Friday, October 02, 2020

COVID Invades White House

It's a weird day in America! 

Starting last night, Oct 1st, we got word that President Trump's high-ranking assistant was diagnosed with Covid-19. 

Then, around 1AM this morning on the 2nd, the White House announced that Trump and the First Lady were both diagnosed with the virus. 

Later in the morning it was reported that both POTUS and FLOTUS were suffering symptoms from Covid. 

And late this afternoon Trump had been given an experimental "cocktail" to treat his illness, and only minutes later was rushed by helicopter to Walter Reed. Supposedly for observation. 

Meanwhile, he hasn't tweeted at all today other than several neutral-toned messages that were probably authored by his advisors. 

By this time tomorrow I'm worried that President Pence will have taken the oath of office to become the 46th President of the United States of America. 

Weird days indeed. Expecting updates throughout the night.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Cameron Peak Fire

I just returned from a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. While there, we were aware of the Cameron Peak fire that had consumed roughly 25,000 acres so far. The last two days we were there, the winds came up to 20-30mph and the fire exploded to over 100,000 acres, and shut down several roads inside the park. While the fire hasn't destroyed anything in the park yet, it's very dangerous and still may spread. Here's a few photos:

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Tri-state Govs Reject Trump's CDC Policy

In what continues to be a trainwreck of a pandemic response, Colonel Klink President Trump ordered the Center for Disease Control to completely change their approach to limiting their response to this national threat by lowering the testing levels among people who may have been exposed to Covid.
Posted on August 27, 2020 (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today released the following joint statement regarding the federal government’s decision to weaken COVID-19 testing guidelines: “The CDC has been a consistent, credible, and reliable guide for our nation for decades, providing clear and science-based guidance on everything from infectious disease to vaccines. That role is vital to our collective public health and it must continue. This 180-degree reversal of COVID-19 testing guidelines is reckless, and not based on science and has the potential to do long-term damage to the institution’s reputation. “CDC and HHS have not shared their scientific rationale for this change in policy, which substitutes sound science-based public health guidance with the President’s misinformation. This abrupt and ill-informed shift threatens the robust testing regimes our states have worked tirelessly to stand up with our federal partners. “Health experts recommend testing close contacts of individuals with COVID-19 to identify and prevent asymptomatic spread. This type of robust testing by our states has been a key factor in our success so far to flatten the curve in the tristate area. “New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will continue to follow the advice of health experts to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19, and therefore will not be changing our guidance that prioritizes testing for this population.”
Bravo to Governor Lamont and the governors of NY and NJ for rejecting this boneheaded attempt by Trump to metaphorically sweep this pandemic under the rug. To date, over 180,000 Americans have died because of Trump's denial of science and refusal to take advice from the medical experts. What a dick.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Joe Biden will be our next president

Imagine where we'd be today if we had a leader like Joe Biden, rather than the sociopathic vindictive inept criminal called Donald Trump.

Friday, August 21, 2020

President Obama at the Democratic Convention

This may be the best speech I've ever seen. Our nation is facing a crisis of leadership, and Barack Obama states the case clearly and without rancor. This is what REAL leadership looks like!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Schools reopening in Connecticut

(NOTE: THE NEW BLOGGER PROGRAM FOR SOME REASON WON'T ACCEPT LINE SPACES, SO UNTIL I CAN FIGURE IT OUT, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ONE GIANT PARAGRAPH ON THIS BLOG!) It looks like Connecticut is on track to open schools on schedule, according to Gov. Lamont's statements. More than half the school districts are planning on in-person classes, while others are using a hybrid of some number of home-schooled virtual classes. I can't say I'm entirely comfortable with this plan. Basically we're using our schools as test labs to see if it's safe to reopen or relax the rules for businesses or any other public gathering place. I would rather see the state open schools with a continuation of at-home schooling for the first month. That way we can compare how other states are dealing with the almost definite increase in new Covid cases that will result. We could have an October 1st opening day, which would still give the kids roughly nine months of in-school classes. And the benefit of learning from the mistakes of other states, if any are made. Judging from the still active nature of this pandemic, we're not going to have it under control until well after the new year at the very earliest. Trump's complete lack of leadership has a trickle-down effect, essentially giving people permission to ignore the common-sense safety rules about mask-wearing and public behavior. It's going to take either a successful vaccine (odds are this is going to take much longer than the optimistic predictions coming from the Executive Branch) or a new president to make a dent in the still skyrocketing new cases that are currently happening. Either way, the blame for the current situation we're in is almost entirely resting on the slumping shoulders of Donald Trump. This gives me no satisfaction, only sadness.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Covid cases in Connnecticut under control

Gov. Ned Lamont has worked tirelessly to ensure Connecticut is among the lowest incidences of Covid-19 cases in the nation. His tremendous leadership has helped our state become the model for America's battle against the pandemic. Only three sparsely populated New England states have slightly lower new infection rates.

I've chatted with a few Trump-supporting acquaintances recently, and even THEY complimented Lamont's handling of the crisis. For the Kool-Aid drinkers to admit THAT is really something!

We must remain vigilant and keep on using common-sense safety habits, such as wearing a mask anytime you're within six feet of other people and continuing to thoroughly wash your hands and use sanitizer. We aren't out of the woods yet, and judging how some other states are going, we will have to deal with this for many, MANY more months.

Which is the direct result of poor leadership. We all know whose fault THAT is!

Anyway, Keep Calm and Wear Your Masks!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lamont announces new Covid guidelines

Today new guidelines went into effect that requires anyone traveling to Connecticut from states that are currently seeing a huge increase in Covid-19 cases to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Connecticut is making the most progress in battling this pandemic due in large part to Gov. Ned Lamont's exceptional leadership and also the vast majority of state residents who take this crisis seriously.

A shocking comparison to other states with terrible leadership is Florida and Texas, which have Trump-loving pandemic-denying governors. Both states are currently experiencing a tremendous spike in new cases. The nation as a whole set a record yesterday for new cases.

But Connecticut is doing amazingly well. Stats from two days ago show our state leading the nation in reducing new cases.

The only thing I'd like to see changed with the new requirement is the option for someone coming into the state be tested within 72 hours before arrival and provide a certificate that shows a negative test result before allowing them to stay in a hotel, campground, or AirBnb.

Maine has enacted just such a law, and it seems to be working.

Under Keep Maine Healthy:

The State will allow adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test from a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival to forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. This test indicates that, even when coming from areas with a higher prevalence of the disease than Maine’s, such visitors are unlikely to have COVID-19 and to spread it to Maine residents and other visitors. Individuals may be tested in Maine, but they must quarantine while awaiting the results.

People who are not Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont residents must complete a Certificate of Compliance form indicating they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine.
This Certificate of Compliance must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, campgrounds, seasonal rentals, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish  proof of the negative test result upon request.

This kind of approach makes a lot of sense and I think our state would benefit from a similar program, rather than simply relying on voluntary self-quarantine.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Not Out Of The Woods Just Yet

Latest stats (as of June 16, 2020) for Covid-19 here in Milford and in Connecticut.

Milford still has a very high percentage of fatalities per confirmed or likely case, running at roughly 12.5%. This is likely due to the outbreaks at nursing homes, which have an extraordinarily high death rate. But still...

Connecticut as a state is doing somewhat better, with a fatality rate slightly below 10%. Not great compared to the national average. I haven't figured out the reason for the discrepancy between the national fatality average of (currently) 7.3% and our 10% rate. One sure thing is that a second wave of Covid-19 is starting to burn through the populations of many states that had low rates of infection before now.

But that's nothing compared to the amazing progress so many other countries have made to both prevent the spread of the virus and control the hot spots before they get too big. Obviously the reason for this is the singularly horrible lack of leadership our nation is suffering under. Trump at first ignored the threat, then denied it, then called it a hoax, then claimed we controlled it when we didn't, then claimed he had a miracle drug that would end the threat, then simply lied and claimed the threat is over.

There IS a vaccine for the virus known as Donald J. Trump.

It is voting on November 3rd.

Monday, June 01, 2020

Profile in Cowardice

Last night there were hundreds of protestors gathered around the White House.

Instead of addressing the nation on national TV, our president pissed himself, turned off the lights, and hid in his bunker.

The photo says everything about the character of the man who is supposed to lead our nation.