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Gerson on Pandemic Control, Supreme Court Rulings, Frequency of Testing and News from the Butterfly Garden
Supreme Court Decisions
Two Supreme Court rulings this
morning said that Trump’s financial records have to be made available to the
Grand Jury investigating him in New York, but they do not have to be made
available to the Congressional committees investigating him. Availability of these financial records to the public may remain
unresolved by the upcoming election. But
when they are, ex-President Trump (a certain loser in November) will be a private citizen and subject to
civil and criminal litigation, just like you and me. Michael Cohen, move over! You may have a roommate next year!
A RIGHT WING
CONSTITUENCY FOR PREVENTABLE DEATH
Here is an excerpt from a recent column by Republican
conservative columnist Michael Gerson, addressing the control of the
successful control of disease is ultimately a matter of individual
behavior. To improve such behavior on a large scale requires a consistent
message from all the commanding heights of a culture — the medical profession,
the government, the church and the media.
government (see Trump), the church (see Trump’s evangelical enablers) and the
media (see Fox News and talk radio) have encouraged broad skepticism about
essential health measures. In the process, they
have created a right-wing constituency for preventable death.
two options here. Either Americans will be rudely jerked toward sanity by the
sight of rapidly filling graves, or leaders of determination and talent will
rise above the self-destructive strife and make deliverance from illness and
death a unifying national cause. The president has left this role vacant. It
Michael Gerson is a columnist for The
Washington Post and a former speechwriter and aide for President George W.
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Miami Marlins Seem to Know the Score
Regarding Testing - - -Do Our Schools?Do You?
The Miami Marlins, scheduled to take part in an abbreviated
60 game schedule, want to make sure their players are not infected by the
Coronavirus, and at risk of spreading it among other players.With this in mind, they
are testing their players for the virus EVERYOTHERDAY.They know things can change rapidly.
Kids in School
If schools reopen next month, or whenever, we owe it to our
children and the families they go home to each day to do as much, so that the
presence of the virus among them can quickly be identified and the infected
students isolated for the protection of all, including those with whom children
associate after school hours. Such frequent testing would be difficult and expensive, but if a baseball team's management deems it necessary, our School Boards should consider it..
And while on the subject of testing, as I recently pointed
out, whether the Coronavirus Pandemic is spiking upwards, and if so to what
extent, can only be determined if we know what percentage of the total number
of individuals tested produced positive results.If that percentage does not drop, or at
least remain level, it means the spread of the infection continues unabated.
And even if the spread is controlled (social distancing and
mask wearing can accomplish this), the number of those already testing positive
unquestionably remains large, some of whom already have symptoms of Covid19,
requiring medical care and/or hospitalization.(Blame for this rests with those who promoted “opening up” before the
virus was under control.The imbeciles
who did this, including the President and many Governors, are the cause and
should be punished.) Most of those infected, fortunately, will remain
symptomless.Some, on the other hand,
will not and some of them will die.We
must remember that all of them, with or without symptoms, tested or not, can
pass on the virus.That is the real
a mask when out of your home.
you hands frequently.
necessary to go outside of your home, observe social distancing.
efforts to "reopen" businesses, bars, restaurants, etc. despite any
governmental okay to do so.
no attention to anything Governor DeSantis or President Trump say on this
subject. They know nothing about this.
best source of information is Dr. Fauci.
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News from the Butterfly Garden
Things are looking up in the
Butterfly Garden, running along the entire south side of my home.Take a look at it any warm sunny morning,
preferably before noon, and you will see dozens of Broadwing
Zebras, the State butterfly of Florida, a few Gulf
Fritillaries (they are orange), and if you are lucky, a Polydamus Swallowtail (black with yellow trim
along back wing tip.If you see one, it
is likely to be toward the back of the house) flitting around.
Even larger, and rarer, are
the Giant Swallowtails, (black with yellow
trim along both front and back wing tips), usually seen at northern corner of
screened in patio.Seeing one or two a
month is par for the course.
Of the plants, the purple
flowers on the maypop (passaflora incarnata) are
beautiful and smell great.There also
are numerous caterpillars from which these butterflies evolve through a cocoon
stage.There even are Monarch caterpillars munching on the milkweed
plants but seeing a Monarch butterfly (there
had to have been some around for the caterpillars to be there) is a
rarity.Monarchs seem to be dying out
throughout the country and my Butterfly Garden is no exception.
The large plant near the air
conditioner compressor is a Senna.It is there to attract Cloudless Sulphur butterflies.I had seen one or two a few months ago, but
thus far, there are no caterpillars on the plant.The Broadwing
Zebras love it, though.
Come take a look.If you have time, try first googling the
species I have printed in red and see what
to look for in the Garden.