Sunday Reads: KISS OFF!

Kiss it goodbye!

Here are some quick cartoons and a few tweets…

Mostly funny with some serious news.

This is an open thread…

39 Comments on “Sunday Reads: KISS OFF!”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    • Enheduanna says:

      Dump’s motivations behind recklessly sending that stockpile to China probably revolve around:

      a) trying to look like a bigshot to Xi
      b) see (a) above

      Art of the Deal! I’d like to see more reporting on this. Was it the entire stockpile? Who was advising him?

      • Enheduanna says:

        Oh just reading jslat’s reply from last night….I’ll calm down now. Still – the shortages are just so alarming. Can’t imagine what it’s like on the front lines.

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      From The Atlantic article

      Many common assumptions about the coronavirus pandemic are about to be tested in the U.S., in ways they haven’t been so far. The effects of the virus on populations like those in the American South—poorer, characterized by marked racial and social disparities in health status and health access, and often saddled with multiple preexisting conditions—aren’t yet well known. And many other southern states, unlike Louisiana, New York, Washington—all of which expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—have little in the way of public health-insurance options for those younger at-risk populations. If Louisiana (likely through Mardi Gras) was COVID-19’s foothold in the South, then America is about to learn a whole lot about how the disease interacts with some of the most stubborn and intractable health-care issues in the country.

      For now, the next point of focus should be on New Orleans. It’s not Italy, not yet. But the warnings are urgent, and perhaps even more portentous in their sobriety and certainty. The state will run out of crucial resources for taking care of coronavirus patients, likely before their number peaks. Hospitals will be under extreme strain. Health-care professionals will contract the virus themselves. Underlying health conditions will make their jobs more difficult.

      That means now is the time for desperate measures, Denson thinks. He’s calling for the kind of mobilization people reserve for the worst disasters—including donations of supplies and more doctors and nurses. “I hope that two months down the road, people are saying, ‘I overreacted,’” he said.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Oh no. Stay safe, dear Dak.

      • dakinikat says:

        I’m inside and I’m getting food delivery so should be okay …. it just is what it is … walk the dog still and the neighborhood is quiet and we dog walkers wave at each other from across the street.

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  7. Sweet Sue says:

    All funny cartoons except the Charles and Camilla one. That one is ghastly.

    • quixote says:

      Yeah. I have to admit, I had the same reaction. The others, though, so on target it hurts.

      Also, the guy with the sign outside the emergency room. The comment on that is right. I am not crying. I was just chopping onions. (not)

      • Sweet Sue says:

        Yeah, it hit the trifecta: misogyny, ageism and a callous attitude toward an ailing human being.

    • NW Luna says:

      Yes. The only people calling a older woman an “‘old bat” are woman-haters.

      Frankly we should all be so lucky to grow old with the partner we fell in love with when we were young.

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    • quixote says:

      Is it possible Mexico just isn’t testing very thoroughly and so doesn’t know how many cases they have?

      Admittedly, the US hasn’t tested very thoroughly, but it’s still obvious what a mess it is here.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Also it’s the end of summer in S. America. So they are just getting started with this.

      One of the alarming things I’m reading is how this will start down there now and then come back up here in the Fall with a vengeance. The 1918 outbreak did that and the second wave was far worse.

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  15. NW Luna says:


    molecular analysis also show that the SARS-Cov2 virus is active and replicates already in the nasopharynx, unlike other respiratory viruses that dwell in deeper regions of the lung.

    The viral replication in the nasopharygeal mucosa may also explain positive tests in the prodromal stage and transmission by healthy carriers, and perhaps the anosmia seen in early stages of COVID19. But this biology also means: avoiding large droplets, which cannot enter the lung anyway but land in the upper respiratory tracts, could be the most effective means to prevent infection. Therefore, surgical masks, perhaps even your ski-mask, bandanas or scarf, may afford more protection than portrayed by governmental official in their initial (understandable but unfortunate) recommendation against wearing of masks by the public in general.

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