In suburban Miami the mockingbirds don’t wait until sunrise to chirp. When the remains of the thick night air linger between 5:30 and 6 a.m., the blasted things are trilling in palm and olive trees, addled. On the rare occasions I skip my morning walks I’m listless and cranky. In this respect nothing has changedContinue reading “Screwing my courage: Pride ’21”
Behold the decadence of the POLITCO political press: DeSantis has prioritized monoclonal treatments such as Regeneron in his Florida pandemic battle plan, spending the past several weeks flying across the state supporting the treatments. Monoclonal antibody treatments are considered effective if administered early in an infection. At the same time, he has opposed Covid-related restrictionsContinue reading “Nothing matters and what if it did?”
To leave the mephitic COVID-filled air of Miami-Dade County for the crisp air and highly vaccinated population of Chicago was like stepping out of a smoky bar into a spring morning.
“The vaccinated have for too long carried the burden of the pandemic,” Juliette Kayyem writes in a cut-the-bullshit article for The Atlantic. She makes a point many of us have since the delta variant became a threat in early July: it’s the unvaccinated who should take precautions, not the rest of us. Kayyem cites aContinue reading “To the unvaccinated: ‘Sorry. Time’s up.’”
Seven students out of forty-nine went maskless in last Monday’s class, four out of thirty in Wednesday’s. Considering that over a third in a course with fifty students chose not to wear one a month ago I felt lucky.
On Sanibel, the island off the Southwest Florida coast, I saw nary a mask covering the faces of tourists in flip-flops and whose cars bore license plates issued as close as Cape Coral and as far away as North Dakota. A sprinkling of grocery and general store employees wore them. This happened despite the COVIDContinue reading “The CDC and its percolations”
On the same day conservative talk show hosts and the likes of Michael Flynn called Ron DeSantis a sellout for having the temerity to stress the importance of vaccinations, the Florida governor stuck with the script we have seen him perform since March 2020:
The glue holding Florida (the state with the prettiest name!) together, whether we live in Apalachicola or Opa-Locka, is a shared sense of disgust with the heat.
Remember death panels? A consortium of Obama-appointed Democrat ghouls was supposed to determine Grandma’s health care fate in 2010. Well, FOX News has death panels on TV, co-chaired by Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
“Thanks to the pandemic, Americans are drinking more and they’re drinking worse,” warns Axios in “America’s Deepening Drinking Habit.” Some of the discoveries: After more than a decade of declining alcohol consumption, per-capita alcohol consumption increased by 8% between 1999 and 2017 and the number of alcohol-related deaths per year doubled to nearly 70,000 OverContinue reading “Americans drank more during the pandemic”
Although bolder about going indoors in public, I still mask if I’m going to linger someplace: the library, the bookstore, Target, that sort of thing. So long as a chance exists, however small, that a lying unmasked customer can transmit the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID, I cover up. Cases are rising among theContinue reading “‘People would trust Facebook more than they would trust us’”
The citizens most privy to evidence-based conclusions have proven most resistant to vaccinations and most vulnerable to false information. Health care workers have resisted vaccines; thousands of mothers believe the COVID vaccine will lead to infertility. Because humankind remains a species that extraterrestrials may vaporize to rid the Milky Way of our pathological cruelty, IContinue reading “‘Well, it’s my body until you’re 18.’””