Apple Of Your Patriot Eye


Dear Trump-Nation,

Trump is on his third chief of staff, fourth national security advisor, fourth defense secretary, fifth secretary of homeland security, sixth deputy national security advisor and seventh communications director. Would it offend you terribly if I asked how this resonates with you? Not wishing to upset sensibilities of card carrying Trump-nation supporters, is it presumptuous to ask how you rationalize the fore mentioned administration failures?

Understandably, fake news driven witch hunts weigh heavily on your minds. Fervent defense of Trump can’t be easy, I’m sure it takes a toll on your well being. After all, life is tenuous without personal health and safety. Speaking of health, do you know Trump’s administration fired the entire pandemic chain of command in 2018?  Fired and never filled the position of global health security expert until yesterday when he named Ken Cuccinelli (regular Fox News contributor and failed Virginia Republican candidate for Governer ) as head of Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force?

Far be it for me to criticize the greatest president in U.S. history, apple of your patriot eye for appointing a Lawyer turned politician to chair the coronavirus task force.  A man without a shred of science or medical training whose first challenge played out on Twitter, attempting to access the coronavirus map without success. (See link below)

https://theweek.com/speedreads/897826/member-trumps-coronavirus-task-force-asks-twitter-help-accessing-map-virus

 

Viral Kitty


Despite WHO (World Health Organization) assurance of no existing evidence to suggest pets can be infected with COVID-19, reports out of China illustrate a alarming level of public hysteria. Contrary to WHO’s position, spokesman Li Lanjuan of China’s national health commission said – “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets.”

Surely I’m not alone in scratching my head over these images. It’s acceptable to serve whole bats and live mouse soup in high end restaurants, but when disease crosses the species barrier it’s time to walk masked kitty on a leash?

 A cat is taken for a stroll wearing its homemade coronavirus mask

 The makeshift masks are made using a human-sized face mask, with eye holes cut in to them

 A number of cats have been spotted on Chinese social media wearing the masks

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10947705/pets-china-makeshift-face-masks-coronavirus/

Pale Blue Dot Revisited


Thirty years ago today, February 14, 1990 – NASA spacecraft Voyager 1 looked back from Saturn to capture the Pale Blue Dot.

An image of bluish space, with streaks of sunlight crossing it, and with a single dot - Earth - within one of the sunbeams.

In this image from Voyager 1 – acquired on February 14, 1990, from a distance slightly past the orbit of Saturn – Planet Earth is visible as a bright speck within the sunbeam, just right of center. Earth appears softly blue. It occupies less than a single pixel in this image and thus is not fully resolved. Image via NASA.

As Voyager 1 approached Saturn, mission control planned to conserve power by shutting down imaging cameras. Astronomer Carl Sagan had an idea – before shutdown look back at planet Earth. Six billion kilometers across the cosmos Voyager 1 immortalized the Pale Blue Dot.

Today, 30th anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot

On this 30th anniversary, every last one of us should take a moment to ponder Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot –

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” – Carl Sagan

Sunday Night Pink Tonic Sing Along


It’s been a tough week. Rather than succumb to ominous implications of Trump’s kangaroo court acquittal or coronavirus headlines, I found musical tonic in Pink’s cover of 4 Non Blondes, What’s Up. Sometimes all it takes to refocus is a Sunday night Pink tonic sing along….