Another near-lost most-ominous piece of particulars on the infestation of a “nightmare” — Dr. Anthony Fauci (CNN today):
“Ebola was scary, but Ebola would never be easily transmitted,” Fauci said speaking at the BIO International Convention.
“HIV, as important as it is, was drawn out and over an extended period of time,” added Fauci, who is also a top member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Many never felt threatened by the disease because it was always a threat “depending upon who you are, where you are, where you live.”
In the past, when people would ask Fauci to describe a disease that would be his worst nightmare, he said he would often describe it as something that was a brand new respiratory infection that likely jumped from an animal, and had a very high degree of transmissibility.
The world has seen outbreaks that have at least some of those characteristics, he said, but Covid-19 had all of those characteristics combined.
“Now we have something that turned out to be my worst nightmare,” Fauci said.
“In the period of four months, it has devastated the world.”
Condensed into a short amount of time, the pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands in the US alone, and there are many millions of infections worldwide.
It was “unexpected how rapidly,” it would spread,” he said.
“It just took over the planet,” Fauci said.
“And it isn’t over yet.”
He further explained the not-being ‘over‘ thingie (MarketWatch): ‘He also dismissed hopes that the pandemic will be over anytime soon. “Where is it going to end? We’re still at the beginning of it,” he said.‘
Should carry weight as a major news item today for sure, but dwarfed right now by the George Floyd phenomenon — most-positive feedback in the midst of the pandemic, with a shitload of dying, from COVID-19, and cops. Add bonus of maybe helping spread the virus.
Incredible double blast in just the first six months of 2020.
In a flashback from my post yesterday, which featured Al Sharpton from an episode of “Boston Legal,” today he spoke in real-time reality with spirited remarks at the funeral of George Floyd in Houston:
— ABC News (@ABC) June 9, 2020
Via the Guardian‘s live blog:
The Rev Al Sharpton sharply criticized Trump’s response to the George Floyd protests, describing the president’s recent actions as “wickedness in high places.”
While delivering a eulogy at Floyd’s memorial service in Houston, Sharpton said Trump was more focused on how to stop the protests than how to stop police brutality.
The civil rights activist accused the president of being fixated on how the protests would affect his re-election bid and putting American lives in jeopardy as a result.
“You take rubber bullets and teargas to clear out peaceful protesters, and then take a Bible and walk in front of a church, and use a church as a prop. Wickedness in high places,” Sharpton said.
A most-spot-on view of the ‘police‘ and racial/civil justice-situation across the US, watch John Oliver’s show from last Sunday — way-worth the time, really informative presented in Oliver’s way, which in this episode is the sad truth.
Meanwhile, back to that ‘wretched hive of scum and villainy‘ — T-Rump’s White House, and word of an official presidential speech on matters of race (h/t LGM)
Stephen Miller, who crafted @realDonaldTrump immigration policy at the southern border, including separating families and caging children, is preparing a @WhiteHouse speech on race relations. @aurnonline #AURN report https://t.co/2BMNkGPqgq
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) June 9, 2020
Just to encapsulate Herr Miller — a squib from a piece on the nefarious Mr. Miller last February at The New Yorker
Miller is famously vindictive, and, as Trump runs for a second term, he is sure to grow only more powerful.
“Miller doesn’t have to get Trump to believe everything he does,” one of the officials told me.
“He just has to get Trump to say it all.”
Included was an off-the-record interview with Miller: Afterward, the White House sent me a quote for attribution: “It is the single greatest honor of my life to work for President Trump and to support his incredible agenda.”
A rough, sinister time to weather in the immediate-near future…
Also apropos for the moment (ht Susie):
‘But I’m near the end and I just ain’t got the time…’
(Illustration: M.C Escher’s ‘Scholastica,’ found here).