Leana Wen praises Brayden Harrington in an important op ed

< p class=”is-empty-p”> for today’s Washington Post, posted yesterday afternoon, and titled I saw myself in Brayden Harrington’s story of stuttering. He showed us the power of sharing it openly. For the record, Dr. Wen has been a frequent presence on cable tv commenting on aspects of the pandemic. Leana Wen has had a long…

THIS IS IMPORTANT: Ed Yong's Atlantic article is an absolute MUST READ!!

Yes I am SHOUTING.  That’s because this is about the most important thing you can read today. The piece is titled How the Pandemic Defeated America and is subtitled “A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.” Yong, a staff writer for The Atlantic, actually warned before Trump was inaugurated how…

IMPORTANT: Evictions and the election

Writing this because of the expiration tomorrow of the temporary protection from eviction for people whose rent or mortgages are through Federal programs (which means in 30 days if in default they can be evicted). Those people will no longer live at the same address. That means their voter registration becomes invalid.  So do their…

4 important paragraphs from Lucian K Truscott IV

who is a graduate of West Point, a long-time journalist, a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson who was key in getting the Jefferson descendants to recognize as kin those descended from Sally Hemings. They are the last four paragraphs of a piece in Salon titled r the arrest of the police who killed George Floyd….

Trump Will Lose if He can't Define Biden – And That's Important

Presidential re-elections are normally a referendum on the incumbent. George W. Bush won re-election because he managed to shift the election to a referendum on John Kerry. (He was also a president in the middle of a war, and the Ohio Secretary of State was also his Ohio campaign chairman.) Trump is now — desperately…

This might be the most important piece to read on Covid-19

Ed Yong of The Atlantic hs a strong track record as a writer on medical issues. He has a new piece up, titled America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further and subtitled The coronavirus is coursing through different parts of the U.S. in different ways, making the crisis harder to predict, control, or understand. Normally…

This Doctor infected by COVID-19 teaches us an important lesson.

Dr. Joseph Fair was meticulous in staying disinfected and following the protocols to avoid COVID-19. Yet, this doctor could not escape an environment conducive to spread. This doctor illustrates why we are not ready x x YouTube Video Watch full episodes here. It is clear that a doctor working day in and day out with…

“There are more important things than living.” There's Trumpian feds hijacking the supply chain

Shakedowns of materiel like PPEs that demonstrate abuses of federal power are now de rigueur and should not be confused with fiscal policy or even neoliberal austerity. Disaster hides much venality. It’s about rank kleptocratic crony-capitalism in the form of market-cornering or cartelization. For example, Trump’s brag about ventilators is no different than a drug kingpin, especially as…

Things really important to me

First an apology. My post yesterday on my decision to vote for Warren (which I did at about 9:45 AM) and to contribute to her campaign ($100 online) was my first posting here in more than a month. Some may remember that in mid-November I suffered a stroke, later had surgery to relieve the stenosis…

Worrying about Bill Barr as Roy Cohn is more important than Trump's badger questions

It’s shark-jumping time in the White House. Remember that even the revenge-tour could be misdirection for other malign activity. Just to recap: 2/5: Trump is "acquitted" 2/6: Trump uses National Prayer Breakfast to promise vengeance 2/7: Trump starts firing witnesses 2/11: Career officials resign in protest as Trump administration intervenes in sentencing to protect Stone…

only moderates believe that being halfway to November 3 is important

So many believe that they are generally moderate or moderating because they cannot imagine themselves being so nonconforming that they cannot be sociable or civil in any situation. We are always conciliatory because we don’t really want to have someone tell us “DBAD”. We can support diversity up to and including that moment when that diversity…

Charles M. Blow challenges us with important questions

His column for today’s New York Times is titled It's the Cruelty, Stupid and reminds us of so many of what I cannot help but describe as the transgressions against humanity and violations of American principles committed under the leadershipo/direction of the current occupant of the Oval Office, with the tolerance and even active support…

Mourning someone important to me

He was born as Alexandros Vapheides near Piraeus in Greece in October 1934, meaning he was about 11 ½ years older than me. Until I read obituaries today I did not know that name. To me he was always Geronda,  Greek for Elder. His monastic name was Archimandrite Aimilianos. I met him 1981, during my…