Weekend Open Thread: Who Do We Think We’re Kidding?

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Three pieces on Covid-19 for this week.

(1) From the Voice of OC: Orange County’s Restaurants and Shopping Centers Can Now Reopen.

Yowza!  Things must be going really well, right?  Think again.

(2) OC Moves to Reopen by Memorial Day Weekend Despite Two Record Days of Coronavirus Deaths

Well, you see 17 of the 24 deaths over that two day period are in nursing homes: and the credo of the Veruca Salt Brigade is that old people can just due if not properly quarantines — which is … whose fault? — while healthy people will survive, despite good evidence that healthy young people are not always surviving, as CoVid-19 also includes clotting disorders as well a respiratory ones.

Part of the problem is that OC has been goosing its numbers through the simple expedient of not testing very much compared to other counties, reducing the number of apparent cases.  We can tell this because the rate of positive test results in the county is above 8%, meaning that we’re largely testing only people who show symptoms, rather then the whole population, which would allow us to find asymptomatic carriers.

Makes you feel that much better about openings, right?

And if that isn’t enough good news for you, take a look at this link:

Yes, that’s facemask scofflaws deliberately coughing on people in retail stores.

Covid Coughers are writing checks their asses can’t cover.

As a lawyer, I cannot advise you what to do in a situation where someone without a mask out in public deliberately coughs in your face, but I can tell you that it sure looks like assault and battery to me and you can draw your own conclusions.

This is your Weekend Open Thread — talk about that or anything else you’d like to within reasonable bounds of discretion and contamination.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)