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A Pandemic Anywhere Is A Pandemic Everywhere -- What Americans Should Learn, Support And DO

A PANDEMIC ANYWHERE IS A PANDEMIC EVERYWHERE: WHAT AMERICANS AND THEIR LEADERS SHOULD LEARN, SUPPORT AND, ABOVE ALL, DO

1. Appoint better public-health leadership COMMITTED TO FACTS ONLY
2. Invest in viral discovery in the world.
3. Re-establish a permanent federal pandemic response team of scientists and pandemic executives to lead in executing the national response to the next pandemic.
4. Legally require all governors to
— collect and report regular death totals of all medical examiners and coroners of their state.
— provide daily numbers on the Internet of pandemic tests, hospitalization, deaths, locations for testing, hospitalization and overall help

5. Closely coordinate WHO, CDC and US Pandemic Response Team monitoring for spillovers and fact checked, confirmed international report
6. Invest in American manufacturing of all viral tests, reagents; pandemic supplies, PPE, masks, alcohol, sanitizing supplies.
7. Build manufacturing systems to produce diagnostic tests fast and in great abundance for national use.
7. Build better surge capacity of health care providers in all states, providing tax incentives.
8. Coordinate plans across states, cities, nations, and international agencies for containing infectious spikes.

9. Keep PPE and ventilator suppliers contracted.
10. Coordinate logistics for moving supplies, medicines across state jurisdictions.
11. Apply the best practices in testing, contact tracing, treatment and decontamination of public spaces, private work locations, N95 masks that have worked in this past pandemic.
12.Create Internet sites for national communications with daily updating of all locations for consistent updates of information and personal help, with multiple linked resources

13. Coordinate education of political leaders and the public to stiffen their wills to endure social distancing and quarantine monitoring.
14. Plan and execute better funding cycles.
15. Commit political will to pay up front for preparedness that might not be needed.
16. Invest in drug trials research, immune response building research.

17. Invest in and coordinate nationally the best ways to decontaminate private and public spaces.
18. Form a permanent congressional committee to conduct pandemic oversight, write pandemic funding proposals for national preparing, pandemic research, pandemic coordinating of supplies and medicine spending and distribution, and review pandemic GAO reports.
19. Establish national pandemic laws that hold federal, state and local officials accountable for failures of transparency in the executing of their duties and reports to state officials and the public
20. Conduct a yearly National Pandemic Conference (PandemiCon) open to the public, business, technology, scientists and all government officials


A healthy nation is a strong, democratic nation.

A Pandemic Anywhere Is A Pandemic Everywhere -- What Americans Should Learn, Support And DO

A PANDEMIC ANYWHERE IS A PANDEMIC EVERYWHERE: WHAT AMERICANS AND THEIR LEADERS SHOULD LEARN, SUPPORT AND, ABOVE ALL, DO

1. Appoint better public-health leadership COMMITTED TO FACTS ONLY
2. Invest in viral discovery in the world.
3. Re-establish a permanent federal pandemic response team of scientists and pandemic executives to lead in executing the national response to the next pandemic.
4. Legally require all governors to
— collect and report regular death totals of all medical examiners and coroners of their state.
— provide daily numbers on the Internet of pandemic tests, hospitalization, deaths, locations for testing, hospitalization and overall help

5. Closely coordinate WHO, CDC and US Pandemic Response Team monitoring for spillovers and fact checked, confirmed international report
6. Invest in American manufacturing of all viral tests, reagents; pandemic supplies, PPE, masks, alcohol, sanitizing supplies.
7. Build manufacturing systems to produce diagnostic tests fast and in great abundance for national use.
7. Build better surge capacity of health care providers in all states, providing tax incentives.
8. Coordinate plans across states, cities, nations, and international agencies for containing infectious spikes.

9. Keep PPE and ventilator suppliers contracted.
10. Coordinate logistics for moving supplies, medicines across state jurisdictions.
11. Apply the best practices in testing, contact tracing, treatment and decontamination of public spaces, private work locations, N95 masks that have worked in this past pandemic.
12.Create Internet sites for national communications with daily updating of all locations for consistent updates of information and personal help, with multiple linked resources

13. Coordinate education of political leaders and the public to stiffen their wills to endure social distancing and quarantine monitoring.
14. Plan and execute better funding cycles.
15. Commit political will to pay up front for preparedness that might not be needed.
16. Invest in drug trials research, immune response building research.

17. Invest in and coordinate nationally the best ways to decontaminate private and public spaces.
18. Form a permanent congressional committee to conduct pandemic oversight, write pandemic funding proposals for national preparing, pandemic research, pandemic coordinating of supplies and medicine spending and distribution, and review pandemic GAO reports.
Establish national pandemic laws that hold federal, state and local officials accountable for failures of transparency in the executing of their duties and reports to state officials and the public
Conduct a yearly National Pandemic Conference (PandemiCon) open to the public, business, technology, scientists and all government officials


A healthy nation is a strong, democratic nation.

The Police Are the Aggressors -- "Due Force" Training Ended In The 90's

https://twitter.com/GravelInstitute/status/1266929927116468225

The United States has developed a notorious reputation for cases of police brutality, having reported far more incidents of killings by police officers than the rest of the Western world.[272][273] U.S. police killed 1,093 people in 2016 and 1,146 people in 2015.[274] Mass shootings have killed 339 people since 2015, whereas police shootings over the same time span claimed the lives of 4,355 people.[275] An FBI homicide report from 2012 observed that while blacks represent 13% of the US population, they amounted for 31% of those killed by police.[276]...

In a study done by the Research Triangle Institute in 2015, arrest-related deaths were ranked higher than supplementary homicide reports in US deaths by approximately 4%.

A study conducted by the police violence tracking website fatalencounters.org showed the records of over 26,000 people killed by police across the US since 2000, at an average of over 1300 people per year until 2019.[290]

In 2017, there were 1,147 deaths accounted for by police, of which in 13 cases police officers were charged with a crime. 640 of the deaths caused by police officers that year were responses to non-violent offenses and no crime was reported. 149 people killed by the police were unarmed.[291]

Studies have shown that "black people are three times more likely to be killed by police in the United States than white people. More unarmed black people were killed by police than unarmed white people last year," despite the fact that only 14% of the population are black people.[286]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_brutality#United_States

The main function of most Copwatch groups is monitoring police activity. "Copwatchers" go out on foot or driving patrols in their communities and record interactions between the police, suspects, and civilians. Copwatchers hope that monitoring police activity will provide a deterrent against police misconduct. Some groups also patrol at protests and demonstrations to ensure that police do not violate the rights of protesters. One Copwatch organization states that it has a policy of non-interference with the police, although this may not be true for all groups.[4] In Phoenix, Arizona, copwatchers have increased efforts of "reverse surveillance" on the police in an effort to document racial profiling.[5] They believe that Arizona Senate Bill 1070, a controversial law that allows police to question people they believe are illegal immigrants, will increase racial profiling by police.[5]

Copwatch groups also hold "Know Your Rights" forums to educate the public about their legal and human rights when interacting with the police, and some groups organize events to highlight problems of police abuse in their communities.[6]


Copwatch is supported through The First Amendment.[7]

In 2013 Berkeley Copwatch was awarded the James Madison Freedom of Information Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, for "effective use of public records to block a Homeland Security grant for putting an armored military vehicle on the streets of Albany and Berkeley."[19]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copwatch

Burn Down The Mission

Elton John





(lyrics)

You tell me there's an angel in your tree
Did he say he'd come to call on me
For things are getting desperate in our home
Living in the parish of the restless folks I know

Everybody now bring your family down to the riverside
Look to the east to see where the fat stock hide
Behind four walls of stone the rich man sleeps
It's time we put the flame torch to their keep

Burn down the mission
If we're gonna stay alive
Watch the black smoke fly to heaven
See the red flame light the sky

Burn down the mission
Burn it down to stay alive
It's our only chance of living
Take all you need to live inside

Ah ah ah

Deep in the woods the squirrels are out today
My wife cried when they came to take me away
But what more could I do just to keep her warm
Than burn burn burn burn down the mission walls

Now everybody bring your family down to the riverside
Look to the east to see where the fat stock hide
Behind four walls of stone the rich man sleeps
It's time we put the flame torch to their keep

Burn down the mission Lord
If we're gonna stay alive
Watch the black smoke fly to heaven
See the red flame light the sky

Burn down the mission Lord
If we're gonna stay alive
It's our only chance of living
Take all you need to live inside

"Today my 8 year old child asked if slavery will be coming back.

That is what your white privilege does.”

That's my black friend on Facebook today. Below her “status” I heard crickets for an hour.
I asked if I could speak freely. She said, “Have I ever stopped you? Even if I don’t agree?”

Outside the personal, here’s some of what I told her.
The rest I'm saying is to us here, in this nation and point in history.

The way I see white privilege is this.
Some actually own and revel in their white privilege. I’m not them.
What white privilege I have has been conferred upon me.
I'm not responsible for that. By accident of birth I was eligible for it.
For me (and most whites who are conscious of white privilege) white privilege has been conferred on me on the condition that I not abuse it.

I don't apologize for a system that's not mine, that I didn't make, and have fought against even while benefitting from it. And I don't deny it.

I’ve been privileged to not to be killed or sold; my privilege allowed me to work to pay to make my way; maybe to be loved, the fine print being that I'd better behave, or be ignored, dismissed, mocked, threatened, abused, raped, whatever goes with mistaking conferred privilege for freedom.

I learned how limited and conditional privilege is. I learned that my black friends didn’t even know what privilege was. They knew I had it cuz i was white. With a little help from my friends I had to sort out what they already knew.

Once I recognized that decades ago, I worked to revise my map of reality.
I learned that forcing women to give sex and unpaid labor on demand, on pain of death, created the first slaves. Making that deal, half the planet got to live, reproduce, and train their offspring to submit to dominators. The rest were murdered. Gender inferiority comes from that reality and is still not just a construct. Racial inferiority comes from that reality death deal and is still not a construct. Conferred privilege levels kept the dominated in their hierarchies and lanes.

So while that original violent system worked (and still works across continents) dominators across continents went on to play variations of it on each other — variously called “traditions” “cultures" “roles.” No real power politics existed for those with conferred privilege, just playing or surviving the dominators, with winners getting more money to maintain the hierarchal rules.
That violent system got scaled up to be used on "others" across the world under different power pretexts — “just wars,” colonialism, imperialism, every other “ism” — to prop dominators and the privileged who served them.

Today I’d explain to my friend’s 8 year-old that history books misdefine and mystify slavery. I’d tell him about those who got rich from all kinds of violence. 100 years ago they were paraded as celebrities. Now they mostly hide and hoard profit from the soft ’servicing’ of currency, social roles, religion, law, technology, who owns gold, who owns who, who owns God, who sets values and standards in all wealth sectors. Today they don't want to be seen.

If confronted, the hiders say, "it’s not personal, 's just business.” They gave us history from their convenient, self serving and absolutely privileged points of view. For the rest of us, life was lived to avoid trauma and betrayal through conferred privilege. One lived so as not to see any defensive amnesias and suffering of the oppressed — not to see black people, not to see trafficked sex and work slaves, LGBTQ humans, disabled, widows, orphans, elderly, caged children, all of whom, unseen, variously learn how to not be killed for just living.

Since the 70’s new histories of all those humans have been recovered, and everything's gotten so zippy and "complicated." However, today’s histories, combined, tell that the last millennium's old violent systems showed themselves through racial capitalism. Privilege and wealth hierarchies go from black people on the bottom to one white male on top.

Racial capitalism itself produced whitesplain history of US slavery, the US Constitution, military genocide of Indian nations, the US civil war, Jim Crow, austerity economics of the Chicago Boyz, globalism, and today's police murders of blacks, and arguments over property destruction from below, rather than from the privileged. To live in a bubble throughout all that has been privilege.

Walter Johnson, Harvard historian, has recently invoked the models of W.E.B. Du Bois and Cedric Robinson in proposing that the historiography of slavery be reframed around "racial capitalism.”
I see his work as a seminal rearranging of the historical map of human reality.
Those who own privilege dismiss his works as revisionism.
Even to not see the human histories of human suffering is privilege.

Racial capitalists still demand that their government, law, and the rest of us, value property over human protestors, children, women, whoever else. Fictional personhoods run the analog world and AI runs the digital world.

Racial capitalism's impersonal, unseen billionaires demand that those who make them billionaires get back to work, no matter the cost to personal life and liberty. Little more than trained animals or caged children.
Racial capitalism is today’s indentured servitude for white privileged racists, adjacent to all kinds of "black market” slavery hidden by fictional personhoods.

Racial capitalism. Where the front line humans work and try to survive the deadly COVID pandemic. Where only the weak humans die in a darwinian jungle of the privilege owners' making. We abuse our conferred privilege by even seeing them, knowing real numbers of deaths, or daring to cut through smoke and mirrors.

It's a privilege to say we're safe from those dense cities, to have a place of safety, far enough away from all the outraged cries of marching youth who give up having children, who nevertheless rage for a future free of climate disaster, fossil fuel, pandemics and death panels for our grandchildren.

400 years into this “democracy,” we of conferred privilege see that protestors are rightly and righteously blowing shit up over all that.
Alongside them we see the conditionally privileged whites throwing all that away and blowing shit up, too.


They are the new vision of an America that destroys property as the symbol, over history, of destroyed psyches and lives —

tattooed serial numbers
race jokes,
burning crosses,
confederate flags,
confederate monuments,
Indian mascots,
Wells Fargo,
Auto Zone,
police stations,
“developers'” urban removal condo buildings,
liquor stores,
cars,
cranes,
Targets,
McDonald's
Starbucks

— and they use fire, the poor rebels' dependable weapon.

Maybe they are the true “outsiders” who show the rest of us a new meaning of agency. Unlike provocateurs, they know the neighborhood. They are definitely not the in-and-out floaters. They're not the hit-and-runners. Not the non-committers. They show up and stay in solidarity. Wear plain COVID masks, no boogaloo masks, no balaclavas, no bullshit.

Women and black people are out, showing up in the class war arena. They and conditionally privileged men are seeing something there — that unity is not uniformity.
That all we have to do to unite is throw off our invisible, comfortable, fake privilege chains, ego point scoring, and care deeply about each other and our futures together, as fearless COVID maskers.

No small feat, right now.

But if not now, while venal leaders pick privilege lint from their rigged election navels;
if not now, when COVID deaths slow the racial capitalists’ machinery,
if not now, while we think through our particular trappings of privilege;
If not now, then when?
When?


If we can’t unite now, we will never be the United States. If we ever were.
If we can’t unite now, we'll never make the better, unconferred future that we could have made.

Never say never? I’m saying never.

We need to pull out the agency in us in the fierce urgency of the now that we have. Doing is being.

The whole world is watching.

We’re about to make a greater future, or make no excuse, when asked by our children and grandchildren, who will laugh at us and our "Yes, we can" stories.

I predict that the next five months is our chance to rearrange the human map of reality,
to be the agents who throw the racial capitalists' reality into the dustbin of false histories,
then blow that shit up.


Yes. We. Can.








Killer Mike -- Don't Burn Your Own House Down, Fortify Your House

"...It is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization.

And now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize an effective way. And two of the most effective ways is, first, take your butt to your computer and make sure you fill out the census, so that people know who you are and where you are. The next thing is making sure you exercise your political bully power and going out to local elections and beating up the politicians that you don't like."


Feeling It

Black Marble. "A Great Design"




(lyrics)

Monochrome, it's a Saturn world
Lying beneath the rings
And they tell me we don't have a long time 'til our decline
All the grown men are set in their ways
Shining in the street
And they tell me we don't have a long time, a great design
Why don't you shame the world
Shame them with your words and I'll smile
Why don't you shame the world
Shame them with words and I'll finally make believe
I'll atone for the saddest verse
Dry beneath my feet
And they tell me I don't have a long time to change your mind
All the grown men are set in their ways
Shining in the street
And they tell me we don't have a long time, a great design
Shame the world
Shame it with your words and I'll smile
We always have the tender words to my mind

The Dragon SpaceX Just Lifted Off

Launch starts at 26:40 mark




EDIT: video above replaces the stream; if I can find better I'll post it; anyone else is welcome to, as well


Is this the drone landing? It's dated today, and looks like it to me, but ...

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update May 30 2020

Start 7:30

Washington, DC Protests Are Looking Ominous, as The Murderer-in-Chief Threatens Them



https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-twitter-george-floyd-death-protests-white-house-dogs-guns-a9540216.html?fbclid=IwAR1Nvbr0s8C4z7xvRKfFYiq4Zjv78Y6t5EcwUfA_JR6fDWEBxeArHYbk8t0


In a Twitter thread posted after another night of protests and uprisings against police brutality across the US, the president suggested that US Secret Service members look forward to inflicting violence.

He also appeared to encourage counter protests, promoting "MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE".

The president said: "The front line was replaced with fresh agents, like magic. Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen.

That's when people would have been really badly hurt, at least. Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action. 'We put the young ones on the front line, sir, they love it, and ... good practice."



His posts also appeared to try to undermine protesters calling for justice in the wake of killings of black men by police by saying that the US Secret Service (which he appraised as "not only totally professional, but very cool" had "let the 'protesters' scream [and] rant as much as they wanted" but "whenever someone got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard — didn’t know what hit them."



This is who allegedly runs this nation. This is who youth see.

They'll move on Washington even more now.

This suited jackal will live up to his murderous intent. IF the U.S. military is worth our tax money, and worth its superior historical education, this military will not stand by and let him kill off America's next generation.
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