Juneteenth in Oakland, retail social distancing and BLM in a nearby park

Big march in Oakland In honor of Juneteenth the ILWU has shut down the ports on the West Coast and there is a Black Lives Matter march from the Port of Oakland into central downtown. Thousands of people, as far as I could see. Very much in the spirit of Occupy. It’s possible that IContinue reading “Juneteenth in Oakland, retail social distancing and BLM in a nearby park”

A Ride Around the Block

Biden won the Hawaii Democratic primary today, 63% to 37% for Bernie, with Bernie not even running. Biden picked up 16 delegates and Bernie got 8, making Biden 1566 delegates so far. https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3085814/joe-biden-wins-hawaii-presidential-primary-delayed The paper that reported this didn’t bother to mention how many delegates Bernie has: it’s 1007 as of today. There are aboutContinue reading “A Ride Around the Block”

Utopia, Eutopia, Labor Relations Sci Fi and Bernie and Biden’s Task Force

83,000 dead in the US; none in Vietnam. The figures from Vietnam are credible; they’ve been subjected to a lot of international scrutiny and people agree that they’re good. Moving right along: All of America on one stage, celebrating, circa 1943 This is from a book by Robert McCloskey. You may recognize the hand ofContinue reading “Utopia, Eutopia, Labor Relations Sci Fi and Bernie and Biden’s Task Force”


We’re at about 55,000 deaths, but I don’t know if that includes nursing home deaths, where about a third of the people in them appear to be dying. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200430-sitrep-101-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=2ba4e093_2 Vietnam: Zero deaths Vietnam appears to have experienced no deaths from COVID-19. Zero. I first heard this from friends there, then it showed up on theContinue reading “Numbers”

The American Century and Kangaroo Island

When I think about how bad can it get, I think about Kangaroo Island, a big long island off the coast of Australia that burned a few months ago. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/kangaroo-island-bushfires-before-and-after-destruction/11970788 It was mainly a nature reserve and tourist destination and the reason people went to it was to see the koalas and kangaroos. My brotherContinue reading “The American Century and Kangaroo Island”