COVID deaths in the US have now passed 100k, and are on track to exceed US combat deaths in World War I. The school year just ended. They are tentatively planning to re-open schools in the fall, but we can’t assume anything about the future. We’re swamped with home projects and farm work, so the isolation hasn’t been too hard here. Our area is basically reopened now, and I’ve been venturing out once or twice a week. Cases in my county have been very low until the past week. Suddenly there are dozens of new cases in the past few days. Not sure if this is indicates a local surge, or is due to changes in testing, or is a random blip.
SpaceX successfully launched and delivered two astronauts to the ISS. People across the US partied for Memorial Day, many are acting like the pandemic is over. Meanwhile, protests and riots exploded in every major US city since George Floyd was murdered on camera by a police officer in Minneapolis. Trump’s response has been to fan the flames, saying “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” and has threatened to deploy US military police to suppress the protests and riots. Trump has also been in an escalating confrontation with Twitter and other social media services, and signed an executive order revising their status under the CDA; it seems to be a meaningless order meant to intimidate social platforms and service providers. Trump inexplicably moved to withdraw the US from the WHO. China moved to exert greater authority over Hong Kong, and the US state department removed HK’s “autonomous” status. Court documents from the Trump/Epstein pedophilia case were evidently released by hackers. Did I miss anything?
Here’s hoping the world survives for another month.