Rock, Rock, Rock And Roll High School

Well, first of all, Public Education is a system of conditioning an Army of obedient Meat Puppets as Labor Slaves for Corporatists.

Now don’t mistake my cynicism. I had a wonderful Education I greatly enjoyed, mostly because my Teachers were scared of me in that Anthony Fremont kind of way.

I admit I am somewhat disturbed by Ned Lamont’s decision to leave it to Local School Boards (generally populated by militant Dominionists because the Left is not organized very well) and the nearly universal assumption that “Age Cohort Bonding” or “Socialization” is as or more important than actually knowing stuff.

“I just figure, a State with a 1% Positivity Rate, that low, if we can’t Open, nobody else will be able to Open.”

So the Land with the Steady Habit of selling you Wood Chips and calling it Nutmeg, innovators in the Cotton Trade, Race Slavery, and Sweatshops, has decided that we’ll be willing Guinea Pigs for this Social Experiment.

Cool.

Hope that all works out.

North Paulding High to go online for 2 days after COVID cases
By Ty Tagami, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Aug 9, 2020

The Paulding County high school that became infamous for hallways crowded with unmasked students will retreat online for at least a couple days this week after revealing that a half-dozen students and three staffers were diagnosed with COVID-19.

The district said it needs time to disinfect the North Paulding High School building and look for other potentially infected individuals.

“On Monday and Tuesday, the school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and the district will consult with the Department of Public Health to assess the environment and determine if there (are) any additional close contacts for confirmed cases who have not already been identified,” Paulding Superintendent Brian Otott wrote in a letter to parents Sunday.

Otott said parents will be notified Tuesday evening about whether North Paulding High School will reopen Wednesday.

I apologize for any inconvenience this schedule change may cause, but hopefully we all can agree that the health and safety of our students and staff takes precedence over any other considerations at this time,” he wrote.

Otott’s letter followed one Saturday by Principal Gabe Carmona disclosing to parents that six students and three staff members who were in the school last week had reported getting positive tests for the coronavirus.

The school made national news after it opened Monday and images of the crowded hallways quickly went viral on social media.

The school district suspended two students, including one who publicly acknowledged posting one of the photos on Tuesday. The punishment led to a national outcry from critics who said school leaders were trying to silence the students. After the pushback, the district relented and lifted the suspensions on Friday.

In the weekend letters from Otott and Carmona, district officials advised parents to have their children tested for COVID-19 if they were displaying common symptoms, such as fever or loss of taste or smell.

Angie Franks said both her nephews who attend the school have tested positive for COVID-19. One came home from school Monday unable to smell, she said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His mother took him for testing and got results the next day that showed he had been infected with the coronavirus, Franks said. By then, his brother was exhibiting symptoms and was also tested. His positive results were returned Wednesday.

The students are quarantining at home, but both went to North Paulding High on the first day of school last Monday. Franks said the boys’ father notified the school on Tuesday and Wednesday after getting their test results.

“They sat in class all day long with no masks and not social distancing,” Franks said. “And I have no idea how many kids they came into contact with.”

She said the boys did not grasp the gravity of the virus and weren’t encouraged to wear masks in classrooms or hallways by the school. Paulding County’s school system is not mandating masks for students and staff, although it is supplying them for teachers.

Concerns about Paulding’s safety planning led one school nurse to resign from the district last month.

We can probably do better than that.

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Wake up, Maroon.

The Breakfast Club (Ideologies)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

‘Son of Sam’ killer David Berkowitz caught near New York City; Leno and Rosemary LaBianca murdered by Charles Manson’s cult; FDR stricken with polio; The Smithsonian Institution established.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

Eugene Ionesco

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Rant of the Week: Vic Dibitetto – Mitch McSh*tstain

‘Here’s the reality, Mitch McSh*tstain: Kentucky received more federal funds than it pays back’ — Comedian Vic Dibitetto slammed Mitch McConnell for attacking blue states like New York with some very blue language.

Warning: Language not suitable for young children or the work place.

No More ‘Game of Thrones’?!

Sadly we are without John this week and reading the YouTube Descriptions (or maybe I’ve visited often enough that I get automatic notification, I’m just happy I get less Fascist spam) informs me that the final Marble Runs of the 2020 Season will be posted next week.

Well, I’m kind of sad but the absence of Marble Competition, Sports Coverage will be filled by more obscure contests.

No Sports?

A Keel? A Rudder? A Sail?

Those are things a Ship needs. What a Ship is…

Is Freedom.

Finals next, but they’re not posted yet because?

We’re on AC36 in case you’re keeping score and the actual factual races won’t take place before January – February 2021 (which makes sense because it’s in New Zealand).

Why is there never any Rum?

Well, that time.

Oh, that’s why.

The Breakfast Club (Fried)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club!

AP’s Today in History for August 9th

The U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan; President Richard Nixon resigns; Charles Manson cult murders actress Sharon Tate and four others; Singer Whitney Houston born; Musician Jerry Garcia dies.

Breakfast Tune We Banjo 3 – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (Whitney Houston)

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

HOW COPS CAN SECRETLY TRACK YOUR PHONE
Kim Zetter, The Intercept

SINCE MAY, AS protesters around the country have marched against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, activists have spotted a recurring presence in the skies: mysterious planes and helicopters hovering overhead, apparently conducting surveillance on protesters. A press release from the Justice Department at the end of May revealed that the Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Marshals Service were asked by the Justice Department to provide unspecified support to law enforcement during protests. A few days later, a memo obtained by BuzzFeed News offered a little more insight on the matter; it revealed that shortly after protests began in various cities, the DEA had sought special authority from the Justice Department to covertly spy on Black Lives Matter protesters on behalf of law enforcement.

Although the press release and memo didn’t say what form the support and surveillance would take, it’s likely that the two agencies were being asked to assist police for a particular reason. Both the DEA and the Marshals possess airplanes outfitted with so-called stingrays or dirtboxes: powerful technologies capable of tracking mobile phones or, depending on how they’re configured, collecting data and communications from mobile phones in bulk.

Stingrays have been used on the ground and in the air by law enforcement for years but are highly controversial because they don’t just collect data from targeted phones; they collect data from any phone in the vicinity of a device. That data can be used to identify people — protesters, for example — and track their movements during and after demonstrations, as well as to identify others who associate with them. They also can inject spying software onto specific phones or direct the browser of a phone to a website where malware can be loaded onto it, though it’s not clear if any U.S. law enforcement agencies have used them for this purpose….

Something to think about over coffee prozac

U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones
Byron Tau, WSJ

WASHINGTON—A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Anomaly Six LLC a Virginia-based company founded by two U.S. military veterans with a background in intelligence, said in marketing material it is able to draw location data from more than 500 mobile applications, in part through…

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY); White House Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow; ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams; and Cardoza School of Law professor Kate Shaw.

The roundtable guests are: ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd; Democratic Strategist Paul Begala; Fordham University Associate Professor Christina Greer; and Republican Strategist Alice Stewart.

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Charles L. Evans; Kansas city, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas (D); Gov. Ned Lamont (D-CT); Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Robert C. O’Brien; and former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: White House trade advisor Peter Navarro; Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL); Thomas V. Inglesby, MD, Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Coronavirus and the classroom with Theodore Carrillo-Small; Kristin McCalry; and Jacqueline Dungey.

The panel guests are: Editor of the National Review Rich Lowry; MSNBC Anchor Joshua Johnson; and host of MSNBC’s Kasie DC, Kasie Hunt

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); White House Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow; and Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH).

Oh, My Beautiful Wickedness

What a day, what a day, what a day.

Thoughts and prayers.

This Afternoon’s Presser

There is no reason to believe it will be any different from yesterday’s.

I had the good fortune not to watch any of it myself, but some people think it’s…

Instructive.

Calling it a ‘peaceful protest,’ Trump flouts coronavirus guidelines with golf club gathering
By Toluse Olorunnipa, Washington Post
August 8, 2020

Just before 7 p.m. Friday evening, members of President Trump’s private golf club here began streaming into a gilded ballroom by the dozens. Some carried wine glasses — few wore masks.

The happy hour scene just steps from the golf course was orchestrated by Trump, who decided late Friday to hold an impromptu news conference and invite his club members to gather indoors in defiance of state restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

With coronavirus cases nearing 5 million in the United States and average daily deaths topping 1,000, Trump’s retreat to the confines of his private club offered him an opportunity to create a kind of alternate reality in which his presidency is not being beset by numerous crises.

After walking into the room to the sound of applause and “Hail to the Chief” playing over a loudspeaker, Trump told the crowd that newly released job numbers showed a resurging economy, the border wall was continuing to be built and executive orders were being drawn up to circumvent an intransigent Congress.

The pandemic, he told the room, “is disappearing. It’s going to disappear.”

Many in the crowd behaved as if the pandemic had already vanished, forgoing guidelines on social distancing, face coverings and avoiding nonessential gatherings.

Playing dual roles as president and business owner, Trump seemed happy to facilitate a carefree evening for his members — despite the health risks.

In the few minutes Trump spent focusing on the health crisis, he presented misleading or incomplete statistics indicating that other countries were facing a new “surge” in infections and the United States’ position as the world’s epicenter for the coronavirus was primarily due to the large number of tests being performed, an argument health experts have continuously said is incorrect.

“We’re constantly showing cases, cases, cases, cases are up,” Trump said. “Well, the reason cases are up because we’re doing, one of the reasons, we’re doing a lot of testing.”

But health experts say it will take vigilant mitigation practices by the public — not positive spin or wishful thinking — to gain control of a virus that has killed more than 157,000 Americans.

Little of that was on display when Trump’s well-heeled golf club members began making their way into the grand ballroom under a light drizzle Friday. Some people had their temperatures checked at the door, many didn’t. The group or more than 100 mingled in one small section of the 5,000-square-foot ballroom, with mere inches between each person.

Asked by reporters if they had been tested for the coronavirus before the impromptu conference, no one in the crowd responded.

After reporters noted the lack of social distancing in the crowd, a club official just told the crowd to “spread out a little bit” because “the tweets are going out.” Masks were also handed out shortly before Trump arrived.

New Jersey guidelines limit most indoor gatherings to 25 people or 25 percent of a room’s capacity, whichever is lower. People are required to wear masks and maintain a distance of at least six feet.

The office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) referred questions about Trump’s club event to the Bedminster police and the New Jersey attorney general’s office.

“At this time we’re not going to comment on an alleged violation,” Steven Barnes, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said Friday. The Bedminster police did not respond to a request for comment.

Asked why he was staging an event in defiance of state guidelines, Trump denied that the gathering was unlawful. He cited an exemption that allows for indoor gatherings of up to 100 people for political events or protests.

“You have an exclusion in the law. It says peaceful protest or political activity, right?” Trump said. “And you can call it political activity, but I’d call it peaceful protest because they heard you were coming up and they know the news is fake.”

The question drew boos from the crowd and Trump’s response was greeted with applause. The president walked away as his club members continued to cheer.

But as the news conference ended, it remained unclear why Trump decided to stage the unscheduled event.

Members in the crowd were mostly silent through the president’s remarks, a far cry from the kind of raucous rallies he held before the pandemic. At some point between Trump’s remarks on the “favored-nations clause” for pharmaceuticals and the personnel policies at the Tennessee Valley Authority, a little girl in a yellow dress took a seat on the floor.

Before the 40-minute news conference, Trump briefly stepped out to privately address some of the members of his club, which reportedly has a six-figure initiation fee. He promised a one-of-a-kind show to the group, which included men in golf shorts and gem-tone polo shirts, women in sundresses and a smattering of children in miniaturized versions of these outfits.

“You’ll get to meet the fake news tonight. You’ll get to see what I have to go through,” he told the group, according to CNN, which pulled the audio from a hot mic. “Who’s there? Oh all my killers are there, wow. So you’ll get to see some of the people that we deal with every day.”

But the club’s ballroom, described on a company website as “lavishly decorated” with “exquisite French doors, crystal chandeliers and sconces,” struck some as a poor choice to hold a news conference in a middle of a pandemic that has decimated the economy.

“Who decided it would look good for Trump to speak to a bunch of rich Trump club members about the need to deliver unemployed Americans relief,” Amanda Carpenter, a former aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and a Trump critic who wrote a book titled “Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies To Us,” wrote on Twitter. “All this shows is that Trump isn’t in Washington, isn’t working on this with urgency, and is supported by wealthy loyalists who can’t be bothered with masks.”

As for the president, he has expressed no qualms about the optics of meeting with large groups of wealthy supporters at a time when so many are struggling. He is scheduled to hold fundraisers in the Hamptons and near the Jersey Shore this weekend before returning to Washington on Sunday.

And he is scheduled to hold another news conference — or peaceful protest — at his golf club Saturday afternoon.

So, a curtain raiser. Yesterday goes in the Greatest Hits bin.

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What Makes A Sandwich A Sandwich?

Well, if you believe the myth it’s a piece of bread or two (there is considerable debate on this point) with a stuffing that you can eat without utensils while playing cards and not getting them greasy.

On a deeper level, what is anything?

Plato posited “Absolutes” which carried within them the definition of the essential elements that made some thing, say a Chair, a Chair regardless of superficial variation.

My question is- “Can you sit on it?”

The Breakfast Club (Originality)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

President Richard Nixon says he’ll resign; Thieves stage Britain’s ‘Great Train Robbery’; Nazi saboteurs in the U.S. executed during World War II; Mexico’s Emiliano Zapata and actor Dustin Hoffman born.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

Laurence J. Peter

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