Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Hard Times Indeed

I was born in 1958. I can remember the assassination of an American president; human beings walking on the moon; the resignation in disgrace of another president. I can remember the continental United States being attacked with almost three-thousand fatalities. Up until less than a month ago I believed I would never again bear witness to a historical event on the magnitude of the ones just mentioned.
I don't think I've ever been that wrong.
And now they're telling us that the next week or so is going to be even worse. I could spend this time criticizing this administration's completely incompetent, criminal, response to what the professionals warned him what was coming - waiting three months before proclaiming a national emergency, calling it a "Democratic hoax" - but I would sound like a broken record. I'll just limit this short posting to reminding everyone to stay put.
Fortunately in recent months I have not spent much time outside of my home and have received  few, if any, visitors. I had a bout of flu last week that was pretty bad and thought I might have contracted this virus, but I seem to be back to normal. I was finally able to obtain some face masks yesterday thanks to my sister Susanne, whose husband, Dr. Jack Dermigny, is a physician (obviously). Millions of people out there still have no access to these basic essentials for staying healthy.

Aunt Audrey
I was just thinking of my aunt Audrey Gargiulo, who passed away on March 22, one month shy of her 101st birthday. The oldest of my father's siblings, she survived all of them all by a decade or more. She was laid to rest at the family plot in Chester, NY three days later. A much beloved and respected woman, she would have had a Standing-Room-Only wake and funeral. As it happens, because of health precautions, the wake and burial was not announced and only nine of us were in attendance. Irony of ironies, she was born during the pandemic of 1918-1920 and stepped into eternity during the pandemic of 2020. At her baptism probably more than one person in attendance were wearing face masks.

Stay safe, folks. This has the potential of being more catastrophic then the two world wars and the great depression combined. Love one another - but keep your distance.


Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Here's a film to watch if you're in isolation which I certainly assume you are! Most critics believe that Citizen Kane is the greatest movie ever made. I'm not too sure that it is, but I won't be surprised or disappointed if someone proves me wrong. For the time being at least, you can watch it on You Tube for nothing. And please be aware of the fact that Orson Welles was a mere twenty-five when he co-wrote, directed and stared in this film. A masterpiece. Here's a link to watch it:




At 1:56 PM, Blogger The Catharine Chronicles said...

You and I are living in states who have had the best, most proactive governors in the country. This past week, emotionally, was the hardest for me. I miss my friends, I miss my kids, I miss my freedom. I have no idea how this is all going to play out. But I remember feeling this way after 9/11, too - that things would never be "normal" again. That there would never be a feeling of contentment, rightness, and optimism again.

But, of course, we found that after 9/11. And I suppose we'll find it again, after this. It's just hard to imagine what it will look like. Batten down your hatches. Stay safe and well. See you on the other side.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger XYZ said...

Tom may your aunt AUDREY rest in peace.

Born the same year in September been waiting/expecting for civil unrest throughout the world but never anything like this.

Ridiculous the price jacking going on,
the feds not rotating the stockpile,
US firms selling masks, other necessary equipment and supplies to the highest bidder

civil unrest coming next?

Has TSHTF yet.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger rustcoal said...

Well you heard it from trump himself that he isn't responsible for any of this, so all that's left to do is kick back, play some golf and watch his personal wealth grow from the 2.2 trillion dollar socialist bailout.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Today’s New York Times dropped a bomb on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo that outlines in brutal detail just how slow they were to react to coronavirus:



Biden: Coronavirus Pandemic Helping My Campaign

Imagine if Trump said this.

At 1:36 AM, Blogger XYZ said...

You going to tell me he/they did not heed the warning from the Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan Chair of the NGA knew what COVID was doing very early on the beginning of the year is the National Governors Associaton leader and Andrew Cuomo the vice-chair of the NGA.

""Published April 3, 2020
Updated April 4, 2020__https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/us/politics/maryland-coronavirus.html

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Larry Hogan was annoyed. On a conference call, Mr. Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, had just learned that several South Korean companies were ready to ship more coronavirus test kits to his state. But they were stymied because the Food and Drug Administration had not yet approved their use.""

""Frustrated by limited support and unclear guidance from the Trump administration, governors across the country, including some Republicans, have been squaring off with the White House and striking out on their own to secure supplies. Mr. Hogan, in his second term in a very blue state, has tried to stay miles ahead of the virus’s incursion here, like several other governors — notably Jay Inslee of Washington and Mike DeWine of Ohio — whose responses have been given better marks from Americans than the president’s.""

""Mr. Hogan put his health department on alert in early January when he saw the virus’s deadly crawl through China. On Monday, he issued a stay-at-home order for residents, a few weeks after declaring a state of emergency when the first three cases emerged in Maryland last month.""

The governors did not have the power to shut down the international travel into the United States The president allowed COVID-19 cruise-ship victims to enter the US unprepared with proper facilities to treat and protect the medical personnel and started the contagion. All those people should have been tested and quarantined and held in a government facility that is what they do when someone with a contagious decease comes into the United States and the have suspicions.

Many people that flew back complained that they were not screened when they came back thru customs not even scanned with a thermal thermometer.


Who do we blame for fear, the lack of proper PPE and other special devices, such as thermal thermometer cameras, etc that we saw other countries use to try to catch those unaware of their possible state of contagion before boarding public transportation by land or air?

A few 4+years ago when I was having cancer treatment they would question me every time I went to the hospital, doctors office, therapy, for lab work this was done as soon as I entered their door after reading a caution sign warning patients to warn anyone of travel, fever of feeling ill if I traveled abroad or had been feeling not so well of with a fever when the ZIKA virus was going around.

So the Trump administration got rid of the [1] group of people assigned to the task that where supposed to be on watch and making plans for something like this to save money for his precious wall.

[1] https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/trump-fired-pandemic-response-jared-kushner-coronavirus.html

Viruses have no borders or discriminate against anyone group of people they are looking for a host rich or poor.

Viruses are very effective at breeding and debilitating their hosts, families, and society they seem to defy the law of nature that no loss of energy/[2]conservation of energy happens with their infections they are neither alive nor dead nothing good or rational happens from their outcome.

[2] The law of conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed - only converted from one form of energy to another.



At 3:28 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Imagine if Trump said this.

“We have it very much under control in this country.”

“And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

“No, I’m not concerned at all. No, we’ve done a great job with it.”

"It’s a two-way street, they have to treat us well also."

“I take no responsibility at all".


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