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Rip It Up -- RIP, Little Richard

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Press Conference On Arrests In The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Murder and aggravated assault charges have now been entered against a father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, who claimed they were making a citizen's arrest when Arbery was shot to death in February. GBI Director Vic Reynolds spoke.

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update May 8 2020

Headphones recommended; volume is soft.

MMM -- MundoFriday

un amor, una vida, un mundo, para siempre

Girafot & Balkan Beat Box. " לא הייתה נחיתה על הירח"

Yanka. Dyagieva. “My Sorrow Is Luminous”

Domenika. “Mános Xydoús”

Dadju. “Compliqué”

Edward Maya, Vika Jigulina. “Stereo Love”

Café Tacvba. “Un Par de Lugares”

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update May 7 2020

Midday Music for Millennials -- MovieThursday

"All of life's answers are in the movies." Lawrence Kasdan (Director, Screenwriter, Grand Canyon)

one love

Gary Glitter. “Rock & Roll Part 2” (The Joker)

Dion & The Belmonts. “I Wonder Why” (Christine)

The Kinks. “All Day and All of the Night” (The Boat That Rocked)

Hans Zimmer & J Newton Howard. “The Dark Knight Medley” (The Dark Knight)

The Most Important Question

Transcripts are available a day after each of Governor Cuomo's Pandemic Updates.

Below is a partial transcript of Governor Cuomo's Pandemic Update May 5 2020.

It's a highlight of the update, in my opinion, that he declares the bottom line decision about the cost of reopening.

His important statement about the cost of human life is at the heart of all Democratic Party policy history. Since before, during and after the civil war. The answer determined why pre-civil war Republicans became Democrats, and vice versa.

In the last century, because of the stealth government capture by capitalism (discounting how actuarial tables define the insurance industry) since Reagan, we've had market values eat away at Enlightenment values. Almost without knowing it, we came to think of humans in terms of market value cost. Yet, humans have almost always been considered the major assets of a country, especially in the Obama administration. Today's cost, proclaimed by the U.S.'s oligarchy, is a dollar cost.

One point I want to make about reopening not just in this state, but all across this nation. There’s a conversation that is going on about reopening that we are not necessarily explicit about, but which is very important. There’s a question that is being debated right under the surface and the decisions we make on reopening are really profound decisions.

And the fundamental question which we’re not articulating is how much is a human life worth?
How much do we think a human life is worth?

There’s a cost of staying closed, no doubt, economic cost, personal cost.
There’s also a cost of reopening quickly.
Either option has a cost, you stay closed, there’s a cost, you reopen quickly and there’s a cost.
The faster we reopen, the lower the economic cost, but the higher for human cost.
Because the more lives lost, that my friends is the decision we are really making.

What is that balance? What is that trade off? Because it is very real.

If you now look at the projection models of how many lives will be lost, you’ll notice they changed recently. Why did they change? And they went up dramatically.

Because now they’re factoring in the reopening plans and the reopening schedules that states are announcing.
The federal government’s estimate, federal government’s estimate, FEMA has increased from 25,000 to 200,000 the number of daily cases by June.
Think about that increase.

The IHME, which is a foundation model supported by Gates, which is the preferred model by the white house.
When they were projecting deaths by August 4th, they projected in early April 60,000 deaths.
They projected mid April 60,300 deaths, actually a little lower.
Their new projection is 134,000 deaths.
How did it go from 60,000 deaths to 134,000 deaths?
This is the model which the White House relies on.

When the director of the institute was asked why those revisions happened, the director said, rising mobility in most of you US states as well as the easing of social distancing measures expected in 31 States by May 11th, indicating that growing contacts among people will promote transmission of the Coronavirus.

That’s a very nice way of saying when you accelerate the reopening, you will have more people coming in contact with other people.
You’re relaxing social distancing.
The more people in contact with other people, the higher the infection rate of the spread of the virus. The more people get infected, the more people die.
We know that, and that’s why the projection models are going up.

There’s a cost of staying closed.

There’s a cost of staying closed.
There’s also a cost of reopening quickly.
That is the hard truth that we are all dealing with.
Let’s be honest about it, and let’s be open about it.
Let’s not camouflage the actual terms of the discussion that we’re having.

And the question comes back to how much is a human life worth?
Do you see that projection model go from 25 to 200,000 cases from FEMA?
You see the number of deaths go from 60,000 to 134,000.

How much is a human life worth? That’s the real discussion that no one is admitting openly or freely, but we should.

To me, I say the cost of human life -- a human life is priceless. Period.

Our reopening plan doesn’t have a trade off.
Our reopening plan says you monitor the data, you monitor the transmission rate, you monitor the hospitalization rate, you monitor the death rate.
If it goes up, you have a quote unquote “circuit breaker.” You stop. You close the valve on reopening.

But it is a conversation that we should have openly.
Hard conversation, painful conversation, controversial conversation.
Yes, all of the above, but it’s also the right conversation ...

Governor Cuomo only hints that the "cost" question is much deeper than its dollar value for the economy and its beneficiaries.

What is the networked cost in relationships -- child-parent-family, friendship, community, business?
What is the cost in spirit?
In world view?
In life decisions?
In self-esteem?
In politics?

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update May 6 2020

"Our freedoms to assemble, to speak our minds, to ignore good advice, and to second-guess authority can facilitate the spread of a virus. "We're not China -- we can't order people to stay inside. Democracy is a great thing, but it means, for something like COVID-19, we have to persuade people to cooperate if we want to save their lives." Dr. Richard Besser, former CDC director and alum of The Epidemic Intelligence Service

excerpt from Charles Duhigg. "The Pandemic Protocol" The New Yorker, May 4 2020.

MMM -- WhatevWednesday

"We must use time as a tool, not as a couch." John F. Kennedy

one love

Nora Jones. “Sunrise”

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. “Familiar”

DJ Crucial. “Dennehy”

Bo Biddley. “Ballad of Bo Diddley”

BB King Calls This His Best Live Performance.

Sir Mix-A-Lot. “Baby Got Back”

The Drumbeat From Now Until January 22 2021

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