You’ll remember yesterday afternoon when I told you I couldn’t find my words … I think I found some of them, but it seems this batch is smaller than I had on Sunday. At any rate … I shall see what I can make with the words I do have and perhaps by tomorrow the rest will turn up somewhere.
On a personal note …
My granddaughter Natasha, aka Miss Goose, gave me her Christmas list last week and the very first thing on the list was … a donation to Black Lives Matter. This kid … she’s 25 now … she just makes me so damn proud of her. I feel tears welling every time I look at that list. The next item on the list, of course, is a new computer (that I just ordered, but don’t tell her), followed by a couple of shirts and a long list of books. But how many people do you know who start their wishlist with a donation to anybody, let alone such a worthy cause? I just had to give some kudos here to a young woman with a heart of pure gold.
Oil. Alaska. Wildlife. Asshole.
It would appear that Donald Trump plans to leave as his ‘legacy’ a 21st century “scorched earth” policy as he leaves the White House, hopefully forever. Numerous things have come onto my radar that he and his nasty band of cronies are attempting to enact prior to January 20th. For starters, the “Trump administration”, aka Donald Trump, announced yesterday that they are planning to rush through the sale of leases to oil companies that would achieve Trump’s long-sought goal of allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
The Wildlife Refuge … REFUGE, defined by Merriam-Webster as “a place that provides shelter or protection”. Animals, some on the brink of extinction, would be murdered in order for oil companies to make more profit! According to Adam Kolton, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League …
“This lease sale is one more box the Trump administration is trying to check off for its oil industry allies. But it is disappointing that this administration until the very end has maintained such low regard for America’s public lands, or the wildlife and Indigenous communities that depend on them.”
Disappointing? No, it goes well beyond disappointment. Disappointment is when your favourite restaurant is out of fish ‘n chips … this is infuriating, unconscionable, rage-inducing!
The Arctic refuge is one of the last vast expanses of wilderness in the United States, 19 million acres that for the most part are untouched by people, home instead to wandering herds of caribou, polar bears and migrating waterfowl. It has long been prized, and protected, by environmentalists, but Trump has boasted that opening it to oil development was among the most significant of his efforts to expand domestic fossil fuel production.
We. Don’t. Need. The. Damn. Oil. Somebody please, turn a few dozen polar bears loose on this moron and let them have him for supper! Truth is, it isn’t and never was about the U.S. needing that oil – it is and always was about the fossil fuel industry and their profits … men who already sit on billions of dollars of wealth, while some of us struggle to put food on the table. DAMN you, Donald Trump … just DAMN YOU.
How to make the pandemic even worse … hire Scott Atlas!
In just under a week, the United States went from 10 thousand cases to over 11 thousand, and we are on track to hit 12 thousand within a few days. Yesterday, we had 162,149 new cases, the day before 146,544. We lead the world in both coronavirus cases and deaths.
Scott Atlas, who I have mentioned before, is the highly un-qualified senior advisor on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, a position that was once occupied by the very well-qualified Dr. Anthony Fauci. Whereas Dr. Fauci’s entire career has been dedicated to the study of viruses and immunology, Atlas is a neuroradiologist … nothing to do with communicable diseases. Whereas Dr. Fauci cares about human life, Atlas cares only about licking Trump’s boots.
In the absence of federal guidance, states’ governors are taking the virus seriously and doing what needs to be done to keep the people in their state safe … or as safe as is reasonably possible. One such governor is Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer who, concerned by the recent spike in cases announced Sunday a three-week pause on indoor dining, in-person learning and several other activities. So, what did Scott Atlas do? Rather than support the governor in her effort to keep people safe, he tweeted …
“The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.”
Freedom matters … indeed it does, but somehow, being free once your dead, or lying in a hospital bed hooked up to a multitude of machines, somehow pales in comparison to being alive.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday that Atlas’ call to action represented a “grave concern” and warned that it could provoke violence in the state …
“These public health orders are absolutely necessary to preserve human life. But once again, here you have members of the Trump administration that are so much more hurtful than they are helpful.”
Atlas, a physician with no expertise in infectious diseases or epidemiology, has won favor in the White House in recent months by advocating against coronavirus restrictions and downplaying the disease’s threat. He has also publicly attacked Anthony Fauci, accusing the nation’s top infectious disease expert of stoking fears about the pandemic for political purposes ahead of the presidential election earlier this month. One of Trump’s worst choices, one who did not require Senate confirmation, and one who ought to be stoned in the public square for his hideous disregard of our lives, along with his boss!
Well … puff puff puff … it seems I found enough words to make a post, yes? And now, I think to soothe my own jangled psyche, I will go find a song for this morning’s music post.