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John Cole started Balloon Juice early in 2002. Those who have followed along know that this has been quite the journey.
It’s been forever since we had one, so I wanted to give you all some warning that we are going to have one tomorrow night.
A friend from across the street texted me today to ask if my cable was out, and it was about 6 pm and I had not had the tv on all day, so I told him I would go downstairs and check. Went down, turned it on, and Mike Pence was yammering away. I immediately turned it off, texted my friend and said “I turned on my tv and Mike Pence was talking so first off, fuck you very much for that, and second, no, my cable is not out.”
If you think about it, that’s pretty insane, really. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and on the downward slope to a global depression, and the people who matter the least to me in making informed decisions for my future are the President and Vice-President. I literally will not listen to anything they tell me to do, because A.) they are fucking idiots and B.) they are DANGEROUS idiots. It’s a helluva way to run the country.
And it’s not just them. It’s a majority of the Republicans. That idiot in Georgia who we know stole his election just yesterday admitted he had no idea that the virus could be transmitted by asymptomatic people, something we have known for MONTHS.
They just can’t be trusted with anything.
I just completed my participation in the census online. Don’t forget to do yours if you were mailed a packet!
Now is a terrible time to have hypochondriacal tendencies and a chest cold. Had one of those “wake up feel fine, three hours later feel like shit and nap, rinse and repeat” colds for several days, now it is in my chest and throat and I am on meds. No fever, loss of appetite, or anything corona related, but still irritating as all hell.
Looks like April is going to be a real bad one this year. Do we all know anyone working in one of the hot zones who would could group together and help out?
As Liberty University’s spring break was drawing to a close this month, Jerry Falwell Jr., its president, spoke with the physician who runs Liberty’s student health service about the rampaging coronavirus.
“We’ve lost the ability to corral this thing,” Dr. Thomas W. Eppes Jr. said he told Mr. Falwell. But he did not urge him to close the school. “I just am not going to be so presumptuous as to say, ‘This is what you should do and this is what you shouldn’t do,’” Dr. Eppes said in an interview.
So Mr. Falwell — a staunch ally of President Trump and an influential voice in the evangelical world — reopened the university last week, igniting a firestorm. As of Friday, Dr. Eppes said, nearly a dozen Liberty students were sick with symptoms that suggested Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. Three were referred to local hospital centers for testing. Another eight were told to self-isolate.
If one person dies from this and it can be traced back to a Liberty “university” student, Falwell should be charged with negligent homicide or whatever charge applies. It’s not enough they follow a religious philosophy that kills, now they’ve embraced a political one.
Move over Rudy:
I know lots of you suffer from anxiety related issues, and I do as well, and earlier tonight I gave myself one hell of an “OMG I GOT THE RONA” anxiety attack. The proximate cause of said attack was spring allergies causing drainage which has given me a little chest cold combined with an active imagination and a fear that I may have killed my parents by giving them the virus.
At any rate, after they are gone, you remember how bad they were, but boy howdy nothing prepares you for when you are in the midst of one. It just sucks.
So please, y’all, take care of yourselves.
President Shit for Brains continues to be resistant to facts, evidence, reality, and sadly, the fucking virus itself:
President Trump said Tuesday that he wants the country “opened up” by Easter — April 12 — and continued to play down the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic even as experts warned of a worsening crisis.
A World Health Organization official said that the United States has the potential to become the new epicenter of the global crisis.
If, like me, you are wondering why Trump is apparently immune to the virus, the answer is that viruses CAN infect other viruses, it just isn’t that common. Regardless, opening up the country unless it is medically wise isn’t just insane, it’s fucking murderous. It’s gross negligence and more.
I’ve been investing in my retirement fund for thirty years, since I was 19. When I finished college, I lived in a shitty apartment that had fucking carpet on the walls from the 70’s because it was only $300 a month and every other apartment was $700+ and I drove a 1983 Chevy Celebrity until 2007 while my friends all drove new cars because I wanted to max out what I gave to my retirement and maybe be able to live when I could no longer earn. So I am invested in the stock market. It’s not much, but it is something. But if losing half of it or more saves the fucking life of just one kid’s mom or dad, it was worth every penny. This is not fucking rocket science.
And it doesn’t have to be an either/or. The way to avoid longterm economic effects are to endure the short term pain and get everybody healthy and not afraid to go out. You can open businesses all you want, no one but Darwin Award contestants are going to jam themselves in a fucking movie theater or stay for a week in a Trump Hotel if dying or killing grandma is a potential side effect, so the market is still going to be a hot mess.
Seriously, Larry Kudlow and those like him are going to kill us all, the Grima Wormtongue motherfuckers.
I’ll just end this little tirade with some sound reasoning from NFLTG Hillary:
Please do not take medical advice from a man who looked directly at a solar eclipse.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 24, 2020
I can not believe Trump and his coterie of idiots are even thinking about lifting all restrictions. We’re not even a month away from thinking about that. We haven’t even come close to the peak, ffs. LOCK EVERYTHING DOWN AND START THE PRINTING PRESSES AND START HANDING OUT MONEY. FIRE UP THE MANUFACTURING PLANTS AND MAKE MASKS AND SANITIZER AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND VENTILATORS. GIVE ALL GROCERY STORE AND UTILITY WORKERS AND COPS AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL RAISES. PAY EVERYONE ELSE TO STAY THE FUCK HOME. CHRIST SEND EVERY FUCKING HOUSE AN XBOX AND PS4 IF YOU YOU FUCKING HAVE TO.
jesus christ make me president.
I mentioned this earlier on the twitter, but I guess I never really internalized how much being in isolation would drive extroverts crazy. I have a ton of friends who are just losing it, and it has only been a week. People I know arehaving virtual happy hour on zoom, playing board games on facetime, one couple decided to up and paint their house. I know how miserable they are, because it’s the same way I feel in crowds, but at least I can leave.
So it’s super cool that all the museums and symphonies are doing what the other front pagers have posted. And remember, you are allowed outside. You just can’t be near people. Talk to people while sitting on your porch, chat with people out your window, etc. Just don’t get in coughing distance.
This address by Jim Justice was so bad I briefly contemplated drinking:
For those of you who for some reason are not aware, I am a worst case scenario kind of guy. I always just assume and prepare myself mentally for the worst, and then if I am wrong, I can be pleasantly surprised. Mostly this is a good thing and works out, although the election of Trump caught me off guard.
At any rate, I keep hearing things like a month, two months, and I think this is WILDLY underestimating how long we are going to have to deal with coronavirus. It would not surprise me if in some areas we are in a hole up in place scenario for six months or more. And that is if we get our shit together soon, which does not seem likely.
Right now, we are still just half-assing everything, and the most dangerous aspect is we are still nowhere near testing enough. Social isolation will work, but people are going to stop doing it if they do not have evidence of it working. Since we have not done adequate testing, we literally have no idea for scientists to accurately state whether it is working. Right now, the numbers mean nothing- imagine an alien coming to earth and telling them they are rich they have 1 million dollars. They have no comprehension what money even is, or anything to base a million dollars on, and it is meaningless. Same with our case numbers. We have no basis other than yes, there are more than there were before. And this is because we have not done near enough testing.
Therein lies the problem- if we had an adequate baseline, we’d be able to, in a few weeks, point to the new numbers and determine whether our social distancing was working. All people are going to see are the numbers continuously rising, and say to themselves “I’ve been locked in my house for three weeks and the numbers keep going up, fuck this I am going out.” Obviously that is a problem.
On top of all that, Trump can keep calling this a war, but he sure isn’t acting like it. We should have commandeered manufacturing facilities weeks ago and started cranking out tests and protective gear and supplies. Instead we’re, well- I don’t know what the fuck we are doing.
Long story short- I just see this going on for much longer than people anticipate, and am planning accordingly. I am going to squeeze more raised beds into my yard, buy more mason jars, get staples like dried beans and frozen meat, and hope for the best.
THIS IS JUST MY OPINION. I AM NOT TRYING TO SCARE PEOPLE OR CAUSE A PANIC. IT IS MY STATE OF MIND AND I MAY BE VERY, VERY WRONG.
Jesus H. Christ:
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR.
The remarks from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr were more stark than any he had delivered in more public forums.
On Feb. 27, when the United States had 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, President Trump was tamping down fears and suggesting that the virus could be seasonal.
“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle. It will disappear,” the president said then, before adding, “it could get worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens.”
“There’s one thing that I can tell you about this: It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” he said, according to a secret recording of the remarks obtained by NPR. “It is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.”
But wait, it gets better:
Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $582,029 and $1.56 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 29 separate transactions.
As the head of the intelligence committee, Burr, a North Carolina Republican, has access to the government’s most highly classified information about threats to America’s security. His committee was receiving daily coronavirus briefings around this time, according to a Reuters story.
A week after Burr’s sales, the stock market began a sharp decline and has lost about 30% since.
On Thursday, Burr came under fire after NPR obtained a secret recording from Feb. 27, in which the lawmaker gave a VIP group at an exclusive social club a much more dire preview of the economic impact of the coronavirus than what he had told the public.
These people are traitors.