Weekend Open Thread

“Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue.”

–Voltaire

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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Nice to see several people at the Zoom meetup yesterday … thanks to MichaelBowman for the solid technology that made it happen. 

    Stay safe … and help limit the damage by staying home.  I had another virtual gathering of friends yesterday — the medical professional among us told stories and talked about the preparations for the expected need that's coming.  Scary stuff.

    By one model's predictions,

    • if citizens do their part in staying home, and
    • if the disease is not worse than what is modeled, and
    • if all of the bed expansions Polis is working toward happen, and
    • if there are enough medical personnel to support the expansions —

    there may be sufficient capacity.

  2. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Best music video so far about the pandemic

    Embed isn’t working for me – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdcS0Nbo7Ng

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Thank you, Jared!! . . . 

  4. itlduso says:

    At yesterday's "press conference" "Dr." Birks noted that she is especially concerned about Colorado.  I discount every positive utterance from her, but I think we should take her seriously when she makes a negative statement. 

    I wonder what she's talking about?  There's absolutely nothing to indicate we have a particular problem reported in today's Denver Post- Mortem.  Thoughts?

  5. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Blood on his hands.

    “And as you know, last Saturday the FDA also gave emergency authorization for hydroxy chloroquine and the hydroxy chloroquine is a, I hope it’s going to be a very important answer. We’re having some very good things happening with it and we’re going to be distributing it through the strategic national stockpile.”

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      No certainty of continued supply for those using the drug for existing ailments — lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

      nothing resembling a controlled trial to demonstrate effectiveness.

      My cynical mindset wants to know: for the company/companies manufacturing it, are their executives backing Trump?  were there recent stock purchases by politicians?

       

  6. skeptical citizen says:

    Worst. President. Ever.

    I have stated these words frequently.

    Now Max Boot states them as well.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/05/worst-president-ever/

    • itlduso says:

      The best critics of Trump are conservatives and Republicans including Max Boot, Steve Schmidt (don’t miss any of his rants), Jennifer Rubin, Bill Kristol, Nicole Wallace, Joe Scarborough, etc.   In fact, I can’t name a Democrat that is as effective at tearing Trump a new one than these pundits.  Sigh.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Make regular visits to TheBulwark.com . You won't be disappointed.

        A good friend of mine is a descendant of former president Franklin Pierce, a.k.a. the drunkard. My friend doesn't claim him. 

  7. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile in Kansas, home to the failed coal plant debacle that was nearly a multi-billion dollar anvil around rural Colorado's neck. Slowly but surely they're clawing their way back into the 21st century

    VICTORY FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AT KANSAS SUPREME COURT

    “Kansans, like all Americans, have a right to the free hashtag#solar energy delivered to their roofs every day without fear of illegal utility charges that serve only to preserve the utility’s anti-competitive monopoly and prop up uneconomic fossil fuels.”

  8. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    This is a beautifully-written article on Ageism in America – a place where we've become the society who sees our old – the keepers of wisdom – as the problem. 

    We Are Not Expendable!

    Yes, we have, indeed, come to a very sorry place in our history where we disregard and consider expendable those among us who have arrived at their most vulnerable stage in their lives.  These are the very same people who have paid their taxes for longer than some of these self-righteous and callus politicians on the Right have been alive.  They have also contributed to Social Security for decades, fought in wars in defense of this country, contributed their talents and sweat to the growth and well-being of this nation and have also given birth to many of us.  And now in this time that has been called ‘The Great Forgetting,’ they are being sacrificed by an indifferent government and by large swaths of the populace that has become numb and mute under the erratic and oppressive onslaught of a Lunatic-In-Chief.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      I watched a video clip of a nurse today. She was fighting back tears as she explained that she and her colleagues and co-workers feel "expendable". It is a big club nowadays. My Cat and I are members.

      The Divider in Chief is trying to subvert justice and the constitution, but I think it is important to remember and hold accountable those who aided and abetted this petty tyrant. He is not doing this by himself

      I am simply saddened by the thousands of innocent fools who will likely be led into oblivion by their evangelist preacher. I am very comforted that my mother, who attended a small fundamentalist church for most of her life, came to see the phoniness and hypocrisy that took over when the corporate mega-churches began funding and absorbing small rural churches by the thousands.

      My mothers' faith in her savior never waivered, but her faith in her church died at the hands of John Hagee..

      America is betrayed. Betrayed by greed and ego. Betrayed by hatred and suspicion. Betrayed by the man who would be king and the Greedy Old Patriarchs.

      It is time for the end of the Republican party. The reign of Donald the Inept must end soon.

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        Speaking of (non) essentials in our world, the Reverand Graham weight in.  Like clockwork he never "misses a chance to miss a chance".  So God blessed us with riches while we were exterminating Native Americans and enslaving black people, but now he's decided to send a plague?  You've stained Palm Sunday you moron.

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          "Christianity has not been found tried and wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried."
          ~G.K. Chesterton

          • Genghis says:

            yes

            Chesterton didn't think much of White Prosperity Jesus and his minions, either:

            Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags. The mere minimum of the Church would be a deadly ultimatum to the world. For the whole modern world is absolutely based on the assumption, not that the rich are necessary (which is tenable), but that the rich are trustworthy, which (for a Christian) is not tenable. You will hear everlastingly, in all discussions about newspapers, companies, aristocracies, or party politics, this argument that the rich man cannot be bribed. The fact is, of course, that the rich man is bribed; he has been bribed already. That is why he is a rich man.

             

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          This may be the most creative way I've seen yet for someone to come out of the closet.  

          Israel Health Minister Who Called COVID-19 ‘Divine Punishment’ Tests Positive For Virus

          Israel Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, who previously claimed that the coronavirus was “divine punishment against homosexuality,” has tested positive for the virus.

  9. kwtreekwtree says:

    Colorado’s covid 19 outbreak will peak around April 17, according to the Gazette’s reporting of CDPHE’s modeling. We’ll need thousands of ventilators, and the Feds just bought Colorado’s ventilator  order out from under us, so we might not have enough to keep people alive.  Because Governor Polis isn’t a Trumper, and our Traitor in Chief is using life saving medical equipment as a political tool. 
     

    Any word on Cory Gardner standing up for Coloradans? Don’t hold your breath….

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