1,000,000 Dead of COVID-19 in the U.S.

COVID-19 has claimed one million lives in the United States.

I wish I could say this makes me sad, but mostly I’m just exhausted. Tired, angry, and grossly disappointed with our elected officials. It didn’t have to be like this. We had the tools to do better, to keep people safer.

We still do. It’s not even that hard. Expensive, maybe. Probably not super fast. But we could be doing better. Better ventilation and air filtration. Public masking. Vaccinations. Funding for all that, plus paid medical leave. If we had done all that, we could have saved a lot of lives.

I didn’t expect any better than we got from Trump. I knew he was going to manage a shitshow. But I did expect better from Biden.

Biden should be ashamed of himself forever for how he and his administration are handling this.

🦠 PBS News Hour: U.S. COVID deaths hit 1 million less than 3 years into the pandemic

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died in the Civil War and World War II combined. It’s as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out.

“It is hard to imagine a million people plucked from this earth,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, who leads a new pandemic center at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island. “It’s still happening and we are letting it happen.”

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We had about 3,000 new cases reported over the weekend in Oregon, which puts us well back into “surge” territory. And considering that cases may be as much as 10 times worse than reported because of undercounting due to home testing and just general lack of testing… Well, let’s just say that it doesn’t look like I’ll be taking my mask off, doing much of anything indoors, or eating inside any restaurants any time soon.

SCotUS votes to overturn Roe v. Wade

Politico got a hold of their draft opinion and they’ve apparently voted to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Please believe this won’t stop with abortion rights. They’ll overturn Roe v. Wade. They’ll outlaw abortion at the federal level. They’ll roll back marriage equality for LGBTQ+ people. They’ll outlaw birth control for people with uteruses.

They intend to strip everything we’ve won in the last 50-some years. They intend to take it all away. They will not be happy until their weird little christofascist cult is the unyielding law of the land.

If you’re not white, if you’re not male, if you’re not straight, if you’re not cis, if you’re not one of their weird little cult members, they are coming for you.

SCotUSBlog: Court has voted to overturn Roe, according to draft opinion published by Politico

The Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, according to a copy of an apparent draft opinion obtained by Politico.

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Initial votes on the outcome of a case can change — and the wording of opinions frequently does — as the justices deliberate and circulate draft opinions. The court is expected to release its decision in Dobbs in the next two months.

Books I Read in April 2022

“Cabal slapped him hard. Perhaps harder than necessary, but he felt he deserved a little recreation.” – The Fear Institute

April was a busy month, so I didn’t get to read much. I did start re-reading the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard. This is a great series, tons of fun, and right up next to the Dresden Files as far as favorite books goes.

  1. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, Jonathan L. Howard
  2. Johannes Cabal the Detective, Jonathan L. Howard
  3. The Fear Institute, Jonathan L. Howard

Kamala Harris, Anthony Fauci, & Most Americans

I will be furious at the people in charge of dealing with the pandemic in America until the heat death of the universe.

“We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase,” Fauci told PBS Newshour, a statement he gave while the media was announcing that the VP has COVID, and that almost 60% of Americans have had COVID.

Here’s your quick reminder that even if you don’t end up with Long COVID, you’re still probably looking at definitely long term and possibly permanent cardiac damage and brain damage.

Here’s your other quick reminder that at every fork in the road, American leaders have chosen the expedient path, the lazy path, the heartless path in dealing with the pandemic. They’ve chosen money over lives at every opportunity. They’ve left immunocompromised, disabled, and marginalized Americans to die, because it saved them money or made them more money.

So, sure. We can be “out of the pandemic phase.” We’re definitely out of the caring about the pandemic phase.

Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul, fuck every single one of our so-called leaders for the way they’ve handled the pandemic in America. Every single one.

And fuck Deborah Birx twice. She’s out here still trying to rehabilitate the reputation she sold up the river toadying to Trump. Fuck her three times.

Quick Linkdump

A quick roundup of links because I’m busy today.

Busy day ahead, so here’s a few links I saved up.