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April 1, 2020

This is from THREE years ago. But they did not see it coming...👀

Since then, the CDC has been under the leadership of a temporary acting director, even though the directorship is internationally recognized as "one of the most crucial public health positions in the government given the CDC's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks in the United States and worldwide."

In addition to lacking a director, more than 125 job categories — each of which applies to multiple positions — are blocked from being filled. Vacant positions include many within the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, which stores and monitors the world's most lethal bacteria and viruses, and maintains U.S. stockpiles of necessary countermeasures in case of an outbreak.


Wilful and malicious destroying of competence. And if deaths are contained at 240,000 I would be very surprised, unless they do not start mitigation to a much greater extent than the federal government currently says needs to happen.
April 1, 2020

Late capitalism has always been a death cult...

This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For
This is because late capitalism has always been a death cult. The tiny-minded incompetents in charge cannot handle a problem that can’t be fixed simply by sacrificing poor, vulnerable, and otherwise expendable individuals. Faced with a crisis they can’t solve with violence, they dithered and whined and wasted time that can and will be counted in corpses. There has been no vision, because these men never imagined the future beyond the image of themselves on top of the human heap, cast in gold. For weeks, the speeches from podiums have suggested that a certain amount of brutal death is a reasonable price for other people to pay to protect the current financial system. The airwaves have been full of spineless right-wing zealots so focused on putting the win in social Darwinism that they keep accidentally saying the quiet bit out loud.

The quiet bit is this: To the rich and stupid, many of the economic measures necessary to stop this virus are so unthinkable that it would be preferable for millions to die. This is extravagantly wrong on more than just a moral level—forcing sick and contagious people back to work to save Wall Street puts all of us at risk. It is not only easier for these overpromoted imbeciles to imagine the end of the world than a single restriction on capitalism—they would actively prefer it.

Emphasis mine
As she says at the end of the piece... It’s the end of the world as we know it, and everything does feel fine—not fine like chill, but fine like china, like glass, like thread. Everything feels so fine, and so fragile, and so shockingly worth saving. Things will not go back to what they were before the crisis, a time of change is coming. Worth clicking on the link to read the whole article, she is a splendid writer.

April 1, 2020


HAB911 Won the February contest and therefore has the privilege of deciding the theme for the April contest. I will be hosting the April contest. So without further ado the theme for April is "bokeh, the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light"

For those who are unsure what this looks like HAB911 kindly provided a couple of examples which I will replicate here:

Stunning!!! and very challenging as a theme.

Now to timelines.

I will open the competition to entries on the 15th April
Will close the competition for entries on 22nd April 17:00 GMT
First round of voting 22nd April for 3 days
Final round of voting 26th April for 3 days
Winner announced 29th April and they will decide the May theme as a marvellous prize!!!

Please be aware that I will be nagging all of you relentlessly to keep this competition kicked. As always it would be great to get 30 original pictures so spread the news far and wide please.

Get snapping

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About Soph0571

I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....
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