Mark’s Covid Diary… May 25, 2020

Last year on Memorial Day, my son and I discovered a giant vernal pool teaming with tadpoles at Riverside Park, so we thought we’d go back today in hopes of finding more. While we didn’t find any frogs or tadpoles, there was plenty for us to talk about. Among other things, we saw a family stranded on a dead tree in the middle of the river, about 100 rotting carp scattered across the park, and a half dozen or so kids climbing on a play structure that was still partially roped-off with caution tape. [The play structure had been roped-off in response to the fact that an easily transmittable infectious disease has already claimed the lives of 5,240 Michiganders. Apparently, however, the families of these kids didn’t see any reason to comply with the guidance of public health officials.] It was a surreal scene. Dozens of public safety officers coordinating a rescue, parents watching as their kids essentially play a kind of “pay it forward” version of Russian roulette, and the smell of bloated fish rotting in the heat wafting through the air. But it was nice to be out of the house, and away from the computer, where I’d been reading about Donald Trump’s well-deserved golfing vacation. [Presiding over an economy in collapse, and the death of nearly 100,000 constituents isn’t exactly easy, you know.]

If you’ll recall, Donald Trump often criticized Barack Obama for playing golf when he was in the White House. In fact, Trump promised on the campaign trial in 2016 not to do the same thing if elected. “Because I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” he said. Well, at this point in the Obama administration, Barack Obama had played 98 rounds of golf, and, according to CNN, over that same amount of time, “Donald Trump has now spent all or part of 248 days at a golf course.” The Biden campaign, to their credit, just released an add about Trump golfing while the COVID-19 death count fast approaches 100,000 in the United States. Trump responded by saying that it was worse when Obama did it, and that, when he does it, it’s for “exercise”. [Obama, I guess, golfed for other, more nefarious, reasons.]

Donald Trump, for what it’s worth, also criticized Joe Biden’s handling of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak during the Obama administration. Alluding to the approximately 12,000 Americans who died in 2014, he called the White Houses’s response to that outbreak a “total disaster,” apparently unaware that 12,000 is a much, much smaller number than 100,000.

So, yeah… Donald Trump, from a golf course, criticized Barack Obama’s golfing, when, in fact, Obama golfed significantly less. And he then attacked Biden’s response to H1N1, on the eve of our crossing the 100,000-dead mark, completely ignoring the fact that nearly ten times as many have already died from the pandemic he’s been presiding over… a disease, by the way, that he once said would “disappear” as if by a “miracle”. [He also seemed to accuse former Republican member of Congress Chuck Scarborough of murder, but we’ll have to leave that for another time.]

Three months ago, on February 26, Donald Trump said, “The 15 (cases in the United States), within a couple of days, is going to be down to close to zero.” And, as of today, we have 99,742 dead in the United States. And we still don’t have a comprehensive, federal plan as to how to address the spread. In fact, based on the photos I’ve seen this weekend, it looks as though we’ve collectively decided to just sacrifice our elderly and infirm, and get back to business as usual, no matter what the cost. And, yes, I hold the President responsible for this. It would be one thing if he just failed to offer leadership from he golf course, but he’s been actively fighting on behalf of the virus, by insisting that states be “liberated” and businesses be reopened against the advice of public health officials.

So, back to the park…. Thankfully, I didn’t witness any tense confrontations with the police over the use of the playground equipment, like we saw a little while ago in Idaho, where an anti-lockdown activist was arrested for removing caution tape and encouraging her kids to climb on playground equipment, but it was still disturbing to walk by and see the torn caution tape fluttering in the breeze as kids played, apparently with the consent of their nearby guardians. Given that there were several dozen officers in the park, tending to the family whose inner tubes had gotten hung-up beneath the Cross Street bridge, you would have thought that one of them might have said something, but I guess they weren’t looking to spend their Memorial Day as a viral video clip on social media. [The people stuck under the bridge were rescued by police officers in a motor boat that was brought in on a trailer. By the time they were gotten out of the river, my guess is that there were close to 20 fire trucks, ambulances and police cars on the scene. And, for what it’s worth, I’d say that fewer than 10% of those on the public safety officers on the scene were wearing masks.]

Well, it took about a week, but I think all of the carp that left the Huron River when Riverside Park flooded, are now dead. You can just see a few in the foreground of this last photo, but there were about a hundred others floating around the pond. [You can kind of make some of them out if you look hard at the above photo. You can see the sun reflecting off of their bloated, floating bodies.] Yesterday afternoon, there was just one dead fish. So all of these must have died in pretty quick succession. I was surprised to find this many dead today. Arlo and I watched a fly fisherman catch one yesterday, and my impression, after talking with him a bit, was that these lagoons had pretty much been fished out. We didn’t see any sign of fish jumping, and he’d told us that he and others had already pulled a lot out, returning them to the river. And I don’t know how successful they were, but these fisherman were preceded by an army of young people with nets, who were out on Saturday, trying their best to save as many as they could. [At one point, Arlo and I counted 8 people with nets in the same small pond.] I guess, though, these 100 or so had evaded capture… Again, I think there’s probably an analogy to be made here between the carp that left the river and the folks who encouraged their kids to all go down the same slide, but I’ll leave that to you.

One last thing… Alro and I, later in the day, enjoyed a double feature of The Music Man and Indestructible Man, talking about what a mash-up of the two (The Indestructible Music Man) might look like. Professor Harold “The Butcher” Hill, we reckoned, would have come to River City seek out the men that had sent him to the death house, sell them musical instruments, and then break their spines in half, all while singing and dancing. [If we could have stayed up later, I would have added either The Omega Man or The Man Who Came to Dinner.]

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58 Comments

  1. Posted May 25, 2020 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    The Biden ad:

  2. Posted May 26, 2020 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I’m looking for the truth’: States face criticism for COVID-19 data cover-ups

    https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/42169814/im-looking-for-the-truth-states-face-criticism-for-covid19-data-coverups

    (From WRCB-TV)

  3. Anonymous
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    It’s a bit much to compare children playing on the playground to Russian roulette. Maybe that analogy would have been better applied to the people stuck on the river.

  4. site admin
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Agreed. It’s more a kind of “pay ti forward” Russian roulette, as they wouldn’t be the ones dying.

    I’ll edit accordingly.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if the parents of the kids on the playground really don’t care, or maybe they are just at their wit’s end as to how to socially isolate the naturally sociable. There is always play for children, even in the most dire of circumstances, ring around the rosie and all that. I’m sure your grandparents played as children prior to the polio vaccine, no?

  6. Lynne
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I am trying very hard not to be too judgemental about those I see violating social distancing guidelines but it is really hard. I am failing. The thing is, while I am sympathetic to people going a little stir-crazy, especially on a hot day, they are still exposing people to a lot of risks. I mean, it just is not ok to allow one’s children to play on playgrounds right now. And is it ever a good idea to go tubing on the Huron River in the spring when heavy rains cause the river to be high and also cause Ann Arbor to release raw sewage into the river?

    Oh well. I have resigned myself to isolating all summer. I have gone up to the lake but have been wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing and only staying outside. I was appalled at how many were simply not taking precautions. Lots of crowded boats and in one part of the lake, a bunch of younger people rafted their boats and were having a big party in the shallows.

    I saw lots of posts on social media from people either violating rules themselves or some were taking photos of others violating the rules. There was a lot of rulebreaking, that is for sure! The silver lining I guess is if one gets some immunity after getting COVID, these folks are just getting us to that point faster. I still hope that the hot weather will slow things down.

  7. facebook stalker
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Ken MacGregor, whose deceased wife the playground is named after, had this to say on Facebook: “The person that playground is named after would be telling the parents exactly how dangerous this is.”

  8. Anonymous
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Marathon Man is also good, but Arlo may still be too young.

  9. Arika
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    My husband and I and our four year old saw the “grandparents” this weekend (his parent and mine) and while his Mom is religiously following social distancing guidelines, my parents and his Dad repeatedly got too close, were not wearing masks, did not put their masks on their faces, touched toys and then handed them to our son, sat like 3 feet away from us…

    What the fuck. Will not be seeing our parents in person for a while.

  10. iRobert
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Michigan is one of only eleven states which is bringing down their new case numbers.

    The official count of fatalities in the US surpassed 100,000 this morning.

  11. John Galt
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Where are all my fellow MAGA-heads on this thread? Come one, guys! 100,000 is not that much! Let’s all meet at the playground to discuss how awesome Trump has handled this, and how many billions of Americans would be dead right now if Barack Husein Obama was still in control of our beautiful, white nation right now.

    Biden sucks. 12,000 dead Americans is too many.
    Clinton sucks. 4 dead Americans is too many.
    Trump rules. 100,000 is nothing. Freedom!

  12. The Washington Post
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Lori Klausutis was a 28-year-old staffer for Scarborough in his Florida office when she was found dead in the office in 2001. The medical examiner said she fainted from a heart condition and hit her head. Scarborough was not in Florida at the time, had already announced his retirement months earlier, and retired later that year. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker called this claim “vicious” and said they wish they had a bigger Pinocchio scale on which to grade it.

    At first, some people on the left, such as Michael Moore, actually used this to attack Scarborough, writes Florida journalist Craig Pittman. But in recent years, the allegation has found renewed life on the right. Most prominently through Trump.

    Seemingly unprompted — there have been no developments in this case — Trump has been pushing this conspiracy theory over the past couple of days, including over the Memorial Day weekend and again Tuesday.

    Klausutis’s widower never remarried and rarely speaks about his wife’s death. But he recently wrote a letter to Twitter’s chief executive asking him to take down Trump’s tweets. “I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain,” Timothy J. Klausutis wrote. “My wife deserves better.”

    The president’s tweets haven’t been taken down, and Trump continues the attacks.

    “Trump’s tweets offer a reminder of the remarkable nature of the Trump era,” Pittman writes, “that a sitting president can traffic in incendiary and false allegations while the political world around him remains largely silent, accustomed to Trump’s modern-day definition of presidential behavior.”

    On Tuesday, reporters asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany why the president keeps bringing this up. She deflected, choosing instead to list Scarborough’s many critiques of the president’s coronavirus response. “It’s Joe Scarborough that has to answer these questions,” she said.

  13. Eel
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    It’s totally different. It’s apples and oranges. When black people golf it’s because they’re lazy. When white people do it, it’s for exercise. I thought that everyone knew that.

  14. iRobert
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    What about #Whitmergate?

  15. iRobert
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    This is HUGE! The governor’s husband made a lame joke. This changes everything!

    FF, get working on that essay.

  16. Anonymous
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, where are EOS, HW and FF? I know they’re probably just recovering after Thayrone’s Memorial Day lemon party, but I’m concerned.

  17. EOS
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m here. Waiting for someone to post something interesting. I did notice that Whitmer opened up Northern Michigan in time for the holiday weekend, but told people not to travel there unless you owned property there. What a surprise – I hear she’s up near Traverse City now. It’s only a lame joke because it didn’t get him to the front of the line.

    I think if she had isolated SE Michigan, the rest of the state would have been fine. And if she hadn’t put COVID patients in nursing homes the death rate in our state would likely have been halved, or close to it. But I’m guessing because they aren’t releasing those numbers – why not? Most infected persons were either front line workers, those in close contact with front line workers, or those in nursing homes/group homes/prisons. If we do get a resurgence in the fall, can we quarantine front line workers after their work hours, deliver free food to them and pay their family members to stay home?

    Also noticed that Lynne is shaming people for not following social distance guidelines, after she has made two cross-country air flights and at least one drive. Florida- California-Michigan. Now, up to the lake? Whatever.

  18. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Aloha EOS, where would you put those who were living in long term care facilities who are being released from the hospital? Should they continue to be housed in hospitals or should they return back to their home? What does a compassionate conservative like yourself who supports the Trump policy of coexisting with the virus want us to do with those patents?
    Perhaps those field hospitals Trump had dismantled could have been put to better use? What do you want to do with all those infected prisoners too? We are going to be living with the virus for the foreseeable future–what is your solution EOS?

    Given current stats, 1720000 confirmed cases of the Trump virus, 100000 deaths and 360000 recovered leaves over 1259000 known infected individuals. The case fatality rate has fallen from around 8% to just under 6%. Hopefully we are getting better at treating the virus and the case fatality rate will continue to fall. If things remain as they are with no surge of new cases (yeah right) we will face at least another 100000 deaths over the next couple of months. So EOS if you have worthwhile suggestions lets here them.

  19. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    @Wobblie,

    Field hospitals were a great solution. Trump got them set up and the communities said they didn’t need them. Samaritan’s Purse was up and running and was told to leave Central Park so that patients could be sent to nursing homes. I read one source that said 60% of the deaths in Pennsylvania were in nursing homes.

    There is no effective treatment for this virus. It keeps mutating and that makes the possibility of an effective vaccine unlikely.

    Infected prisoners need to be isolated from the general population quickly, and treated in hospital wings. This means testing must be frequent. Frequent testing and isolation of the sick would occur in all group housing situations.

    If I were in charge, I would set up COVID treatment centers and keep patients there until they are free of the virus. Medical staff and all others who need to work closely with likely infected individuals would be housed nearby in luxury apartments where all their needs would be provided and they should be extremely well paid for isolating themselves from the rest of the population.

    Healthy persons would continue life as before, with a few changes. We would bring back manufacturing of essential supplies and pharmaceuticals to the US. As much as possible we would make everything in America so that we could buy all things American. And that’s just to start. MAGA

  20. iRobert
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    EOS,

    Why hasn’t Trump done as you’ve described?

  21. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I don’t know. I haven’t even been able to convince Whitmer. Go figure.

    If only I ran the world! Ha Ha Ha.

  22. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Aloha EOS, your solutions combined with an economic shut down very much mirror what the evil communist did to crush the virus in China. Since our official policy as a nation is to co-exist with the virus and work towards a magic bullet solution we will see no one implement sane solutions in this country.

    The current change in direction from “flattening the curve” to ignore it and it will go away as promoted by The Leader will obviously work. If we stop paying attention to what happens in extended care facilities, student dormitories and factories and label all those deaths “flu” we’ll all FEEL so much better.

    Do you get out of the bunker much? I believe that if you stay away from others, you can go out side safely. It is important to get sunlight. If you can’t go out be sure to take plenty of Vitamin D. Some scientist are investigating weather or not it is your Vit. D level that is determining how severe a case of the Trump flu you experience–possibly why older and darker skinned folks experience worse symptoms and have higher mortality. (Vitamin D may lock up molecular binding sites restricting and containing the growth of the virus at the cellular level.)

  23. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    The difference between my plan and the Communist Chinese is that front line workers would be extremely well paid, not sacrificed for the good of the rest of the population. And if they spoke up about a need that wasn’t being addressed, they wouldn’t disappear and never be heard from again. And high risk persons who got infected wouldn’t be tossed into the incinerators alive.

    More than 99% of healthy persons will survive a COVID infection, and many will not even know they are infected. Once they recover, they can keep our economy running and our communities thriving.

    Locking down the entire country has been a mistake. We just needed to build more bunkers for the vulnerable. My bunker is on the edge of the sprawl, so I can come up to tend my crops without risk of close contact with neighbors. Rather than a Vit D deficiency, I have a good case of sunburn.

  24. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    EOS,

    Do you know of any articles or resources that break down the state by state numbers for nursing home cases and deaths?

    I only saw the Forbes article that reported 46% of all deaths are occurring amongst .6% of the population that is housed in nursing homes.

    Could the huge discrepancy between states be partially explained by how states handled their most at risk nursing home populations? Michigan does not seem to be reporting the numbers while other states are…

  25. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    iRobert,

    Whitmer seems power hungry to me. I doubt it was actually a joke. That is her cover story. She and her husband presumably want power specifically so they can get special treatment in those kind of situations….It seems like it backfired. Good!

  26. iRobert
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I’m glad they got a lot of negative press for it too, FF. But I doubt he was genuinely asking for special treatment. Actual special treatment isn’t talked about so openly. He’s a dope for thinking he could make a joke like that and he and his wife deserve the guff they got for it.

    With regard to the state-by-state stats on nursing home cases and deaths, I think your question is a good one. I too would like to see those numbers. It would tell us a lot. It’s very annoying to me that those sorts of statistics aren’t very readily available.

  27. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    “Where are all my fellow MAGA-heads on this thread? Come one, guys! 100,000 is not that much! Let’s all meet at the playground to discuss how awesome Trump has handled this, and how many billions of Americans would be dead right now if Barack Husein Obama was still in control of our beautiful, white nation right now.
    Biden sucks. 12,000 dead Americans is too many.
    Clinton sucks. 4 dead Americans is too many.
    Trump rules. 100,000 is nothing. Freedom!”

    What makes you think it is good to try to portray MAGA as white supremacist? It seems like a number of you are addicted to that kind of behavior. It makes you sound like a cartoonish NPC.

    2..2 million dead with no mitigation. Pretty good spread you think or not? Less than 5% of the prediction so far and deaths are trending down.

    Who would have done so well? You want to install a China-owned politician now? 1.5 billion to little Hunter’s company but I’m sure arrangements like that would have no effect. That’s a baseless conspiracy theory. There is NO EVIDENCE Joe Biden is literally OWNED by China! Wull there you go.

  28. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Yeah, you are probably right. It is entirely possible he said something like “it probably doesn’t help that I am the governors husband”. That is a funnier statement—if he said it. Dopey either way though. It would explain why Gretchen seemed genuinely irritated with him. Is marriage counseling considered an essential service?

  29. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I contacted the County Health Department. They are keeping those stats, but not releasing them to the public. Too bad. That would be very helpful in assessing the current risks.

  30. Anonymous
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Trump takes over the Department of Justice: “Ho hum.”

    Whitmer’s husband makes a joke at a grocery store: “Whitmer seems power hungry to me.”

  31. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    It was an opinion statement mostly based upon my general (and superficial) impression of her. Was that not clear? My opinion has also been somewhat supported by first hand reports of people I know who have interacted with her. Those are just their impressions too though….

    Can you lay out how exactly trump took over the Justice Department? Or is it just some sort of impression you have?

  32. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    You are always so backward Anonymous. When I said “She seem power hungry to me” I was intentionally acknowledging how my bias might taint my interpretation of the event. You are suggesting the event forced me to conclude that “She seems power hungry to me”. That would be dumb…

    If it was an honest mistake on your part that is ok. But you always have things backwards it seems… The chronic “mistakes” suggest to me that you might not be stupid, rather you might just be a dishonest bullshitter…

  33. Lynne
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Also noticed that Lynne is shaming people for not following social distance guidelines after she has made two cross-country air flights and at least one drive. Florida- California-Michigan. Now, up to the lake? Whatever.

    The flights were before the lockdown FWIW. I practiced some extreme social distancing while on my drive home. I camped in isolated spots alone. I pretty much only stopped to get gas and I was very careful to wear a mask and plastic over my hands along with some very serious use of hand sanitizer (that I bought from the awesome Detroit Bus Co!). I did use some rest areas but only because they were very empty, i.e. no one in the restroom at the same time. I also went to the lake this weekend where I again practiced social distancing and wore a mask if I was talking to anyone. It isn’t a public lake so I can sit by the shore and swim without fear of encountering anyone other than my own family.

    Heh, I just got into an argument on FB about this. Some people seem to think that it is not ok to take pictures of people in public in order to shame them for not following social distancing and mask guidelines. I didn’t do that but I think it is fine for people to do. No one has an expectation of privacy in public places. If only there were some way people could obscure their faces so that they are unrecognizable when people post pictures of them on social media without their permission? Some kind of cloth with straps they could put over their face or something?

  34. Jean Henry
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    FF is back to defensive scolding.
    For a scold to be effective, the person chastising must have some legitimacy to the audience.

  35. Lynne
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous, it has been obvious to some of us for years that FF is VERY threatened by women with power.

  36. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Dingell is having a Town hall today. Email her and ask her to provide more descriptive categories of COVID illnesses and deaths.

    What percentage of deaths in our district were nursing home, group home, or jail residents?

  37. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Aloha EOS, since the Republicans gerrymandered Dingells district it includes hospitals in 3 different Counties. What Agency do you think compiles health information by Congressional Districts. You might just as well ask her how many Trump virus cases on the moon. If you are looking for real data about Washtenaw county it is easy.
    As you can readily see 15% of Washtenaw county deaths are younger than 70 and I would presume not in an extended care facility–96 to date, 13 or so in their 50s and 60s. Another 26% in their 70’s, the rest 80 and above.

    https://www.washtenaw.org/3108/Cases

  38. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    I would think the Congresswoman would have access to cause of death of all individuals in her district. All they need is a patient address.

    So are you guessing 85% could be nursing home deaths?

  39. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Aloha EOS, any idea what happens to individuals who get exposed to the Trump virus repeatedly? I wonder if they have ruled out the “bone crusher” dengue fever effect. Every time you are exposed to the dengue fever its effect on your body is progressively worse.
    At this point in time we don’t know shit about this virus and yet you in your typical callus Trumpian way are quite prepared to sacrifice young folks so you can live comfortably in your bunker.
    Does Amazon deliver ammo?

  40. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    EOS, no I am not guessing 85 % are nursing home deaths. My folks lived at home till they were in their mid to late 80’s. It is only callus Trumpians who shove their parents into extended care facilities at 70.

  41. iRobert
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    EOS,

    Is there a reason your heroes in the administration aren’t compiling all the information you think we should have?

  42. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2020/05/covid-19-related-deaths-reach-100-in-washtenaw-county.html

    368,00 persons in Washtenaw County on lockdown for over 2 months. Economy in a death spiral, businesses closing, mental health suffering.

    100 people have died of COVID in Washtenaw County. Almost 60% of deaths are attributed to patients that were at least 80 years old. Only 4% of deaths were in patients younger than 59. That leaves 36% of the deaths for the age group 59 – 79. About 15% of the county population is over 60. Add another 5% of persons with risk factors other than age.

    Let the 80% live free while those at risk isolate.

    Robert, the county health departments compile the data. They choose what is revealed to the public. They choose not to tell us which nursing homes are spreading the virus to their residents so that their families don’t storm the facilities to get them out. Public health does not look out for the individual. The individual has to look out for themselves. It’s entirely the local authorities that limit the dissemination of data.

    Your best bet is to stay healthy enough to stay out of any group home. It is for the “public good” that persons are encouraged to put their loved ones into nursing facilities to obtain the best care.

  43. EOS
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    ‘Quarantine’ is when you restrict the movement of sick people.
    ‘Tyranny’ is when you restrict the movement of healthy people.

    Q

  44. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I think Jean and Lynne are incredibly weak people. Make sure to incorporate that fact into your false theory about me, ok guys?

  45. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Jean,

    What Anonymous said either makes sense or it does not. I think the person posting under “Anonymous” often says very odd things…. Exactly backward things…. I gave my reasons. You can disagree with my reasons if you want. Be my guest….

  46. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    EOS,

    Thanks for compiling those stats.

  47. Jean Henry
    Posted May 27, 2020 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    “I think Jean and Lynne are incredibly weak people.”– AD HOMINEM (weak!)
    “Make sure to incorporate that fact into your false theory about me, ok guys?” — SPECIOUS (theories can not be false or true; they are theories, inherently neither)
    “What Anonymous said either makes sense or it does not.” — FALSE DICHOTOMY/ EXCLUDED MIDDLE
    ” I think the person posting under “Anonymous” often says very odd things…. Exactly backward things…. I gave my reasons.” — AD HOMINEM (weak!)
    “You can disagree with my reasons if you want. Be my guest….” THANKS FOR PERMISSION

  48. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Sorry. You seem to be wrong about everything, always Jean. I was offering *counterexamples* and I was attempting to be humorous. Lynne suggested I have a problem with women who are too powerful so I pointed out that I have a problem with Jean and Lynne because they are too weak. Not all expressed negative opinions of other individuals are AD Hominem attacks. You are wrong again. It becomes an Ad Hominem attack when a person, within an argument, avoids attacking the substance of an argument by instead attacking the person instead. The counterexamples I offered attack the substance of Lynne’s truth claim.

  49. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Very confused, Jean. When I said “ What Anonymous said either makes sense or it does not” I was not forming a false dichotomy, dummy. I was inviting/ challenging you to attack the substance of my reasons (which I gave) for rejecting Anonymous comment in the first place. The reason I was inviting you to attack the substance of my reasons was because you **avoided** it by instead simply claiming I lacked “legitimacy”. That is textbook Ad Hominem, on your part, Jean, but you don’t see it. Read my statement all at once while keeping in mind I was responding to your Ad Hominem: “ What Anonymous said either makes sense or it does not. I think the person posting under “Anonymous” often says very odd things…. Exactly backward things…. I gave my reasons. You can disagree with my reasons if you want. Be my guest….”

    I was literally encouraging you to attack the reasons I gave instead of just claiming something akin to “FF’s reasons must not be good because he lacks legitimacy”.

    I really hate watching you do this to yourself. Something inside of you must feel a need to be repeatedly smacked across the face with truth because you keep coming back for more. It’s not a bad sign I suppose. There might be hope for you yet, Jean.

  50. Anonymous
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    FF: This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.

    Thanks for explaining!

  51. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Aloha, what EOS like most “compassionate” conservatives leave out is the hospitalization rate. Hospitalization duration. Length of recovery. Health consequences of those who recover from the Trump virus. Like most complex problems they are only able to view the problem through the narrow self-interested view of what is best for “me”. Screw the old people, damn the consequences to the survivors all that counts is I get mine.
    Now get back to work you slaves your masters need you to get out there and make us some more money.

    Like most things Conservatives do not understand the purpose of quarantines. The current plan for travel in the Bahamas calls for ALL visitors to be placed in a 14 day quarantine. That is the traditional methodology. China has been imposing a 14 day quarantine on all visitors returning nationals entering the country. By doing this China has successfully crushed the virus. They have been successful in defeating the virus, while we flop around debating body counts, and which demographic groups we are prepared to sacrifice for the economy.
    I guess we will still be able to travel to Brazil. One banana republic to another.

  52. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Aloha, 40% of current hospitalizations in New York are under the age of 60. One of the many other factors are brilliant compassionate conservatives leave out of their get back to work equation is the length of time recovery takes. Many survivors are still struggling with recovery 4 and more months after being diagnosed.

    “The New York State Health Department’s survey of 113 hospitals, conducted from May 3 through May 5, found that nearly 60 percent of newly admitted virus patients were over 60 years old. Nearly 40 percent were over 70. More than 20 percent were transferred from nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Nearly 40 percent were retired.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/nyregion/ny-coronavirus-new-cases.html?fbclid=IwAR3KEp-Z121Yi96Fd5CE7yTlAkifojTv9nInKkGbpTIfi8v8sOkKRSNIPTI

  53. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    From the article you shared:

    “ The state health department also looked at the question of who is getting sick enough to go to the hospital. It surveyed over 100 hospitals across the state in early May and learned that four in five incoming patients were retired or unemployed, most had been sheltering at home, and NEARLY ALL had other underlying health conditions.”

  54. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Aloha FF, Which statistics from the article do you think are more reliable? The summary that you quote, or the actual breakdown that is also reported in the article, which I posted. In my line of work the specific always takes precedent over the general. A specific statement that says the dates the information was compiled and the number of hospitals surveyed seemed much more relevant than a reporters summary. But like all conservatives FF only looks for information that confirms his bias.
    The statement “nearly 40% were retired” means that over 60% were still part of the working age population. Most folks highest income years, allowing them to retire is ,between 50 and 65. FF and EOS would deprive those people of those income years and condemn the old to poverty. No wonder, conservatives have been drooling over getting their hands on social security for decades–they see this as their opportunity to complete the looting of the commons.

  55. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    My point was EOS was never claiming that only old people should be isolated. Vulnerable people with underlying conditions should be protected and isolated. People who are not vulnerable can be productive and thereby be active participants in the war against the virus. A sustainable war effort requires income and production. Non-Marxist types realize this and want to do their part to help out even if that means taking on minimal risks to keep themselves off of unemployment.

  56. EOS
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Wobblie,

    I have multiple reasons that put me at risk. If I were acting in my own self interest, I would advocate everyone be in quarantine so that they can’t infect me and kill me.

    The medical world has limited options in treating a virus without a vaccine. It is difficult to make an effective vaccine for an RNA virus that mutates rapidly. If we all stay in the bunkers for two years, we will still have to come out and likely catch the virus. Thank God it is not Ebola that would kill most persons in a couple of days.

    Almost all persons under age 60 will survive, but some will have lingering effects.

  57. Lynne
    Posted May 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I am just happy that some research is showing that wearing masks reduces transmission very significantly. We obviously can’t stay locked down until there is a vaccine or the virus goes away but if masks are that effective, we may be able to open things up but with a mask requirement. That is positive.

  58. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted June 11, 2020 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Aloha, people often wondered how were the Nazi’s able to get away with genocide? How did the German people allow it to happen? We have totally normalized 1000 of our fellow subject/citizens dying from a preventable plague. All we here is talk of “living with the virus”. it is bi-partisan, we must learn to live with the virus. So much for victory. But our Leader will not be held liable no matter–registration form for his Tulsa covid party
    “By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the campaign website says on the RSVP page for the rally. “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.” MAGA

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