|This was my first of many pandemic banana breads. (Taken 4.27.20)|
It should've been obvious that when the CDC, and subsequently the State and the County updated their mask guidelines, that everyone was going to get it wrong. By emphasizing the "crowd" and focusing on trying to define what exactly is a "small or medium" gathering is, they once again completely blew it. KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. If you're outdoors and may engage or be around non-household people, just wear the goddamn mask. And if you've got kids, set an example and wear a goddamn mask. If you're walking down your block at 10pm and nobody is on the street, you're definitely fine not to wear a mask (vaccinated or not, really). They really blew if for places like the San Diego Zoo or other private spaces that will continue to require masks even though you now think you're exempt because you're not necessarily ever in what anyone would call a "crowd" at a Zoo or Aquarium.
I said I would watch and comment on Biden's speech, but it was pretty much as expected, especially if you watch the daily media briefings. Hopefully he can push through his major infrastructure, jobs, and families plans through reconciliation because Mitch is a fucking dick and his party will do everything they can to stall shit until midterms. 2022 elections are going to be a really big deal. Maybe some of those old farts will just cease to exist by then. I kinda started taking notes, but instead I'm just putting through the links because it gets a little too nerdy for anyone who doesn't really care or who doesn't think he can get anything done with all these roadblock assholes around.
- White House:
- Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden — Address to a Joint Session of Congress
- Excerpts from Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden to a Joint Session of Congress
- Full Video on YouTube
- Topics of Discussion:
- Deaths down by 80% in seniors
- More than half of adults have at least one dose
- Climate Action = Jobs
- Buy American: American Tax Dollars will be used to Buy American Products Made In America
- Investments in Jobs and Infrastructure
- Raise minimum wage to $15
- End Cancer
- Add 4 more years of fully-funded education: 2 years of preschool, 2 years of community college
- ACA expansion to reduce costs/deductibles/prescription drug costs
- Health Care should be a right, not a privilege in America
- No taxes on people making under $400k
- Close gun loopholes, ban ghost guns, stop high-capacity weapons, ban certain weapons from personal ownership
- Immigration: get to root problems, modernize immigration and border security
- Provide aid and security to children and families
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Delivers Emergency COVID-19 Assistance for India
- Fact Sheet: The American Families Plan
- Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines Against COVID-19 Among Hospitalized Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, January–March 2021 - CDC MMWR (4.28.21)
During January–March 2021, in a multistate network of U.S. hospitals, vaccination was associated with a reduced risk for COVID-19–associated hospitalization among adults aged ≥65 years. These data suggest that continuing to rapidly vaccinate U.S. adults against COVID-19 will likely have a marked impact on COVID-19 hospitalization and might lead to commensurate reductions in post-COVID conditions and deaths
- Young boy dies with COVID-19 after family travels to Hawaii - AP News (4.27.21)
This is a horrible, terrible story and further evidence that if you have kids, especially with known medical conditions, this pandemic is still a risky for the unvaccinated, which includes your precious offspring. I can't believe these parents felt the need to travel, let alone by plane, but they'll never get over this so I don't need to pile-on.
- San Diego City Council OKs Redevelopment Of Historic Downtown Theater - kpbs (4.27.21)
With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans? Just what we need is more "market-rate" housing to be left vacant as Airbnbs or "investment properties."
- Other Reading:
- Facing Drought, Southern California Has More Water Than Ever. Previous droughts motivated the greater Los Angeles region to build new storage and create lasting conservation habits. But vulnerabilities still remain. - Bloomberg Green + CityLab (4.28.21)
This article is about LA, but their use is 106 gallons per capita per day, whereas San Diego's is 83 gallons, according to USD, although 2020 numbers may be increased because we were all home and washing our hands 50 times a day during peak pandemic.