my sorry state, part 1 — the re-emergence of covid-19

Jazz hands or ‘Wait, wait, what???’

I had hoped that we would be well past the coronavirus pandemic, but such was not to be. As of today, one in five, or 20%, of all new cases come out of Florida. Look at Florida county-by-county and the hottest spots are around Orange County/Orlando, Miami-Dade, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee.

The two hottest are also the two with the greatest tourism draws, Orange/Orlando with Disney and Universal Studios, and Miami because it’s Miami and that’s where all the money is. Florida now has no mask mandates. Florida has a boot-licking MAGA governor who is determined to kill the rules that would keep us healthy and safe, and in the process, kill as many of us as possible.

We also have tourists coming to Orlando from all over without masks with many carrying the virus, willing to spread it around in super-spreader events such as Orlando the theme parks. While not in a theme park, I was at a local store near Universal to pick up groceries on Saturday when I heard a group near me speaking Portuguese. The group appeared composed of parents, several children, and an older man who I assumed was a grand parent, none of them wearing masks. I had my mask on, but added some social distance between myself and that group. Orlando is a top destination spot for Brazilians, so you’ll forgive me if I give anyone from Brazil, one of the world’s COVID-19 major hot spots, a fair amount of social distance.

In other news, former Florda data scientist and bad Florida decision making whistleblower Rebekah Jones is running against sexual predator congress-bro Matt Gaetz in 2022. We need that idiot Gaetz out and someone in his place who is competent. I wish Rebekah all the best.

the first amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This is from the Constitution (see https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-1/ ). The First Amendment is in three parts, one of which is devoted to freedom of speech. The other two concern the prohibition of establishing religion and allowing its citizens to petition (read: protest) for a “redress of grievances.” While he was president Trump broke all three quite consistently and quite hard. The establishment of religion was in my opinion the worst, with the allowance of evangelical Christians into the White House for public “laying on of hands” and very public praying, for which Christ himself spoke of in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5):

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Now Trump wants to make a big deal out of his being banned from all the social media platforms of consequence. And that’s where Trump shows his total ignorance of the First Amendment. When the First Amendment talks about “abridging freedom of speech,” it’s talking about Congress, meaning the federal government, from abridging freedom of speech. The government doesn’t own any of the platforms, and makes no attempt to regulate them (although regulation may come sooner than later due to documented monopolistic practices having nothing to do with free speech). Trump is pissed because a lot of people got tired of his endless lying and what it eventually led to, i.e. January 6th, which led to his being booted off those social media platforms. Or, to put it rather succinctly: