Monday, September 20, 2021

The US death toll from Covid-19 just surpassed that of the 1918 flu pandemic

Wow!  This comes as a surprise: 

(CNN)Despite all the scientific and medical advances of the past 103 years, the Covid-19 pandemic has now killed more Americans than the 1918 flu pandemic did. 

More than 675,000 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. That surpasses the estimated US death toll from the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century.
"If you would have talked to me in 2019, I would have said I'd be surprised," said epidemiologist Stephen Kissler of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
    "But if you talked to me in probably April or May 2020, I would say I would not be surprised we'd hit this point."

    Monday, September 6, 2021

    The Sky is Falling

    Chicken Little is right. This article from AlterNet.org stands back and gives a clear picture of just how much trouble we're in.  

    Can we clean up this mess?





  • Saturday, July 31, 2021

    Book Sale Status

     




    So, the dust is settling on the flurry of activities that took place in May and June centering on the book sale.

    As you know, we lost our lease with the Children's Museum Building and needed to move out.   The thought of finding another space was daunting, having gone though this just a few years ago as we had to leave Jackson School.  It took us over a year to find another space.  This time, though, the fates were on our side. 

    Delta Dental is building a huge new building just East of 51.  Their old building on Hoover will be taken over by Inclusa.  Inclusa is offering space to a few non-profit groups, and we were lucky enough to be one.    
    This is scheduled to happen in the Spring of 2022 if all goes well.

    We could only store some of the books we had.  We've rented a storage space and have books stored in more than a few members' store rooms, garages, and basements.  We had to sell off what we could, and pass along the rest to Goodwill and other thrift stores.  We had surprisingly good sales, and actually came out ahead on the cost of the move.  

    As usual, all hail to the members of the Book Committee and all the volunteers who worked the sale, hauled books around, or helped in a myriad of ways.  I won't attempt to list them here, since I'm sure to leave someone out, so please accept our heartfelt thank you for what you've done.

    All that said, 

    WE CAN'T ACCEPT ANY DONATIONS UNTIL THE MOVE IS COMPLETED NEXT SPRING!  

    No room, no room.

    It hurts to say this, but there's just NO ROOM.

    Wow! Our first Meeting in a Year!

     

    Our picnic/meeting was held in Plover's Heritage Park.  The weather was comfortable, the company wonderful.  It was great to be able to socialize once again.  A shout-out to Sherrilee for organizing the food.  We were excited to learn of a great opportunity that the Historical Society has been offered.  

    An opportunity to expand Heritage Park and bring the Morgan House, listed on the National & State Registry of Historic Buildings, into Society ownership. This purchase would also include the entire block surrounding the Morgan House. With this addition the Park would be 'protected' from residential and commercial encroachment and own 4 of the 20 National & State Registered buildings/sites in Portage County Wisconsin.

    The fundraising goal is $350,000 dollars, the projected selling price.


    Thursday, July 29, 2021

    Things Don't Change: American Fascism in the 40s

    From Hullabaloo:

     “The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity .…They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.” — Vice President Henry A. Wallace, April 9, 1944.

    Pfeifer resurfaces a pithy Frank (not Francis) Wilhoit quote that distills Wallace’s assessment to just over 20 words:

     “Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.