Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Chloroquine is a rampant public health problem in India - it is yet another drug epidemic in itself. And it is poised to hit the United States; especially after the American president's endorsement by planetary dispatch.
To celebrate Memorial Day Weekend, this weekend includes songs about war and protest but also songs about life, being remembered, noble and loved.
I'd been to Bible camps and such. I read it myself. I was devastated. I've come back to it but through the Qur'an, Bhagavad Gita, Avesta, Tao Te Ching - you name it I've read it. If anything, Joseph Campbell gave me the best for religion: Follow your bliss.
Celebrating this year's high school graduates who have had to sacrifice the American rite of graduation, this weekend's music thread is about school, youth and great days ahead.
So, if you grab every book on the subject of Epidemiology that you can get your grubby hands on, and erase everything relating to pandemics; then viruses don't exist anymore, right? That seems to have been Trump's only strategy, figuratively speaking - the only thing he could come up with, during the first stage of the Coronavirus Global Pandemic.

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  • Kalima-Short Posts:Nina Khrushcheva: Trump's coronavirus lies and propaganda suggest America needs its own 'perestroika'. The United States could likely learn a great deal from the Soviet Union’s attempted program of serious reconstruction. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-coronavirus-lies-propaganda-suggest-america-needs-its-own-ncna1212991
  • Kalima-Short Posts:Funny how he could send supplies all around the world in January and February when the pandemic was taking hold and being told many times it was coming to America. The cupboards were bare once he had raided them and profiteered from other needy countries. He sent 20 tons of PPE to China, then stole from American hospitals, cities, counties, and states to send more. — Editorial: If the pandemic-preparedness cupboard was bare, it was Trump's doing https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-if-the-pandemic-preparedness-cupboard-was-bare-it-was-trumps-doing/article_bd1bb8d6-7477-590d-af72-ae4e305de601.html
  • Steppenwolf-Weekend Music Thread – Fortunate Son:My name would make me Scots-Irish, but my family's oral tradition is that my ancestors came from Northern Ireland. They were isolationists, as I pretty much am, and did not participate in the Civil War. They lived: "down South," in a place so remote that it was said that it, "wasn't the end of the world, but you could see it from there." My dad was a soldier, and a career officer. We lived in Germany during the USAFE years (and, "yes," we took home sets of fine Bavarian china, at pennies on the penny.) I spoke German that I learned from the locals; and for some strange reason, I loved Germany. My dad was an inveterate sightseer and we poked around every corner of the country, from the fairy-like castles perched high above the Rhine, to Constantine's magnificent hall, to the battlefields where my father fought the German Army. He was Airborne, so his missions were always thirty miles out in front of Patton's 3rd. That wasn't long after the war, but Daddy never spoke of their actual assignments. They would never say anything except, "I did my job." I was told that before the war inflation was so high that you needed a wheelbarrow full of money to buy dinner- and that might be nothing except a loaf and a jug. Germany had been tortured after the First World War. Unconscionably and mercilessly. I can't muster sympathy for nazis, but I have always felt sorry for the German people. They didn't hang their heads, or complain. But they spoke with bitterness about Dresden, and the other fire-bombings that were a culture war. The last job that I ever did professionally was working with a team of German engineers in Basil, a city that is about one-third German. We went on beer tasting hikes, their national pride. They are so proud, still. But, I like Belgian beer better, with its smooth red pilsch, than German lagers and Weiss.I remember when the Wall was smashed down with sledges, and jacks. Nothing was sure in the first hours, and I didn't sleep for two days.
  • Steppenwolf-Coronavirus Report Card: Where Do We Stand?:I did want to include FDR, but I couldn't single out one thing he did best, to fit the style of the piece. He spent the decade of the Thirties preparing us for the inevitable war against fascism, negotiated with world leaders, recovered the banking system, and was beloved because he talked to the American People. Can you imagine that? Treating us with respect, and talking to us. Where did we lose the, "Great Dialogue?" I honestly don't know. I know that I detest our worthless politicians because they threw the Great Dialogue in the trash. I don't think it's something that applies to you, but I would suspect that most Americans would think that I'm speaking generally; but the Dialogue was a historical event. All around the world, thinkers engaged each other, and each built upon the ideas put forward by others. Russia was very much a part of it, and Europe; and later, during the Countercultural Revolution, we gathered in dimly lit rooms, and talked all night. We thought that love would last forever - we were wrong. I thought that the Airlift was such a "good" thing. We were able to do "good things" then. Where did we lose the way?
  • Kalima-Short Posts:Fingers crossed that at least one monster is eliminated. The rest is still to come. — Netanyahu in the dock: image of Israeli PM on trial may haunt him for ever If convicted on corruption charges, country’s longest-serving leader could be sentenced to more than a decade in jail https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/24/netanyahu-in-the-dock-image-of-israeli-pm-on-trial-may-haunt-him-for-ever
  • Khirad-Weekend Music Thread – Fortunate Son:I know it is near impossible to feel sorry for Germans in WWII, but I do. I wonder what I would have done. Not been SS or anything like that, but, if you knew my real name, - my German side was here before WWI, but still. We were American. We dropped the German language on that side. We integrated out of fear for being un-American. As such, I do have sympathy not for the Nazis, but for every conscript. It's difficult, and those that have known me also know I have a Southern Scots-Irish Confederate history. Yeah, every day I don't wake up and blow my brains out is a good day. I can't divorce myself from my heritage though. All I can do, is excise the bad parts. In both wars, they lost - and I'm glad. But, I'm sorry, not everybody had a choice - especially in Nazi Germany. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=189w5xpkt0Y
  • Khirad-Weekend Music Thread – Fortunate Son:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croix_de_Guerre My grandpa was in the Normandy campaign, as a driver and mechanic. I'll find photos before Monday, but he never talked about it. Not to my dad, not to anybody.
  • Khirad-Weekend Music Thread – Fortunate Son:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5-LevCAjRQ
  • Khirad-Weekend Music Thread – Fortunate Son:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM8bTdBs-cw
  • Fergie1-Weekend Music Thread – Fortunate Son:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YuWAZmD0aU


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