A DUCK FAMILY: A DAY IN THE LIFE
We live in a time of 24/7 bad news. Every morning while reading the news, I checked the virus cases and death numbers. Awful, as usual.
The virus is more to deal with each day than most of us have faced in a lifetime. But we also receive almost daily revelations of a president and his federal government appointees whose cruelty and corruption are rampant with no checks in sight.
We could all use a calming break. This day-in-the life video of a duck family with several babies who are about five weeks old helps.
MOURNING IN AMERICA
The Lincoln Project, they tell us, “is an American political action committee formed in late 2019 by several prominent Republicans. The goal of the committee is to prevent the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.”
Earlier this week, the superpac released an anti-Trump ad on Fox News that it says, brought in $1.4 million in donations to continue its work. Facebook has slapped the video with a “Partly False Information” label. See what you think:
DEPARTMENT OF YOU CAN'T MAKE UP THIS STUFF
I'm quoting Digby in that headline and she is, of course, correct. While Trump was touring the Honeywell face mask factory in Arizona on Tuesday (while not wearing a mask), Live and Let Die by Axl Rose was blasting in the background. Take a listen:
HOW NEW ZEALAND BEAT THE CORONAVIRUS DOWN TO ZERO CASES
And did it in just seven weeks.
THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE
President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, stepped in it when he told TV cameras that the U.S. strategic national stockpile does not belong to the states. It is “ours,” he said, meaning – well, that's hard to know. The Trump family? The White House? Who is "ours".
Nevertheless, I was interested in the Washington Post video feature about what it is, what it looks like and a bit about how it operates.
BIOLUMINESCENT WAVES OFF CALIFORNIA COAST
The Guardian reported on the bioluminescent waves recently seen off the California coast.
”The event occurs every few years along the coast of southern California,” reports the paper, “though locals say this year’s sea sparkle is especially vibrant, possibly related to historic rains that soaked the region and generated algal bloom.”
CHINA'S RESPONSE TO TRUMP
China's official Xinhua news agency released an Lego-like animation mocking the U.S. response to COVID-19. It is titled Once Upon a Virus. Thank my friend Jim Stone for sending this along.
THE ALEX AND RONNI SHOW
Last Tuesday, my former husband and I recorded our biweekly chat and I haven't had time to post it until now. I'm pretty sure we mostly talked about the virus.
THE BEST CAT PHOTOS I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME
The Bored Panda website tells us that in 2017,
”...a kitten called Edmund arrived. For the next two and a half years, he was a force of nature in our lives until he was taken from us by a hit-and-run driver on the quiet country lane where we live. I took thousands of photographs of him during his short life, here are 40 of my favorites.”
Here is a sampling of three.
There are 37 more gorgeous, fun and funny photos of Edmund at Bored Panda.
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