kinderhook,” a nickname for Democratic presidential candidate Martin Van Buren.  The WHIG party countered with the use above claiming it was the bad spelling of Andrew Jackson that originated it.  See!  Politics did get into the conversation.

By the way, there are several other origin stories for “ok”, but this one seems best for those involved in politics.

POLLUTION & COVID-19.  We’ve known for some weeks now that reduced human activity in China resulted in reduced pollution, but what about the U.S.? The same seems to be happening her, per this CNN article.  Note the maps in the article.  Each has a slide bar to compare last year to this year.  It’s quite telling.

AGAST!  Texas’ Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told people, “Let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living. Let’s be smart about it and those of us who are 70+, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”  This, of course, contradicts recommendations by government agencies and public health experts.  You can read all about it here.  It seems Patrick, a republican, wants us to lay down our lives to help businesses.  I find that disgusting.

QUOTE:  When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh.  When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the end has come.  ~ “On Tyranny” by Timothy Snyder.  I advise you to read Snyder’s views on trump here.

SCIENCE SILENCED?  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) normally spearheads and widespread medical crisis in the U.S.  However, it is not for COVID-19.  Why?  Good question and they have given no answer.  For its entire existence until, CDC had an important seat at the White House table over such matters.  For COVID-19, they started very early on giving advice to trump’s aids and to the public.  Then they simply shut up and have been non-responsive to inquiries about their silence.  Some have hinted that they face funding cuts or other problems if they speak out.  If so, it seems to be as if it were the equivalent of a criminal action.

THE FIRST WAS INCREDIBLE!  It’s coming April 22, but it isn’t the first.  Just 50 years ago on April 22, 1970, we celebrated the first Earth Day, but the celebration was special in Springfield, Illinois.  There, the students in one classroom held a mock funeral for Earth and some 60 – 70 of them carried a 1,000-signature petition two blocks to the Lt. Governor’s office.  Still, it was more special than just that.  The mother of one of the students sewed a green and white flag that had been designed, but never made, just half a year earlier in California – the Earth Day flag.  That flag flew in that classroom until 1994, when it was given to the Smithsonian.  Read more about it in this short, but very moving, article.

By the way, do you know that an oil spill inspired the first Earth Day?

IS IT A COMPLEMENT?  We all know the president of the U.S. is greeted with ruffles and flourishes followed by Hail to the Chief, but is it really a complement?  The words to the song originated in a poem about a bloody-minded fictional Scottish outlaw.  Read about it here and decide for yourself.

QUOTE:  I don’t know what word in the English language – I can’t find one – applies to people who are willing to sacrifice the literal existence of organized human life so they can put a few more dollars into highly stuffed pockets. The word “evil” doesn’t even begin to approach it.   ~ Noam Chomsky

WHY COVID-19 IS BAD IN THE US.  I’ll quote one paragraph from a CNN article: Trump bears direct responsibility for America’s unpreparedness and failed response to the epidemic. Since Trump came into office, he has systematically taken apart our protective public health system. The pandemic unit at the National Security Council was dismantled in 2018 under his watch. Trump slashed the CDC’s epidemic control teams in 39 countries, including China. And when the epidemic hit, Trump ignored it, downplayed it, and made repeated false claims. Even now, he spouts vulgar nonsense about restarting the economy by Easter when public health experts say the threat is going to persist for far longer.

Here is the full article.

POLITICS FOR HEALTH PRODUCTS.  Can you imagine governors having to resort to politics and name-calling with trump just to get vital health products to their states?  That is exactly what is happening per this AP article in Northern Virginia Daily.

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Preview YouTube video Chino Valley USD Students Spread Hope During School Closures Due to COVID-19

FROM KEVEN KENNEDY: “Character Does Matter”

Have you had enough?  Is there any more that you need to see to recognize that we have a “leader” who is not just embarrassing or incompetent, but is actually DANGEROUS?  

Many who knew this individual before 2016 knew that he was not qualified to be President.  A few even said that prior to the Election.  As his Presidency proceeded, the evidence steadily accumulated:  Those who had predicted that he was inadequate to the job were, regrettably, exactly correct.   

Trump’s response to the first major crisis of his Presidency has been a cruel reminder to us all that it is essential for our country to have leaders who possess at least SOME aspects of good character.  None of our Presidents has been “perfect”.  A few of them have been graded by history as being “not very good”, and even the ones who are most highly regarded had faults.  

But a “Report Card” for this one would look like this: 

    Temperament:   F

    Knowledge:       F 

    Integrity:            F

Before anyone acts outraged, let’s look at how public knowledge about the coronavirus grew–along with some of the responses by our President and his loyal followers.  

  • In January, German scientists developed a test for COVID-19, and the World Health Organization offered the test to countries around the world.  The U.S. refused the offer.  The President dismissed the coronavirus as no big deal, said that people should not worry, and predicted that the virus would disappear when the weather got warmer.  
  • Meanwhile, 60+ other countries immediately put the tests to use (South  Korea can now test 10,000 citizens per day) and took medically appropriate steps with infected people.  It has been learned that people can carry the virus–and infect others–for 14 to 24 days before they show symptoms. Countries with testing have a level of control over the virus.
  • Trump, with his focus clearly on his reelection chances, continued to down-play the danger, and he lied about the availability of tests and vaccines.  He prohibited advisors from giving figures on the number of people infected, and he asserted that he knows more about the virus than the scientists. 
  • Flights from other countries, including from heavily infected areas such as Northern Italy, were not restricted until just recently, and there were no tests for arriving travelers.  Trump implied–and the most shameless of his sycophants opined–that the whole situation was a “hoax” promoted by Democrats.  Trump NEVER takes responsibility for anything negative; instead, he tried to pin blame on Barack Obama.  

Space does not allow for a full litany, but this should be enough for anyone to understand.  Because of the unconscionable delays in acknowledging the pandemic–and taking action to contain it–countless millions of people are already facing financial crises.  And an unknown number who might have survived may die.  

Trump has been obsessed over November’s election.  A political sign for the times:

4 More Years?? NO More Years!

 

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