Day 34 of my self-quarantine. I’m beginning to enjoy it. Worries me.
We are all familiar with the poker phrase…..Money talks and bullshit walks. I have altered it a bit to use as my introductory topic: Numbers talk, bullshit walks.
On March 15 there were 67 coronavirus deaths in the U.S. As of yesterday morning, 22,021. In just short of one month!
Donald, you should be ashamed!
I do not blame Trump for the virus. I do blame him for not taking effective action earlier. He was more concerned with the economy than the lives of “his people.” In this regard, Trump does have blood on his hands.
He now is apparently considering taking a bath in it.
Trump is anxious to get the economy going. Get people back to work. Make the corporations happy. See the stock market go up again.
From his perspective, the key to his victory in November.
He has told us he is establishing a Second Task Force. This one to do with when to restart the economy. He has said May 1 and May with no definitive date.
The new Task Force will primarily consist of corporate representatives. Business America.
I don’t care how many face masks or testing kits corporate America has donated or will be donating. They will not be interested in the health of the American people. CEO’s are concerned about the bottom line of their company’s profit and loss statement. Period!
CEO’s jobs are to generate profit for their corporations and satisfy shareholders.
They will not be thinking coronavirus and the health of the people of the U.S. first. Not their job. It is Trump’s however. And in the end there is no question he will use their recommendation to rerun to work as license to call at least some sections of the U.S. back to work.
It will be the Last Supper for many called and some not called. Trump will have automatically increased the number of bodies available to the corona virus.
Andrea Bocelli brought happiness to an otherwise sad world yesterday. His performance in Milan was outstanding! What people world wide needed.
His performance was streamed world wide. I missed it. However, caught it earlier this morning. Bocelli yesterday is available all over the internet.
He sang inside and out of the Duomo Cathedral.
Some of the inside shots show the gigantic round pillars. It was behind one of these in the back on the inside of the pillar that I fell asleep. Thought no one could find me.
Wrong, I was. Must be a favorite hiding place for homeless and tourists like me who need a place to nap.
My friend Jim Brown lives on Crete. We have never met. However have corresponded for several years. Met via the internet.
He e-mailed yesterday: We live in troubled times, he wrote. So correct. He thought a good understanding of our present concerns can be found in the song That’s Life, sung by Frank Sinatra.
Jim sang it on video and sent me a copy.
He was correct. The words fit.
It was Greek day yesterday again. Heard from 2 other friends.
Theos wrote. He has been a frequent visitor to Key West over the years. I am not the only friend he has made. He is close to Pasta Pantaleo in Islamorada. Pasta’s real name Roberto. However is called Pasta by everyone.
I have never met Pasta. He is an artist. Operates the Signature Gallery. In the “Heart of Downtown Islamorada” as he describes it.
Theos wrote to tell me that Pasta refers to me as Mango Man. Why? How?
On occasion, I have run off to Islamorada to spend a weekend. Occasionally there is a need to get out of Key West. Off the rock as the locals describe it.
Islamorada is just far enough away. A one hour forty five minute drive. A quiet community. Not Key West. Some great restaurants. The next time, I will make it my business to meet Pasta.
One interesting point. I have met many Islamorada residents in the Chart Room. They come down to Key West to vacation a couple of days. Works both ways.
Another person of Greek origin yesterday. “Greek.” Her last name and the name everyone refers to her as.
I have not seen Greek in years. I first met her when she bartended at Square One. At least 20 years ago. The last time I ran into her was on the street about 5 years ago.
Greek liked me. She was protective. She wanted to be sure no evil spirit would hurt me. She gave me a little brass trinket to wear. I forget what it looked like. It was to ward off bad spirits. She told me to wear it every day. I did for 2 years. Why I stopped, I don’t know.
Greek e-mailed me yesterday. I assume because of the blog. It was good to hear from her. She is now a realtor.
Additional Trump time.
Trump lies. We all know it. Something like 16,000 plus times since becoming President.
He lies about China and the timeliness of their warning. He is seeking a scapegoat for his failure to timely move his ass re the virus.
The true facts indicate more than 400,000 persons from China were admitted into the U.S. after Trump became aware. Even worse, after he imposed the ban against China, 40,000 plus additional persons were admitted from China.
Trump may be getting ready to fire Fauci. I am surprised Fauci lasted this long. Fauci is smarter, does not lie, and has been in conflict re covid-19 with Trump. Trump follows his own advice rather than that of the scientist all America trusts.
A tweet by another started flying around the internet last night. With a hashtag: FireFauci.
Trump is upset because Fauci said, Earlier measures “could have saved lives.” Also, it “would have been nice if we had a better head start.”
Fauci wanted to do social and physical measures as early as February and Trump refused. Fauci also does not believe in hydroxyehl as Trump does.
The worse to come in a few days. Trump dislikes people getting more publicity than he. Fauci will appear on on the cover of The New Yorker. The article is titled: “The Most Troubled Man in America.”
Russia and the Saudis have been fighting over oil. Both are getting killed. The price of crude has dropped dramatically.
In the meantime, the U.S. continues to be in good shape oil wise.
Putin is our enemy. I consider the Saudis our enemy also. Neither has done anything but screw the U.S. for years. Now Trump helps the 2 to make a deal to save their economic asses. Not the U.S.’s.
In order to accomplish the result, Trump agreed to do his “friends” a favor. Drop the U.S. price of oil to make the deal work.
Again Trump gave something away with no benefit coming to the U.S.
“Our friends” will screw us the first opportunity they get and every time thereafter. Trump once again bullshitted!
Enjoy your day!