March rambling: 4-stage strategy

The Hammer and the Dance: What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, if Leaders Buy Us Time

road-to-nowhere
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The 4-stage strategy.

Maps as propaganda.

The 1862 Binghamton Race Riot.

2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.

The Accusations Were Lies. But Could We Prove It?

I am recommending the AmeriNZ blog always, but especially from January 10, 2020 to now, involving grief and moving.

Why hard work and specializing early is not a recipe for success.

You could watch Song of the South, the most controversial Disney movie RIGHT NOW.

What Can You Learn from Each U.S. Census? FILL OUT YOUR FORM!

She Came, She Saw, She Conquered: 8 Women Who Changed The World.

Dorie Miller, War Hero.

Muslim man running for Congress helped pay the medical debt of a man who sent him anti-Muslim tweets.

How’s the Water?

Rev. Joseph Lowery, ‘Dean’ Of The Civil Rights Movement, Dies At 98 .

“You think grown-ups have it all figured out? That’s just a hustle, kid. Grown-ups are making it up as they go along, just like you. You remember that, and you’ll do fine.” – Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman), MATINEE (1993).

Why Doesn’t Disney+ Have More Muppet Stuff?

Biancolli: My week of hand gel and geek bliss on a Star Trek cruise.

Don Adams, Don Rickles in Midnight Cowboy parody.

Found! McLean Stevenson in a Raft on Cher in 1975.

Obstruction In Your Weasand?

Donnybrook

Tanking his own Presidency.

The Strange Case of A Psychological Reckoning.

Newest attack ad against him is scathing and it was done by Republicans.

The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History; It’s more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11—and it’s all the fault of Donald Trump’s leadership.

Narcissist in Charge.

COVID-19
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EarthCam live cam of Tidal Basin Cherry Trees, March 20, 2020. STAY HOME!

The Hammer and the Dance.

You Can’t Practice Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee.

Why it’s so deadly in Italy.

Americans Are Getting A Hard Lesson In Why Government — And Taxes — Actually Matter.

Without Mass Testing, It Will Keep Spreading.

Is $2 Trillion Too Little, Too Late?

How the US Botched Testing.

Stand Up America urges lawmakers to pass measure to extend vote-by-mail.

We Can’t Let It Drive Us Into Authoritarianism.

Economies Aren’t Built to Stop and Restart.

Historical Black Mondays in 1929, 1987, 2015, and 2020.

How student/athletes can cope with consequences of the pandemic.

Why You Shouldn’t Go To Your Friend’s House While Social Distancing.

Tech Tools to Help Your Library Cope.

Airline and Hotel Loyalty Program Changes.

Athena Says Its Cameras Can Detect 1,000 Infections an Hour.

How some cities ‘flattened the curve’ during the 1918 flu pandemic.

The Sudden Obliteration of Expectation– Hank Green.

What will the exhibition spaces do?

A Guide to Intimacy.

SOCIAL DISTANCE– A Randy Rainbow Song Parody.

The Oatmeal: How to be socially distant.

An Old ‘Scrubs’ Clip Is Going Viral Amidst Novel Social Distancing.

The Right Way to Kill Coronavirus. No, you should not be using vinegar.

How To Make Natural Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer.

Now I Know

Why We Don’t Chat Chit About Flop Flips and How Postage Almost Started a War and Capture the Flag and
Harry Potter and the Need for Fewer Casts and To Boldly Go Where You’re Really Not Allowed To Go and Neither Rain Nor Sleet Nor Crazy Address Will Prevent The Mail Delivery and The Grass With … Less Gas?

MUSIC

Murder Most Foul – Bob Dylan.

Piano Quartet No.3 in C Major– Beethoven.

Coverville: 1300: The Luckiest Episode and 1301: Cover Stories for Hozier, The Darkness and Black Eyed Peas.

Wannabe – Spice Girls (Vintage “Andrews Sisters” Style Cover) – Postmodern Jukebox.

K-Chuck Radio: The Evolution of Manu Dibango and Soul Makossa.

Happy Music.

Jump:Big Daddy in the style of Eddie Cochran; Van Halen; Aztec Camera.

Stoned Soul Picnic – The 5th Dimension.

Rebel Rebel – Rockin’1000 That’s Live Official.

This Too Shall Pass– OK Go.

Last Words of David- Randall Thompson, rehearsal video.

JB Scott’s 1979 – 1982. Photographs from the legendary Albany, NY Rock & Roll night club.

This Land is Your Land belongs to you and me…

Money in the time of COVID

Death knell for comic book stores?

Sure I was appalled by the suggestion of Texas’ lieutenant governor that grandparents are willing to sacrifice themselves at the altar of capitalism.

Also, someone wants the country to be “opened up and raring to go by Easter”; this defies logic. So does him touting an untested drug as a cure.

It shows just how times have changed. A dozen years ago, people were shocked by the false rumor that Obamacare mandated that no one over 75 be given major medical procedures unless approved by an ethics panel. “You can’t kill Grandma!” they cried. (Yes, it was a political lie, but some were genuinely fooled by it.)

The argument then was that good Christian people must protect the right to life of octogenarians. One could understand that premise, even if it were based on a false premise. This new twist boggles the mind.

Moreover, the “call to reopen the economy would put a premature end to the nationwide social isolation efforts underway to quell the spread of the coronavirus, and could cause the entire health care system — and in turn the economy — to collapse under the weight of a crush of critically ill people.”

Incidentally, some folks I came across online are convinced that the medical establishment in Italy is sacrificing old people because of socialized medicine. The Italians are using triage because there are too many sick and dying at the same time. Seeing page after page of obituaries in their newspapers is awful to see.

And that could be California or Washington state or New York State soon. Or Louisiana or West Virginia, which was the last state with a confirmed COVID-19 case, not much later. Or somewhere not yet on the radar a month from now.

Tanking

Of course, I know the stock market is mostly sinking. I’ve been studiously avoiding taking a look. My position is that assiduously tracking the Dow Jones will change nothing.

Earlier in the week, my wife called across the room that the stock market was down again. I yelled back, “DON’T CARE!” It’s not that I’m unconcerned. But worrying about it will just give me agita.

I will get a quarterly statement in early April. I will open it, look at the bottom line, scream, throw it in a drawer, and forget about it until early July, when I will likely repeat the process if necessary. Mentally, the pessimist in me had always budgeted for a drop; I will survive.

Stimulating the economy

That said, I’ve gotten in the past two weeks at least six books, a DVD set, a couple of compact discs and some other items online. While some were purchased on a gift card, the rest was my money. I have this desire to do my part to buy what I can from small to medium-sized businesses.

I purchased three Marvel Masterworks from Mile High Comics just before it was announced that Diamond Comic Distributors is no longer taking in new comics for a time. This could be the death knell of the vast majority of comic book stores, especially those reliant on sales of the latest issue of the four-color publications.

TP

I went to the store last week, during the old people’s early hours. And though I didn’t really NEED toilet paper, I bought some, a four-roll pack.

That afternoon, one of our young neighbors, who actually talks with us, sighed that they only had one roll of TP in the house. I went inside, got the 4-back, and tossed a perfect spiral to the young person. (Social distancing, don’t you know?) Obviously, I DID need to purchase it. I just didn’t know why before then.

What You Can Do Right Now.

How fragile we are, how fragile…

Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma

Suddenly, the chorus of some Sting song popped into my head.
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are

That’s it! That is how I’m feeling. The song references a different context, but it still applies.

ITEM: My father in law Richard has Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma. It’s a rare form of the disease. It took ever-so-long to get a decent diagnosis, involving him staying at hospitals in both Schenectady and Oneonta, cities 75 minutes apart, over a three-week period.

The treatment options, even early on, were uninspiring. The possible side effects of one course of treatment was having a heart attack. So that won’t happen. There are family dynamics needing to be balanced as well.

Who are you?

ITEM: A boy, 7, tested positive in Albany County for coronavirus. He is a student at the elementary school nearest my house, the school my daughter used to attend.

ITEM: The office I used to work at is on the third floor of a building downtown. Someone in another unit on that floor tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced March 16. Out of respect for her PRIVACY, we don’t know which person it is, except it is a female. The units don’t interact much, but they DO share a small breakroom. And I actually got to befriend a number of people in that other unit. So my ex-colleagues are all self-hanging out at home.

ITEM: This is not my usual behavior, but I have developed a fair case of hypochondria. Indigestion manifests in my mind as lung disease. My regular spring allergies/sore throat is, in my head, something worse. At least I recognize it as such.

ITEM: I’m really angry that he has been gaslighting us, that his decision to disband a pandemic team has hindered coronavirus response, and now that he’s FINALLY figured it out, he blames his son-in-law. The buck stops…somewhere else.

And then, at about 2 a.m. a few days ago – because I can’t sleep – I watched a couple Vlogbrothers posts: The Anxious Scroll (Hank) and Together (John). Then I read The Art of Socializing During a Quarantine.

They reminded me of what I used to do 25, 35 years ago: look through my address book and call people I had not spoken to in a while. That was it! In the morning, I was so excited to do it, even before I’d picked up the phone. It was something that got me out of my own head. I’m going to try to do that twice a day, at least.

More good news is that my church is come up with a remote connection.Virtual worship. I suspect we have to bring our own bread and juice.