Monday Morning: Death Chases the Open ’em crowd down US Streets and other news


JAMES ENSOR DEATH CHASING A FLOCK OF MORTALS (1896) or what I call Open up Day across the USA

Good Day Sky Dancers!

This will be short. I’m still grading and they’re due in by tomorrow.

From The Guardian and Jason Wilson:  “US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests ”  Way to go idiots!

Cellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests – some of which have been connected with Covid-19 cases – are often traveling hundreds of miles to events, returning to all parts of their states, and even crossing into neighboring ones.

The data, provided to the Guardian by the progressive campaign group the Committee to Protect Medicare, raises the prospect that the protests will play a role in spreading the coronavirus epidemic to areas which have, so far, experienced relatively few infections.

The anonymized location data was captured from opt-in cellphone apps, and data scientists at the firm VoteMap used it to determine the movements of devices present at protests in late April and early May in five states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado and Florida.

They then created visualizations that tracked the movements of those devices up to 48 hours after the conclusion of protests. The visualizations only show movements within states, due to the queries analysts made in creating them. But the data scientist Jeremy Fair, executive-vice president of VoteMap, says that many of the devices that are seen to reach state borders are seen to continue across them in the underlying raw data.

One visualization shows that in Lansing, Michigan, after a 30 April protest in which armed protesters stormed the capitol building and state police were forced to physically block access to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, devices which had been present at the protest site can be seen returning to all parts of the state, from Detroit to remote towns in the state’s north.

One device visible in the data traveled to and from Afton, which is over 180 miles from the capital. Others reached, and some crossed, the Indiana border.

In the 48 hours following a 19 April “Operation Gridlock” protest in Denver, devices reached the borders of neighboring states including Wyoming, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Utah.

In Florida on 18 April, devices returned to all parts of the peninsula and up to the Georgia border. In Wisconsin on 24 April, devices returned to smaller towns like Green Bay and Wausau, and the borders of Minnesota and Illinois.

Following the initial wave of anti-lockdown protests in April, epidemiologists warned that they could lead to a new surge in cases.

In North Carolina in late April, one of the leaders of the state’s anti-lockdown protests tested positive for Covid-19 but said she would attend future rallies.

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From CBS News: “Full Transcript: Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s 60 Minutes interview on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic”

SCOTT PELLEY, CBS NEWS / 60 MINUTES: There’s only one question that anyone wants an answer to, and that is: when does the economy recover?

JEROME POWELL, CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE: It’s a good question. And very difficult to answer because it really does depend, to a large degree, on what happens with the coronavirus. The sooner we get the virus under control, the sooner businesses can reopen. And more important than that, the sooner people will become confident that they can resume certain kinds of activity. Going out, going to restaurants, traveling, flying on planes, those sorts of things. So that’s really going to tell us when the economy can recover.

PELLEY: Many states are beginning to reopen their economies. Do you consider the virus under control?

POWELL: Well, I think we’re going to see what happens with that. People will need to take certain measures to protect themselves. Wash their hands, wear masks in certain situations and things like that. And I do think that over the next couple of months, you’re going to be seeing the beginnings of the recovery, as people, as businesses reopen and people go back to work.

The big thing we have to avoid during that period is a second wave of the virus. But if we do, then the economy can continue to recover. We’ll see GDP move back up after the very low numbers of this quarter. We’ll see unemployment come down. But I think though it’ll be a while before we really feel, well recovered.

I’m still with my Mayor’s program of “safest at home” but evidently uptown New Orleans put the message through white privilege and showed up in groups all over. That was the only place where people were overly anxious to socialize around here or so I was told.,

Trump’s reopening troubles play out in his White House The White House is struggling to keep its leaders and staffers safe while pushing for the reopening of America.No photo description available.

Reopening isn’t go well in the White House either.  From Politico’s Nancy Cook:Trump’s reopening troubles play out in his White House. The White House is struggling to keep its leaders and staffers safe while pushing for the reopening of America.”

Not far behind the scenes of the West Wing, however, normalcy is still a ways off. Trump’s own top staffers are increasingly working from home. The White House has started to schedule more meetings by teleconference after two staffers tested positive for Covid-19, including one of the president’s military valets. Aides are now required to wear face masks around the White House, and in-person meetings, if they occur at all, are held in the largest conference rooms possible.

Even the White House mess, where staffers grab lunch and coffee, has shut down and is open only through the take-out window.

The most prominent office in America — with all of the testing, resources and doctors it needs — is still struggling to keep its employees and leaders safe, even as more than a dozen states reopen businesses, restaurants, parks and beaches. The White House’s struggles and its ongoing revision of its health measures offer a window into the myriad challenges that thousands of companies and employers face as they consider bringing back non-essential workers.

The hallways of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, across the street from the White House, are mostly empty, senior administration officials say — except for the vice president. He led meetings in that building last week in a secure room by phone instead of holding court in the situation room, after his press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive.

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This is from CNN and pretty much what I’m expecting with this open up early stuff: “A person who was Covid-19 positive attended a church service and exposed 180 people, officials say

A person who later learned they were positive for Covid-19 attended a California religious service on Mother’s Day, exposing 180 other people to the novel coronavirus, according to local health officials.

The individual got a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 the day after the service and is now in isolation at home, Butte County Public Health said in a statement Friday.

People who attended the service have been notified about their exposure and received instructions from health officials to self-quarantine, the statement said. Officials are working to get testing for everyone who was in attendance.

So, I’m off to finish up my coffee and grade things and chase down students.  Wish me luck and strength!

Be safe!  Be kind and gentle to yourself and others!  Stay your ass home as much as possible!

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

22 Comments on “Monday Morning: Death Chases the Open ’em crowd down US Streets and other news”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Just a little more gallows humor!

    Have a great day!!!

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    • dakinikat says:

      Catastrophe of the cronies

      When Trump belatedly set up his coronavirus task force in late February, he put together a team where only four of the seventeen members had backgrounds in science or medicine. But he did include National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, a former Wall Street economist and CNBC host with a spotty at best track record on actually understanding the economy.

      At the time of the appointment — again this is late February — Kudlow went on CNBC to assure the public that the administration had the virus contained “pretty close to airtight” and that any potential outbreak might be a “human tragedy” but probably not an “economic tragedy.”

      About two weeks later, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 a pandemic, and the unraveling of the economy began. It continues unabated two months later.

      Though Vice President Mike Pence is officially in charge of the administration’s task force, Trump’s ultimate crony, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, has been running his own “shadow” task force.

      It’s not the first time Kushner, the rich kid who failed in his own attempt at real estate baronhood, has been tasked by the president with leading sweeping projects far above his pay grade.

      Kushner’s unofficial task force consists of a volunteer squad of business associates. They’ve been focused on maintaining and strengthening supply chains during the pandemic, particularly the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and essential workers.

      The idea was that these bright young captains of industry would be able to use their private sector ingenuity to cut through the red tape inherent in government bureaucracy. And because they’re volunteers and not paid employees of the government, they are essentially not subject to oversight.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      Please watch. It’s funny. You don’t need the sound.

      • quixote says:

        😆 And so true!

        Since I never watch the turd, this is the first time I’ve noticed what a short step length he has. I’ll bet that ties in with the weird posture / balance issues giving him that maladjusted mannequin stance.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    This is even worse than Pompeo ordering staff to do personal menial tasks.

    • quixote says:

      With this transnational crime syndicate, you don’t even need to turn over rocks to find disgusting stuff underneath. There’s so much criming going on, it just bulges out everywhere!

  7. bostonboomer says:

    RIP Eddie Haskell.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    • dakinikat says:

      Was reading the Russians are doing it again. And why wouldn’t they?

      • NW Luna says:

        Why wouldn’t they do it again. It’s worked out well for them. A puppet in the White House and the US an international joke while being sold off for parts.

  9. NW Luna says:

    Well, so much for lupus patients being able to get their med. Also, now “evidence” = “lots of calls about it.” This man gets more fricking dangerous every hour!

    Trump’s stunning claim that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine could trigger a cascade of negative effects. It also reinforces a pattern of endorsing dangerous actions

    Asked what evidence he had that the medicine was effective as a preventive, Trump offered a curt response.

    “Here we go. You ready? Here’s my evidence,” Trump said. “I get a lot of positive calls about it.” At another point, he said he had received a letter from a doctor in New York who had treated patients with the medication and who asked that he “keep pressing” the drug.

    “The only negative I’ve heard was the study where they gave it — was it the VA? People that aren’t big Trump fans,” Trump said. He was referring to a report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs that indicated the drug didn’t help in treating covid-19 and, in fact, correlated to higher death rates. This report, he said, was a “very unscientific report” — conflicting with the “tremendously positive news” he gets personally on the drug.

    • quixote says:

      Of course. Random phone calls supporting confirmation bias have *always* been the gold standard of scientific evidence.


      • bostonboomer says:

        I’m so glad I left the TV off and ignored the news yesterday. Sometimes I just need a break from the madness.