Swine Flu fever. I think it is not exactly funny, but so appropriate. The world needs to really have its nose rubbed in the basic bear necessities. The simple bear necessities.
Gavin Newsom is on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow making the right noises running for Governor of California as a liberal democrat.
Iowa is the new center of same sex marriage. But it is not really an issue any more, according to Mayor of San Francisco Newsom, “guns gods and gays”, as he called it, the old issues of the right wing is fading as an important issue as people begin to think about jobs, health and global warming. In that order with global warming unfortunately on the bottom of the list. It is really backwards and a job should not define who you are. Certainly haveing a livable planet should be the first priority, health on a personal level next and a job should be on the bottom of the list. Only in an extreme capitalist society where the twisted 19th century of social Darwinism still pervades some peoples thinking is there such a backwards priority.
On the bright side GM has offered to give the government and the union virtual control of the company. As I heard today on NPR. This could be a brave new world of nationalized and hopefully rationalized industrial production. GM can be used to make green cars, some plants can be converted to solar energy and wind energy production and it can become the world leader in the greening of the planet. Sure would be nice.
The great band Flaming Lips, native to Oklahoma have a song that has become the official song for Oklahoma. Apparently republicans objected to the Communist hammer & sickle tee shirt on one of the band members at the ceremony where the honor was annouced and were going to block the will of the states citizens who had voted in the song two to one. The Governor a fan of the band decided to override the republicans in the state legislature and now “Do You Realize?” is the state rock song.
Some things get better while other things get worse. The Governor of Texas, Mr Perry with one side of his mouth is rallying the secessionists and out of the other side he is asking the federal government for help with the Swine Flu outbreak. As anyone with half a brain should realize, the Republicans are simply trying to steal the libertarian right with a show of fake support.
On the other side the left has been snookered by the democrats into buying into Capitalism lite. The same crew from the Clinton administration who gave us republican lite has their hands on the economic levers and this crew is tied into Goldman Sachs and the old masters of the universe. That discredited crew is playing like wolves in sheep’s clothing, waiting for us to get over being upset with them so they can get on with business as usual. In fact that is exactly what they are doing.
We have to keep their feet to the fire. In this we should have an alliance of all the working people left and right. We all need to keep the world out of the hands of the “puppet masters” to quote the Metalica album. The drummer is on MSNBC, it seems Rachel is having an old home night with two San Francisco guests.
I am semi lazy, letting the news of the day determine my writing tonight. Oh and by the way those masks that the people in Mexico are wearing with the Swine Flu outbreak, nope, not a bit. The ones that really work are the kind you get at army navy stores and Has mat supply shops if there is such a place. Wash your hands and cover your mouth, and stay away from sick people. That seems to be the best thing short of your own personal hazmat suit.
Why have 149 people died from Swine Flu in Mexico and nobody else around the world? We have 11 cases in California, 2 of them in LA. The UN says Swine Flu cannot be contained. The flu has already spread around the world. We just don’t know if we have a 1918 pandemic or something that will die out according to Robert Frizzell on Hardball.
Pat Buchanan is saying 40 or 50 people are sick in the US and it is not a serious threat. He thinks the president is right not panic mongering unlike the UN officials.
Well we will find out. It seems that the presidents team is on top of it unlike the Bush response to Katrina when there was a complete lack of urgent federal response.
WHO says the swine flu outbreak is a level 4 on the scale of 6 in the pandemic rating, potential disaster, but not an actual one. Well this is the modern world… “Bring Out Your Dead”… well maybe not so modern.
On a lighter note it seems that while torturing the so called terrorists at Git-mo the Bush interrogators were told to try to find the connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. Even torture could not bring out a connection. How lame. How sad. What a bunch of losers.